Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Three In A Row - Fast & Fun Lap Quilts Book Tour

It's Week 1 of my Fast & Fun Lap Quilts Book Tour and today I am sharing the Three In A Row quilt! This is such a fun quilt to make.  It uses Stitch and Flip corners to create the X's and O's and the pressing directions allow for all the angled seams to "nest", making it much easier to line up all those pretty points.    Angled seams that nest are my favorite and of course, it makes this quilt faster to piece.

Here is the introduction I wrote about Three In A Row in the Fast & Fun Lap Quilts Book.  "Often, while out to dinner with my family, I'll see something that inspires a quilt idea.  I'll sketch it on my paper napkin using crayons that are on the table for the kids.  It never fails - right after I finish my sketch, my daughter will promptly draw a tic-tac-toe board on that same napkin and want me to play.  So I figured, why not use that for the inspiration behind a design?  And that's how Three In A Row came to be."  

When writting this book, I tried to give you all of the tips and trick that I would share if I were teaching a quilting class.  This is my favorite tip from the Three In A Row quilt.  Bonus Units are so great!  Surprise, surprise, I don't like a lot of fabric waste, so making little bonus units from my stitch and flip units is a great way to use every scrap and will make an adorable matching pillow to go with your quilt.  

Three In A Row was made using One Fine Day fabrics by Bonnie and Camille for Moda Fabrics.  All the quilts in Fast and Fun Lap Quilts are made with 1 Layer Cake/10" Stacker and a background fabric.  You will use 35 of the 10" squares for this quilt, and the Plan Ahead tip will help you divide your fabrics so you have an even mix between the X and O blocks.  The quilt finishes at 54 1/2" x 65" making it a great lap size quilt.

I had so much fun custom quilting each of the quilts in Fast & Fun Lap Quilts .  For this Three in a Row quilt, I quilted wavy crosshatch in the X blocks, large swirls in the O blocks, and echoed ovals in the sashing.   I used my favorite 402 So Fine thread to blend perfectly into the white background and all of the happy print colors.   I just love all of the yummy texture it added to the quilt and really echoed the X and O shape of each block.   


And that is Three In A Row, the first lap quilt in my new Fast & Fun Lap Quilts book !  You can find the Fast & Fun Lap Quilts book in your local or online quilt shops,  Martingale Publishers, or if you would like a personalized signed copy, you can order from my Etsy shop.  And if you make your own Three In A Row quilt, I would love to see it!!  You can share your quilts with me on social media using hashtag #happyquiltingwithmc and #fastandfunlapquilts and tag me @happyquiltingmc or you can email me a picture at   

And speaking of making a Three In A Row quilt, my wonderful friend, Sherri McConnell has made an adorable table runner version of Three In A Row.  Isn't that just so cute!  Now I totally want to make a table runner version as well ;)   Sherri used her newly released Emma Fabrics to make her project, and it is just beautiful.  You can see all of the details of her project at her blog, A Quilting Life.  

And that is it for today, thanks for popping in for Week 1 of the Fast & Fun Lap Quilts book!

I am just so happy to share this Three In A Row quilt and be sure to pop back in on Friday when I will share a second version of the quilt :)  

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Day!

Pin It!


  1. This is my favorite pattern in your new book - though there are so many delicious ones in there. Love your quilt and the cute table runner, Sherri made!

  2. It looks so cute and seems like it would be a quick finish!! congratulations on a great book.

  3. What a cute anecdote! I love that quilt designers's lives are so relatable. Somehow, I doubt the lives of high-fashion designers have the same details. Maybe, but without the crayons.


Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I just love hearing from you!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day :)