Dec 28: Side Step Quilt Setting

Sidestep - Title

I’ve been following the progress of members of the Moda Bakeshop Bakers group on Facebook, and I have to say I’m amazed at how many of you found time in your busy holiday schedule to actually make all 25 blocks in the 2018 Countdown to Christmas collection!

54″ x 72″ Lap Quilt 72″ x 72″ Snuggle Quilt
(18) 12″ blocks, (36) 6″ blocks (24) 12″ blocks, (48) 6″ blocks
Backing Size: 63″ x 80″ (3.5 yards) Backing Size: 81″ x 81″ (4.5 yards)
Batting Size: 63″ x 80″ Batting Size: 81″ x 81″
Binding: 7 2.5″ x WOF strips (.5 yd) Binding: 8 2.5″ x WOF strips (.75yds)

Here is another option for setting your sampler blocks:


First, the basic “Sidestep” setting unit. It is simply one 12.5″ (unfinished size) block plus two 6.5″ blocks sewn into a pair, then sewn to the larger block. This gives you a 12.5″ x 18.5″ unit.

Note: My illustrations show only my Prairie Christmas Star block. You decide which blocks you put in your quilt and how many of each block you want to make.


To construct these quilts, sew the units into horizontal rows. Rows 1, 3 and 5  will have the small blocks on the right side of the large blocks. Rows 2, 4, and 6 have the small blocks on the left side of the large blocks.

18-36 PCS

Option 1 is a 54″ x 72″ Lap Quilt. For this option, you will need 18 large blocks and 36 small blocks. Again, you get to choose which eighteen large blocks you choose.

Personally, I would choose the more complicated patterns for the large blocks, and use the simpler patterns for the small blocks.

There are six rows in this quilt with three units in each row.

Use the chart below to plot the placement of your sampler blocks.

18-36 Blank

54″ x 72″ Lap Quilt

Because so many of you have already made all 25 large blocks, here is Option 2, which has four units per row, and six rows, for a 72″ x 72″ quilt…large enough to share with your favorite snuggle buddy!

24-48 Blank

72″ x 72″ Snuggle Quilt

The “Snuggle” quilt takes 24 large blocks and 48 small blocks.

If that seems like more small blocks than you want to make, consider substituting some 6.5″ 4-Patch and/or 9-Patch blocks, and/or some 6.5″ fussy cuts of your favorite Christmas prints or plaids. It’s your quilt, so let your creativity shine!

54″ x 72″ Lap Quilt or 72″ x 72″ Snuggle Quilt

In just a few days, we get to unwrap a bright shiny new year, and I know the Moda Bake Shop chefs are already hard at work on dozens of new recipes to share with you. I hope to contribute two or three myself. In the meanwhile, I hope you’ll follow my blog posts on, and “Like” my Facebook page (links below).

Happy New Year!

Anne Wiens

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10 comments on “Dec 28: Side Step Quilt Setting

  1. Lisa Rogerio says:

    Again, I’m a little disappointed. Had we been told from the beginning to make both sizes I would have. Unfortunately, I only made 12 in. blocks. Are we getting a setting for only 12 inch blocks?

    • Anne Wiens says:

      If you don’t want to make the 6″ blocks, you could easily adapt this setting. Replace the two small blocks in each unit with a 6.5″ x 12.5″ vertical strip of a nice print.

  2. Lisa Calle says:

    Lisa – these are just ideas. Make whatever you want to fit the blocks you made! 12” blocks are easy because they make a good sized quilt with or without sashing.

  3. Marta Laszcz says:

    This is a beautiful setting! I have enjoyed logging in each day to review the quilt blocks, study the method for assembly, contemplate choice of fabrics, etc. FUN! I am very found of this second setting design. The use of smaller and bigger blocks adds a lot of movement to the quilt.

  4. Renee M. says:

    I’m using social media to get examples of red and white quilts and how they are set. Regardless of simple or complex settings the red and white is so vibrant it is reliably gorgeous!

  5. Laurie says:

    I love this setting! I made the 6″ blocks, so I think I’ll use a different setting for them, and make a full quilt with this, with your Prairie Christmas Star block. I think it would be gorgeous in blues and greens. Thank you!

    • Anne Wiens says:

      Oh, that would be a pretty combination, Laurie! I’ve been thinking of making a scrap version, myself. – Anne

  6. Mary Andra Holmes says:

    Fabulous setting. Thank you. I designed a block for a 6″ x 12″ setting too. Not knowing you had designed this setting. Great minds….LOL

  7. Karen Lanham-Evans says:

    how do I get the pattern

    • Lisa Calle says:

      Hi Karen! The patterns for each block were posted throughout the month of December. You can find them by clicking on the Index tab at the top of the site. Then click on 2018 to see links for each day/pattern in December.

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