Dotty Squares Quilt

Posted by karenm on Monday, November 5th, 2012

Finished size approx. 59" x 68" 

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Course Instructor: Karen Maxwell from Lisnaweary Quilts

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I’m delighted to show you a quilt made from Riley Blake’s new Cotton Dots collection. 
The dots and solids combine to give a quilt just jumping with colour!Dotty Squares top

Fabric Requirements:

¼ yd of each: Medium Dots Green, Yellow, Red, Orange, Navy and Aqua.
½ yd of each: Solid Green, Yellow, Red, Orange, Navy.
½ yd of Basic Shade Robin
Border: 1½ yds Rainbow Medium Dots
Backing: 3yds Solid Aqua
¾ yd Rainbow Large Dots

1. Cut 5 5 ½” x 5 ½” squares from each of the dotty fabrics. (30 squares).squares

2. Cut 4 2 ½” x Width of Fabric (WOF) from each of the green, yellow, red, orange, navy and robin fabrics.Strips3. Place a spotty centre square with a contrasting solid strip, sew the strip to opposite sides of the square. Press seams to side.half block4. Sew strip to remaining sides, press seams to one side. Repeat to make 30 9½” squares.block5. Place square blocks in a 5 block by 6 block arrangement, in a random pattern.layout6. Sew blocks together in strips. Sew strips together to make centre of quilt.strip7. Cut borders from Medium Rainbow Spot fabric. Cut 7 7 ½” x WOF. Attach borders.quilt top8. I made a pieced backing for my quilt.quilt backing

Please follow the diagram below if you want to make a backing like mine. Alternatively, use a wide backing fabric.backing

9. Layer quilt, wadding and backing fabric.

Now for the quilting! I did a combination of straight line and free motion quilting.
I quilted around the squares in the centre of the quilt, then I did some free motion quilting on the borders.quilting10. Finally make the double fold binding; using scraps of solid fabrics, cut 2½” strips for binding, join strips together and sew on to quilt.finish

I hope you enjoy making this quilt - you’ll be seeing spots everywhere!

quiltPlease upload any photos of your finished quilt to my flickr group or pop over to my blog and say ‘hello’. You’ll find more fun tutorials and chat about sewing. Thanks for taking the time to look at my quilt.

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  1. I think I will make this using Chevrons. Cool quilt. Thanks
    by Jeanne
    June 12th, 2013 at 6:12 a.m.
  2. What is "basic shade robin" and where exactly is it used? *Riley Blake has blender basics called "Shades" and we have a color called Robin.
    by Irma S.
    June 16th, 2013 at 4:50 p.m.
  3. I have the polka dot fabric & love this quilt. Thanks for sharing the pattern. It's on my to do list.
    by Peggy
    July 31st, 2013 at 11:45 a.m.

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