Dika's Inspiration + [tutorial]

It's A Hoot Triple-Squared Quilt Tutorial!!!

Pattern inspiration

As promised, here is my version of the "Triple Squared Quilt" tutorial I originally planned for the Moda Bake Shop. If you need to catch up on the story behind the tutorial, read this post. I just want to say that Moda has been very kind and gracious throughout this little debacle, but regrets they won't be able to re-post it. Thank you all so much for your supportive words, I'm really happy so many of you still wanted the tute, so here it is! And of course we all know there are dozens of different variations on this design floating around out there, my little version is just engineered to help you get the most variety of print and color combinations out of ten inch squares of fabric.

If you want to whip one up out of your favorite layer cake, here is what you'll need:

  • One or two It's a Hoot layer cakes, depending on whether you'd like to make a baby-sized or large throw quilt. You could easily convert this to a jelly roll, fat quarters or yardage also and make any size quilt you like.

  • 3/4 yard It's a Hoot print 32377 45 Fudge Turquoise for the binding

  • 4 yards It's a Hoot print 32371 15 Sky for the backing

  • a Design Wall (I  highly recommend this, even if it is just a piece of batting tacked to your wall - that's what I use! I will make designing your quilt so much more easy and enjoyable.)                                           

  • Pattern inspiration

    First, open up your layer cake(s) and pet all the yummy new fabrics:) Next divide them into three piles, trying for a good diversity of prints and colors in each stack. Then, combine two of the stacks into one pile. You will have one stack with 14 (28) prints and the other with 28 (56) prints.

    Pattern inspiration

    You will begin by rotary cutting the larger stack as follows:
    • 1 strip 6.5 by 2.5 inches
    • 4 strips 4.5 by 2.5
    • 4 squares 2.5 by 2.5

    Pattern inspiration

    Make yourself a little cutting map of this diagram for easy reference. The cross-hatch sections indicate portions unused in the pattern - set those aside.

    With the smaller pile, cut the following pieces:
    • 2 strips 6.5 by 2.5
    • 3 strips 4.5 by 2.5
    • 3 squares 2.5 by 2.5
    Pattern inspiration

    Here is the cutting diagram for that pile.

    Phew! All done?

    Now you can separate all the pieces by size.

    You will start building your blocks by pulling two squares of different colors and prints and sewing these right side together. Finger press your seams to the left.

    Pattern inspiration

    Next, chose a 4.5 inch long strip matching the square on the left and sew it, right sides together, to the top of the squares. Finger press this seam towards the new strip.

    Pattern inspiration

    Chose another contrasting 4.5 inch strip and sew it to the left of your new square, finger pressing again to the left.

    Pattern inspiration

    And finally add the matching 6.5 inch strip to the top and finger press again toward the new strip. Now, press your finished quarter block and start making a pile.

    Pattern inspiration

    After I've completed a dozen or two, I like to start placing them in a pleasing way on the design wall, arranging four mini - blocks to make one larger window-paned square, or bento box. Try and be as diverse as possible with your combinations. 

    Pattern inspiration

    When you get near the end of your strips and squares, you will have some left over. I added these in with my cutting scraps and made myself a new mug rug and patchworked the front of a new tote! You could also use them in piecing a backing, if you wish.

    Now you'll want to sew you quadrants together, and press your seams open to minimize bulk in the center where all the seams meet.

    Here is what your finished block will look like!

    Pattern inspiration

    Now sew these beauties up in rows, 4 by 4 blocks for the baby size,

    Pattern inspiration

    or 5 by 6 for the throw quilt!

    Baste, quilt and bind! Enjoy your cozy new quilt!

    This will yield one generous baby quilt, approximately 48 by 48.

    Or, if you used two layer cakes, one 56 by 68 throw quilt!

    Pattern inspiration

    Pattern inspiration

    I hope you all enjoyed my little tutorial - it's my first so go easy on me! But please let me know if there are any changes you find that need to be made:)


    It's A Hoot Triple-Squared Quilt Tutorial!!! {tutorial}