How to Assemble a Quilt that Uses an Alternate Grid – video tutorial

How to Assemble a Quilt that Uses an Alternate Grid - a video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

Quilts that “break” the traditional simple checkerboard grid can be really fun and dynamic, but if you’ve never worked with an alternate grid before, figuring out how to assemble the blocks can be kind of tricky. Take a look at the Noisy Farm quilt.

Noisy Farm quilt pattern from Shiny Happy World

You can’t just sew all the blocks into rows and then sew the rows together!

Instead of rows or columns, you break these quilts into chunks – and there’s an easy way to figure out how. That’s what I show you in this new video. 🙂

See? Now that you know how easy it is, try breaking the grid on your own! You could take the Playful Puppies pattern – a simple grid. . .

Playful Puppies - a fun and easy applique quilt pattern from Shiny Happy World

. . . and add a bunch of half-blocks with puppy sounds using this free alphabet pattern. Arf! Woof! Yip!

Copy the layout of this Woodland Critters quilt. . .

Woodland Critters quilt pattern from Shiny Happy World

And you could have a really fun and dynamic version of the puppies quilt all your own! Noisy Puppies!

Happy quilting!

Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World



  1. Wendy Theisen SAYS...

    Thank You Wendi!! As Always your lessons are Fabulous! You make learning fun, Not Scary, easy to follow…. This is Exactly what I needed. I am So excited to be finishing up my Very First quilt. You are So Awesome! :0) Wendy T

  2. joellen dunlap SAYS...

    Once again, Wendy, you make the impossible (to a newbie) actually seem doable. Thank you for your easy to understand tutorials. Jo Dunlap