Quilt Size: Throw, 51"X59"
- 1 Moda Layer Caketm (I used Aviary by 3 Sisters) OR 42 10" squares of your choice
- 2 1/2 yards fabric for backing
- 1/2 yard fabric for binding
Turn your rectangle and cut two more 1 1/2 inch strips from the 7" side. These strips will measure 1 1/2" X 7". You are left with a 7" square of fabric. Group the four strips together and set aside. Set the square in another pile. Continue cutting all of the squares in this manner. You can cut more than one at a time if you feel comfortable with a rotary cutter. (5 or 6 at a time works well)
Step Two: Swap and Assemble
Now here's the fun part! Grab a square and a contrasting set of strips (different color, different pattern). We are going to sew them together to make a 9" block.
Take the 7" strips and sew to opposite ends of the square. Always use a 1/4 inch seam. Press seams to the outside.
Next, sew the 10" strips to the other sides. Again, use a 1/4 inch seam and press seam to the outside. You will have overhanging fabric, that's OK.
Continue framing all 40 squares with contrasting fabric, always using a 1/4 inch seam.Step Three: Trim Squares
Trim the excess off all 40 squares. Your squares should be 9" (or close ;))
Step Four: Arrange Squares
Find a place to lay out all the squares, trying to place contrasting squares next to each other. The quilt will be six squares wide by seven squares long. This process allows your creativity and preferences.
After the blocks are arranged and before sewing begins, make sure the block seams are alternating so that the longer 9 inch framing strips are not side by side.
The photo below shows how the seams will look after everything is sewn together. I am showing the seams that match well, I do have some that are not so neat! Don't worry if everything doesn't match up just perfectly...it is handmade with love (my grandmas taught me that!)
Step Five: Sew the quilt top together
Starting with the top row, sew the blocks together to make a row six squares wide. Use a 1/4 inch seam. Press seams to one side. Then sew the next row together, pressing seams to the other side. Continue sewing the rows together until all seven are finished.
Once the rows are completed then sew the rows together. You may want to use a walking foot for this step to keep the fabric feeding through the machine evenly.
Once the rows are sewn together the quilt top is finished!Layer, Quilt and Bind
Check the links on the side of my blog for great tutorials on how to finish a quilt. I don't think I could explain it better!You are finished! Grab a book and some coffee and cuddle up...or show all your friends your new project! Stay tuned for a giveaway...
I would love your feedback! This is my first tutorial and I would love to know how I can make it better. Please let me know if you find errors, or if you end up creating your own Simple Swap Squares quilt...I'll post your photos!
Copyright 2009 by Alyson Steil. This pattern is intended for personal use. Do not distribute without permission.