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Play with Your Quilt Layouts – Multiple Possibilities for One Quilt Pattern

Play with Your Layouts - Multiple Possibilities for One Quilt Pattern - a video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

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.

CRIB SAMPLE

Woodland Critters crib sized quilt with sewing guidelines added - pattern from Shiny Happy World

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

NAPPING SAMPLE

 

Woodland Critters napping sized quilt with sewing guidelines added - pattern from Shiny Happy World

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. . .

If you do a unique quilt layout I’d love to see it! Share a photo in the Shiny Happy People group. 🙂

Happy stitching!

2 COMMENTS

  1. This is fabulous! I love your Bunches of Bears pattern, and how great to look at different options for layouts. I’ve put a link in my newsletter that goes out tomorrow.