Have you been tempted to purchase those darling packages of “quilter’s candy?” Forty-two 2 1/2″ squares all coordinated from one of Moda’s enchanting fabric lines. How can you resist?
A couple of months ago, at a quilt shop sale, I bought two packages of the Dot.Dot.Dash-! line intending to make a dolly quilt for my great niece. Her mama, my niece, is expecting her second girl, and I thought a simple quilt made of squares sewn side by side would make a nice “big sister” gift. Well, two months passed in a blur, and I hadn’t even made a quilt for the expected baby, so I repurposed the packages of squares for a large baby quilt. (The dolly quilt will have to wait.)
My niece is decorating the nursery with pink and navy colors and an anchor motif. I felt I could stretch the quilter’s candy packages into a crib size quilt if I made Four Patches, framed them with white fabric and alternated the blocks with navy anchor print squares. The anchor print, ordered from fabric.com, is “Jack and Lulu” for Dear Stella Designs (Ptt # Stella-JL537). Granted, all the Dots and Dashes prints are not pink and navy, but I think my niece will like the infusion of purple, orange, yellow, aqua, and apple green.
Basic Instructions for quilt top: Make Four Patches from 2 1/2″ squares; these blocks measure 4 1/2″ square. Cut strips of white fabric 2″ wide and sew to Four Patches; these blocks measure 7 1/2,” unfinished. Make 21 “Framed Four Patch” blocks and cut 21 alternate 7 1/2″ squares from print fabric. Lay out the blocks and alternate squares in a 6 x 7 grid. Sew together in rows, pressing seams toward the print squares. Sew the rows together and press seams to one side or open. The quilt measures 42″ x 49,” so you’ll likely need to creatively increase the width of your backing fabric.
Have you made a quilt from “quilter’s candy” 2 1/2″ squares? If so, what patchwork design did you use?