Summer Plans Quilt

Hello, friends! I’m Kairle Oaks of Handcrafted Goodness. It’s that time of year in Utah when we have had enough of winter and we’re thinking ahead to warm summer days. I’m ready to get outside in the garden and plant flowers that will bring bright, happy colors to my drab landscape.

This fun buzz-saw quilt, made in “Grunge Hits the Spot” by BasicGrey, has me feeling all sorts of warm, sunny thoughts! I made my first buzz-saw quilt many years ago while participating in a small local quilt guild. I’ve revisited this simple traditional block several times, and I’m excited to share it with you today.

This quilt finishes at 55″ x 66″.

1 Fat Quarter Bundle  {Grunge Hits the Spot by BasicGrey}
2 yards background fabric
4 yards backing fabric {Meraki Desta Wren 90494-12}
1/2 yard binding fabric

Choose 15 fat quarters. From each fat quarter, cut:

  • Four (4) 6.5″ squares
  • Eight (8) 6″x 2″ strips

From background fabric, cut:

  • Ten (10) 6.5″ x Width of Fabric strips
  • Subcut into sixty (60) 6.5″ x 6.5″ squares

To make TWO sections, you will need the following pieces.

Make two half-square triangles by drawing a diagonal line on the background piece. Place the two squares right sides together. Sew 1/4″ from each side of the line. Separate by cutting on the line, then press each half-square triangle to the dark side. Trim to 6″ square.

NOTE: This next step is very important! Make sure that every half-square triangle is positioned as shown, with the dark piece of the triangle in the lower right-hand corner. 

Cut each square into four (4) 1-1/2″ pieces, as shown.

Rearrange the pieces as shown below, adding one 2″x6″ piece on the left side.

Stitch together and press. Each section should measure 6″ square.

Arrange four sections to make one buzz-saw block. Make 30 blocks.

Arrange buzz-saw blocks five (5) across and six (6) down. Sew together.

Quilt and bind as desired.


Quilted by Utah Valley Quilting.

This quilt finishes at 55″ x 66″.

I hope that this quilt has you thinking about your summer plans, whether it be gardening, quilting, or just soaking up some much needed sun! Please check out the other projects that are keeping me busy this winter on my Instagram account or on my blog! Happy quilting!

Kairle Oaks
Handcrafted Goodness


29 comments on “Summer Plans Quilt

  1. Karen says:

    I think this would make a great quilt for my sons’ friend!

    • moni says:

      i have a problem,my blocks dont come out 6 by 6,i did everthing the way it should be done.what i.m doing wrong,please help

  2. Jill Lewis says:

    What is the backing fabric for the “grunge hits the spot” quilt and also the binding?

  3. Irena Mangone says:

    Bright and cheery. Thank you

  4. Gill Pattie says:

    Is my maths at fault? I don’t think you can get 84 X 6.5inch squares from 10 wof strips!

    • Sheri says:

      I think that the amount of squares might be wrong. Maybe the correct amount is 60 white squares since the instructions say to make 60 squares from the fat quarters.

      • Gill Pattie says:

        Good spot Sheri!

        • Sheri says:

          Hopefully someone will look at the comments and determine if a correction needs to be made to the instructions.

          • WesternNYLady says:

            I agree. My math says you’ll only get 60 – 6.5″ squares. An update to the pattern download would be good.

      • Kairle Oaks says:

        You are correct! It should be 60 background squares. I originallly made this quilt larger and missed this adjustment when rewriting the tutorial. I have made the correction to the blog post, but I’m waiting for MBS to make the change on the PDF. Happy quilting!

  5. Linda says:

    I have made this quilt with layer cakes, never thought to make it with charms. I love that idea

  6. WesternNYLady says:

    Love this idea. So easy yet creates an amazing look. Thanks for sharing!

  7. ArtsyOne says:

    I’ve always thought that this would be a difficult pattern to make, but you make it look easy. Definitely will try this!

  8. Pattycakes says:

    Just read the comments after redoing math a few times! The math is wrong for 15 fat quarters you only get 60 6.5 squares! So does it take more than 15 fat quarters? I really want to make this.

    • Kairle Oaks says:

      The correction has been made on the blog post, but not the PDF. You will need 60 background squares. I’m eager to see your Summer Plans quilt!

  9. Jeca says:

    Just lovely! I love the colors, rich and yet somehow gentle. Looks super comfy!

  10. Nicola Kenny says:

    Your quilt is fabulous. I’d love to use the backing fabric on a quilt for my daughter. Would you mind saying what it is please.

  11. Debbi Lauzier says:

    how does one go about getting a pdf format of instructions for this and other quilts? Just discovered this…

    • WesternNYLady says:

      There is a printer friendly version at the end of the article.

      • Debbi Lauzier says:

        thanks so so much,,, it jumped right out at me, once you said that…

        • WesternNYLady says:

          There is a mistake in the PDF. For the background fabric it says “Subcut into eighty-four (84) 6.5″ x 6.5″ squares”. It should read 60 squares. Designer corrected the article but the PDF hasn’t been updated.

  12. jmn says:

    Thanks to all who wrote about the math. Started working on it today and had the same question. Glad there is a blog. JMN

  13. Mina says:

    So coloreful, so cute 🙂

  14. gail weidenaar says:

    Love this! wondering if thr quilting is a pattern or free hand?

  15. Becky says:

    I want to use layer cakes. If possible, can you tell me the width I would cut the strips, and how many layer cakes I would need? I would like to make some quilts for our bible school mission trip to Alaska. Thanks so much!

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