Rebecca Makas from Restitcherator started sewing and quilting around seven years ago, but she’s created things her whole life. A member of the Southern Connecticut Modern Quilt Guild, Rebecca has been a pattern tester for a number of years and published her first two quilting patterns in 2015. She’s here with her Little Boy Blue quilt tutorial– an easy, happy design.
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Little Boy Blue is an easy quilt in shades from the same color family. Which colors will you pick?!
- 12 – 10” squares in various tones of the same color (I used 6 colors)
- 24 – 5” squares in white
- 1 1/4 yards backing
- 1/2 yard binding
- 41” x 47” batting
Finished size is 33.5” x 38.5”. Sew all seams using a ¼” allowance.
Cut each of the solid 10” squares in half, making rectangles that measure 10” x 5”. Then take each of the 24 white 5” squares and draw a diagonal line from the top left corner to the bottom right corner. Attach a white square to the top half of each colored rectangle. Sew diagonally across, from left to right, as shown in photo.
Cut off the extra, using a ¼” seam allowance. Press the white upwards, creating the base block. Press the seam allowance towards the solid color, not the white. You will make a total of 24 blocks, half of which you’ll use right side up; the other half will be turned 180 degrees, or “upside down.”
Lay the blocks out as shown in photo, into six strips that each have four blocks. For the first strip, start with a block upside down, then a second right side up.
Follow the layout to make all six strips.
Strips can be made to look like the final layout if you use two blocks with the same solid, dark color with a right side up bottom; sew this to a upside down bottom. Sew a total of six strips, each with four total blocks. Finally, sew the strips together as shown in the layout, in this order:
- Add in a white 2 ½” strip in between strips 1 and 2, between 3 and 4, and between 5 and 6 as shown.
Make a quilt sandwich and quilt as desired. I used very simple straight line quilting, with a row of quilting at ½” increments on either side of each long seam.
Bind using your preferred method. I chose a polka dot binding to add some pizzaz to the solids!