Sunkissed Squares

Guess who, Moda Bake Shoppers? It’s me again, KarrieLyne from Freckled Whimsy, bringing you another tutorial! Actually, two tutorials! Woo Hoo!!

I’m really excited about this quilt because the idea came from a pillow I made for a pillow swap and I turned it into a quilt! It looks complicated but it’s really quite simple to put together and I also show you how to make the pillow! 🙂

Leah from Burgundy Buttons is also kitting this for you so hop on over HERE and grab it up quick!! Kits always sell out fast and I’d hate for you to miss out! 🙂 As an added bonus, Sweetwater has designed a label for this quilt and it will be included in the kit! How awesome is that??!!

Presenting…. Sunkissed Squares…

1 Fat Eighth bundle of Sunkissed
4 yards total of background fabric (includes enough for pillow)
4 1/2 yards for backing
1 yard for binding (8 strips @ 2.5″ x wof)
thread to piece and quilt your project with

**all seams are 1/4″ unless otherwise noted
**FE = Fat Eighth
**WOF = width of fabric
**BG= background

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I am going to show you how to make one section of this quilt, step by step. You will need to make a total of FOUR sections to complete the quilt, or stop at one and make a really cute baby quilt. 🙂
1.  Choose 5 dark prints from your FE bundle. I chose one from each colorway (yellow, orange, pink, gray, and green)
2.  Iron each piece really well.
3.  From 4 of the FE pieces, we need to cut the following:
* 1 @ 2.5″ x 14.5″
* 4 @ 2.5″ x 6.5″
* 1 @ 2.5″ x 4.5″
* 1 @ 2.5″ x 2.5″
I cut 3 strips along the 22″ edge at 2.5″ wide, then sub cut them into the above pieces.  These will be the 4 outer squares of the block.
I also stacked 4 FE pieces and cut all of the above at once. 🙂
4.  From the 5th FE piece, we need to cut the following:
* 2 @ 2.5″ x 14.5″
* 2 @ 2.5″ x 10.5″
I cut 3 strips along the 22″ edge at 2.5″ wide then sub cut them into the above pieces.  These will be the inner square of the block. 
5.  From the white background fabric, cut:

(This is ALL the white that needs to be cut for the blocks. If you only do one for a baby quilt, you just divide it by 4.)

–for the blocks
* cut  3 strips 10.5″ wide. Sub cut into 16 @ 6.5 x 10.5
* cut 2 strips 6.5″ wide. Sub cut into 16 @ 4.5 x 6.5
* cut 1 strip 2.5″ wide. Sub cut into 16 @ 2.5 x 2.5
* cut 1 strip 2.5″ wide. Sub cut into 8 @ 2.5 x 4.5
* cut 1 strip at 2.5″ wide. Sub cut into 4 @ 2.5 x 10.5
* cut 4 strips a 2.5″ wide. Sub cut into 16 @ 2.5 x 8.5
–for the “sashing”
* 2 @ 2.5″ x WOF (block dividers for large quilt)
* 2 @ 2.5″ x WOF  – piece these together for the top and bottom half dividers for large quilt
Making the block:
NOTE:: As you go through these steps, keep your colors in the same quadrants for each step . Example: I am using gray in the upper left quadrant, green in the upper right quadrant, orange in the lower left quadrant, and yellow in the lower right quadrant. Keep these positions throughout.
1.  First we make the inside of the inside square.  My inside square will be pink in this tutorial.
2.  With each of the colors for the outside block, we need to essentially make 4 patches.
3.  Lay out the 2.5″ x 2.5″ white pieces with the 2.5″ x 2.5″ print piece. Then add the 2.5″ x 4.5″ piece as shown in the photo below. 
4.  Sew the 2.5″ x 2.5″ pieces together. Press. Then sew the 2.5″ x 4.5″ to those. Make sure you pay attention to how they are sewn together. Otherwise you may end up with upside down pieces. 
5.  Sew a white BG piece measuring 2.5″ x 4.5″ between each set of 4 patches. Press to print. 
6.  Sew a white BG piece measuring 2.5″ x 10.5″ in between these two sets you just made. Press to print. 
Note: I say press to print because of the white fabric. I don’t want my seams showing through after I quilt it. You could also press them open or do what you are comfortable with. 🙂
7.  Using the FE pieces you cut for your center square, add these as a border. Add the pieces measuring 2.5″ x 10.5″ to each top and bottom. Press. Then add the pieces measuring 2.5″ x 14.5″ to the left and right. 
8. This piece should measure 14.5″ square.
9.  Set that piece aside.
10.  Now we need to make two more sections per color for the outside squares.
11.  Take a 10.5″ x 6.5″ white BG piece and add a 2.5″ x 6.5″ print piece on either side. Sew the print pieces to either side and press to the print. Repeat for each color. 
12.  Place the print piece measuring 14.5″ x 2.5″, matching the colors as shown in the photo below.  Press to print.  (sorry, I forgot to take a picture after I pressed, but you get the idea) 🙂
13.  Sew a white BG piece measuring 2.5. x 8.5 in between the two sets. Remember to keep your colors in the respective corners. Press to print. Set aside. 
 14.  Using your 4.5″ x 6.5″ white BG pieces, sew a 2.5″ x 6.5″ print piece to two sides, as shown below. Press to print.
15.  Sew a white BG piece measuring 2.5″ x 8.5″ in between top and bottom pieces as shown below.  Press to print. 
16.  Now the magic happens. 🙂
17.  Lay out your pieces as such…
18.  Sew the side pieces to the center, being careful to match your seams. If you have a consistent 1/4″ seam, you should not have an issue here.  Then sew on the top and bottom pieces. Press well. 
19.  Voila.  You have your first quarter block. 🙂
20.  Repeat steps 1-20 three more times. 
1.  Sew one sashing strip to the right side of the upper left quadrant.  Trim excess fabric from ends. Press. 
2.  Sew the upper right quadrant to the sashing strip. Take care to line up your “squares” as you sew. You will have to lift up your fabric to match.
3.  Repeat for the two bottom quadrants. 
4.   Sew two sashing pieces together lengthwise to form one long sashing strip. Sew this to the bottom of the top section. Trim excess fabric from ends. Press. 
5.  Sew the bottom section to the top section, again carefully matching seams of the squares. Press.
1.  Cut 8 strips that measure 4.5″ x WOF from the leftover background fabric. Sew into 4 pairs.
2.  Add border to left and right sides. Press. Trim excess border fabric from ends. Add the border pieces to the top and bottom. Press. Trim excess border fabric from ends.

Now all that is left is to sandwich your quilt with your favorite batting, quilt it, bind it, and throw it in the wash so it gets all squishy! 🙂

Before washing, your quilt should measure approximately 70″ square.

You’re probably wondering about that pillow too?

If you’d like to make this pillow to match, there is a bonus tutorial included in the Printer Friendly Version…

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial! If you make this quilt, please oh please share it with me? You can email a photo of it to me HERE or you can add it to my Flickr Group HERE.  I would love to feature them on my blog! 🙂

Much Love and Happy Quilting!!


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