Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Wonky red square quilt - instructions.

This quilt is based on the use of high contrast - in this case white/yellow versus red/orange.

I would not attempt to do this without a rotary cutter, mat and large square ruler. Mine is 12.5" but I am planning to get a bigger one if available.

Firstly you will need graph paper, a pencil and an eraser. Bigger is easier but if you only have a fine grid use the dominant squares. On my metric paper i let 1 cm be 6 ". If you can get 1/4 inch grid let 1 square equal 3".

Draw the finished size of the quilt.

I use squares of 18", 15", 12", 9", 6", 3"  Plus seam allowances.

Place a ring of larger squares Through the space - bringing it up to or near all 4 edges. Fill in the gaps. With some gaps rectangles might look better eg 9' x 6" or 12" x 9". I find that the eraser is very important in this process as I realise I need to move that square over a bit or something. Try to avoid lines that go straight though the entire quilt from top to bottom or side to side. Count and make a list of how many squares of each size you need.

Collect up a large amount of scrap in each colour.  As the outer bands of each square use more material than the inner bands - use the smaller pieces first. Cut a few squares or rectangles for centres - you will generate more small pieces as you go so you do not need to cut too many. Cut some strips. Add a band of the other colour to centre. Iron. Place on cutting mat, measure, rotate the ruler - either clockwise or anticlockwise, to create a new square that is slightly smaller than the original and wonky. Cut.  Repeat this process begining with adding another strip.. When you are getting nearer the desired size of the square  (about 10" for a 12" square) Add a wider strip ( 2.5' to 3.5") to make the accurate cutting of the final size easier.  REMEMBER to add the seam allowance to the final size so a 12" is cut 12.5" .

Join the squares together according to your graph. Where the two pieces are of different sizes join the seam from the end that matches up and stop half way. Continue adding the other blocks and come back and complete the seam when possible.


  1. Love this quilt! Every time I look at it I see more to get excited about. Thanks for the mini-tutorial.
    Are you writing this one up for the mag?

  2. This is a spectacular quilt! I'm bookmarking so I can make one of these when I've worked through enough UFO's to be able to start a new project. :D Thanks~!

  3. Deborah, I was so inspired by your tutorial that I used it for making a quilt. Here is a link to my post about the quilt


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