Whimsical Stitches Lap Quilt

This quilt draws its “whimsical” name from the rainbow of bright-and-breezy embroidery and button-bedecked blocks that give the quilt an intricate—but easy-to-stitch—design. Or, turn this quilt into a fabric memento of an important occasion by dropping the buttons and asking friends and family to sign in the open squares.

Fabric Requirements and Cutting Instructions

Read all instructions before beginning and use 1/4”-wide seam allowances throughout.

Read Cutting Strips and Pieces prior to cutting fabric.

Getting Started

This quilt includes six Star Blocks set with two variations of pieced sashing to create a secondary block. Sashing is embellished with embroidery stitches. The quilt is finished with a four-color pieced binding. Refer to Accurate Seam Allowance. Whenever possible use the Assembly Line Method of sewing . Press seams in direction of arrows. Star Block measures 12" square unfinished.

Star Blocks

1. Sew 2 1/2" x 42" Fabric B strip and 21/2" x 42" Fabric A strip together as shown. Press.
Make two. Cut strip sets into twenty-four 2 1/2"-wide segments.

2. Sew 2 1/2" x 42" Fabric A strip and 2 1/2" x 42" Fabric C strip together. Press. Make two. Cut strip sets into twenty-four 2 1/2"-wide segments.

3. Sew one segment from step 1 to one segment from step 2 as shown. Press. Make twenty-four.

4. Refer to Quick Corner Triangles. Sew two 2 1/2" Fabric D squares to one 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" Fabric A piece as shown. Press. Make twenty-four.

5. Making quick corner triangle units, sew two 2 1/2" Fabric C squares to one 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" Fabric D piece as shown. Press. Make twenty-four.

6. Sew unit from step 4 to unit from step 5 as shown. Press. Make twenty-four.

7. Sew one unit from step 6 between two units from step 3 as shown. Press. Make twelve.

8. Sew one 4 1/2" Fabric A square between two units from step 6 as shown. Press. Make six.

9. Sew one unit from step 8 between two units from step 7 as shown. Press. Make six. Star Block measures 12 1/2" square.

Assembly

1. Refer to Quick Corner Triangles [http://www.debbiemumm.com/Projects/Quilting/GeneralDirections.aspx#qct] . Sew four 1 1/2" Fabric A squares to one 2 1/2" Fabric G square as shown. Press. Make eight.

2. Sew one unit from step 1 between two 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" Fabric A pieces as shown. Press. Make eight.

3. Making quick corner triangles units, sew two 1 1/2" Fabric A squares to one 2 1/2" Fabric F square as shown. Press. Make eight.

4. Making a quick corner triangle unit, sew 1 1/2" Fabric A square to 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" Fabric E piece as shown. Press. Make sixteen, eight of each variation.

5. Sew unit from step 3 between one unit of each variation from step 4 as shown. Press. Make eight.

6. Sew one unit from step 2 to one unit from step 5 as shown. Press. Make eight.

7. Sew one 4 1/2" Fabric H square between one 4 1/2" Fabric A square and one unit from step 6 to make unit 1 as shown. Press. Make six. Sew one 4 1/2" Fabric H square between two units from step 6, as shown, to make Unit 2. Press. Make one.

8. Making quick corner triangle units, sew two 1 1/2" Fabric F squares to one 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" Fabric A piece as shown. Press. Make four.

9. Sew one unit from step 8 between two 1 1/2" Fabric E squares as shown. Press. Make four.

10. Making quick corner triangle units, sew four 1 1/2" Fabric F squares to one 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" Fabric A piece as shown. Press. Make two.

11. Sew one unit from step 10 between two units from step 9 as shown. Press. Make two.

12. Sew one unit from step 11 between two of Unit 1 from step 7 as shown. Press. Make two.

13. Sew one Unit 1 from step 7 between two Star Blocks as shown. Press. Make two.

14. Sew Unit 2 from step 7 between two Star Blocks as shown. Press.

15. Referring to layout and photo, arrange units from steps 12, 13, and 14. Sew rows together. Press.

Borders

1. Sew 1" x 42" First Border strips end-to-end to make one continuous 1"-wide strip. Press. Referring to Adding the Borders, measure quilt through center from side to side. Cut two 1"-wide First Border strips to that measurement. Sew to top and bottom of quilt. Press seams toward border.

2. Measure quilt through center from top to bottom, including borders just added. Cut two 1"-wide First Border strips to that measurement. Sew to sides of quilt. Press.

3. Refer to steps 1 and 2 to join, measure, trim, and sew 1h"-wide Second Border, 2"-wide Third Border, and 4 1/2"-wide Outside Border strips to top, bottom, and sides of quilt. Press.

Embroidery

1. Cut stabilizer into 5"-wide strips. Referring to photo, place stabilizer behind Star Block centers and sashing and follow manufacturer's instructions to stabilize areas for machine embroidery. If hand embroidery is desired, refer to Embroidery Stitch Guide.

2. Lightly mark a 2 7/8" square in each stabilized Star Block center with a temporary fabric marker. Use purple thread to machine stitch a double-stitched blanket stitch on marked square as shown.

3. Use assorted-color threads to machine embroider decorative stitchery on sashing units. Mark placement lines with temporary marker. Suggested stitches include cross stitch, double cross stitch, double feather stitch, and Cretan. Remove all excess stabilizer.

Layering and Finishing

1. Cut backing crosswise into two equal pieces. Sew pieces together to make one 49" x 80" (approximate) backing piece. Press and trim to 49" x 65".

2. Arrange and baste backing, batting, and top together, referring to Layering the Quilt. Hand or machine quilt as desired.

3. Referring to layout and photo, sew 2 3/4" x 18 1/2" assorted binding strips end-to-end to make one continuous 2 3/4"-wide strip. Refer to Binding the Quilt and bind quilt to finish.

4. Refer to photo to sew button to center of each Star Block.