Wiggly Whimsy Quilt

Hello All! Rebecca Silbaugh from Ruby Blue Quilting Studio back for another recipe! This time I combined two of my favorite precuts – a Charm Pack and a Jelly Roll to create this adorable lap quilt! It’s constructed very simply, but the design makes the fabrics appear to wiggle around. I love these types of quilts that are really easy to make, but look slightly challenging. Want to learn the secret to this simple wiggle? Let’s go!

You will need:

One Charm Pack for the Colored Squares (I used Good Morning by Me & My Sister)

One Jelly Roll of a Solid for the Background (I used Bella White #9900JR 98)

4 Yards of backing fabric (I used the Yellow with Flowers #22180 15)

5/8 Yard of binding fabric (I used the blue stripe #22184 16)


 To get started, you’ll need to choose 37 Charm Squares. I used most of the colors and took out the lightest fabrics from the pack so they wouldn’t blend in with the background fabrics later on.

 From those Charm Squares, cut each one in half twice yielding 4 equal 2-1/2″ squares.

 Throw all of the cut squares into a bag and mix them up (I love this part!)

 From your Jelly Roll, cut 10 strips into 147 squares 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″. Also cut 98 pieces 6-1/2″ long from 17 of the strips. Set the rest of the strips aside for now.

 Now that most everything is cut that we’ll need, we can start the construction process. Reach into the bag of cut squares and pull out 98 of them. Make sure the colors and patterns are well mixed. Shake the bag from time to time if you think it needs it.

 Onto each of the colored squares, stitch a background 2-1/2″ square. Press all of the seams to the colored squares. Then separate the units into 2 piles of 49 pieces each.

 Onto one pile, stitch another background square. Press the seams to the colored squares.

Onto the remaining pile, stitch on another colored square. Make sure the colors and patterns in these pieces are well mixed. Press the seams towards the colored squares. You should now have 49 of each unit.

Onto each of the pieces made above, stitch a 2-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ background strip. Press the seams towards the background strip.

Then sew one of each type of units together as shown above. Press the seams towards the background fabric. You should now have 49 blocks, each measuring 6-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.

Stitch seven strips of the blocks together end to end as shown, seven blocks in each strip. Make sure the blocks are all pointing the same direction in the strips. Layout the strips and then…

Switch the direction of every other strip. This is how you get the random-looking pattern which no muss, no fuss.

To complete the quilt top, take 4 strips and cut each one in half, creating 8 pieces roughly 2-1/2″ x 22″. Sew 7 of these pieces onto the end of 7 remaining full length strips.

Trim each strips to measure 56-1/2″ long (this should be the length of your pieced strips). Stitch 6 of the strips between each of the pieced rows.

The final strip, cut in half lengthwise creating 2 strips 1-1/4″ x 56-1/2″. Sew each of these thinner strips on the outer edge of the quilt top. This will make your top finish at roughly 56-1/2″ x 56-1/2″.

To finalize prepping the pieces needed to finish the quilt, cut your backing fabric into 2 pieces 2 yards each and stitch them back together selvage to selvage. Cut the binding fabric into 7 strips x 2-1/2″ or whichever width you prefer.

One quilt, 56-1/2″ x 56-1/2″. Perfect for a lap quilt for anyone. With the selection Bella Solid Colors of Jelly Rolls, you could get a completely different look by switching the background and Charm Squares.

Since I chose to use Good Morning my Me & My Sister (Hi Barb & Mary!!!) I decided to quilt this with flowers all over.

Oh, and I love how the stripe worked as the binding. Now, I could’ve gotten a completely different effect by cutting the binding on the bias, but I’ll save that for another quilt (it gives this candy-cane effect that’s so cool!)

Sooooo, I know many of you have been showing your stashes here on the Bake Shop. Who has a Jelly Roll and a Charm Pack laying around begging to be used? (Me, I’m guilty) Remember this project one of those nights when you can’t sleep and the Local Quilt Shop is closed. You probably have most everything you’ll need to make this already!

For more tutorials like this one, head on over to my blog at rubybluequilts.blogspot.com. I’m working on all sorts of wonderful right now, and I’d love to share it with you.

Speaking of sharing, if you’ve made any of my tutorials, I’d love to see pictures! Go ahead and e-mail them to me at rubybluequilts (at) gmail (dot) com and I’ll be sure to post them on my blog! Have a great day!

Rebecca Silbaugh