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In all of my quilt patterns I include diagrams for layouts in crib, napping, and twin sizes. But you don’t have to stick with the layouts I include in the pattern! There are so many possibilities to play with!
A Simple Grid
This is the most basic (and easiest) way to lay out your quilts – a simple grid. I make my crib size quilts 5 blocks x 5 blocks, like this cat quilt. . .
Napping sized quilts are 5 blocks wide and 6 blocks tall. Twin sized quilts are 7 blocks wide and 9 blocks tall.
Maybe you don’t want to applique all those blocks? You can stick with a simple grid layout, but make every other block a solid – no applique. Here’s an example with lots of different color solid blocks. . .
And here are some farm animals checkerboarded with solid brown squares.
But checkerboards aren’t your only option for appliqueing just some of your blocks. How about stripes?
Of course, you can also make your stripes go horizontally instead. 🙂
Grab some blocks and play around. See what you come up with!
All of those possibilities above are based on a simple grid, but you can shake things up a bit by adding half blocks to any quilt. You can then substitute two half blocks for any square and have the same size quilt as a grid layout.
Cut half blocks 11″ x 6″ then trim to 10 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ after quilting and applique, so that when sewn up with 1/4 inch seam allowance the finished half block is 10″ x 5″ – exactly half the size of a 10 inch square.
It makes the layout look a lot more complex and some people get stumped at first trying to figure out how to sew it together now that your straight lines are broken up. You just need to break it up into chunks!
Here I’ve added some red lines showing the chunks you’ll break things up into.
Sew each chunk together as an individual unit. Then sew the units together as follows:
- Sew #3 to #4
- Sew #5 to #3/4
- Sew #6 to #3/4/5
- Sew #1 to #3/4/5/6
- Sew #2 to #1/3/4/5/6
Sew the chunks together as follows:
- Sew #6 to #7
- Sew #5 to #6/7
- Sew #8 to #5/6/7
- Sew #4 to #3
- Sew #8/5/6/7 to #4/3
- Sew #1 to #2
- Sew #1/2 to #9
- Sew #8/5/6/7/4/3 to #1/2/9
You can use these sample staggered layouts and this free applique alphabet with any quilt pattern – add lots of meow blocks to a cat quilt, add the names of your children to a monster quilt. Have fun and play around with your layouts!