Hi! It's Karin here today with a Sizzix quilting tutorial on how to make this 60" square throw quilt using a combination of four dies — Rectangle, 2 ½ x 5" finished, Squares, 2" finished, Squares, 4" finished and Strips, 2 ½" wide. The white diamond pattern gives this scrappy quilt structure.
Make the Sizzix sandwich — bottom cutting pad, die with blades up, fabric, top cutting pad — and roll it through the Big Shot Pro. Start by die cutting 49 4 ½" white squares and then hand cut them in half on the diagonal to yield 98 white triangles. Then die cut 24 2 ½" squares out of the black and white fabric.
Fold one 2 ½" square in half and crease, and then one triangle in half and crease. Match up the creases and sew with a ¼" seam as shown above.
Repeat with another triangle on the other side of the square, pressing the seams toward the center.
Align the ruler along the side of the square and trim off the tips as shown.
Repeat for the other side.
Using the same finger pressing method to create creases, sew two more triangles on the left and right of the unit.
Trim off the tiny corners and ta da — an inset square on the diagonal.
Once all 24 on-point squares within squares are finished, cut one 5 ½" square for the center of the quilt and die cut 238 rectangles using the Rectangle Die, 2 ½ x 5" finished. Sewing two of these rectangles together will create a 5" finished square — the grid that the design is based around. Begin by laying out the design in vertical rows from left to right. The only 'trick' or irregularity to the design is that the far left and far right rows are three rectangles wide instead of two. Lay out the quilt as pictured above, keeping in mind that the rectangles can be vertical or horizontal as long as they fit around the pattern with the white squares. Have fun, step back and check to see if it feels balanced. If value is a concern, take a black and white photo with a phone and see how that helps. Sew each row together, pressing seams as desired. When all the strips are ready, sew the rows to each other and the top is done!
Quilt as desired. This pattern of squares was quilted on a long arm by Melissa Kelley of Sew Shabby Quilting.
The neutral thread color allows the texture to shine through.
For the binding, die cut 250" with the 2 ½" strip die. Instead of joining the pieces on the diagonal as is traditional when making binding, I joined them straight so the seams are imperceptible in the stripes!
Thanks for stopping by, and as always, please feel free to ask me any questions. :)
18 fat quarters, pictured is Rapture by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics
Batting, at least 66'' x 66" square
4 yards backing fabric, pictured is Hypnotic Paramour in Red from the Rapture Collection
½ yard fabric for binding, pictured is Stripe in Black by Timeless Treasures