Quilt layouts can be very simple – or very complex.
When I design a quilt pattern I always make up a sample – usually a simple grid.
But if you think of my quilt patterns as patterns for collections of blocks that you can put together any way you like – it opens up all kinds of other possibilities!
In this video I show several different quilt layouts you can use for almost any of my patterns.
More Information about that broken grid. . .
This post – How to Assemble an Alternate Grid – has a video showing how to break up that alternate grid for easy sewing with no Y-seams. That will allow you to create any grid you like, for total open-ended design.
If you want a little more structure, use these sample layouts below as a template – subbing in your own square blocks and your own half blocks from whatever pattern you’re working with.
I’ve added some red lines showing the chunks you’ll break things up into for sewing.
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!
Here are a couple of extra links for you. . .
- Bunches of Bears quilt pattern
- free ABC applique pattern
- Fancy Doodads applique pattern
- Quilt Block Sizes for Alternate Grid Layouts – how to calculate cutting sizes for half and double blocks
- How to Quilt a Quilt with a Broken Grid Layout
If you do a unique quilt layout I’d love to see it! Share a photo in the Shiny Happy People group. 🙂