Thursday, April 8, 2021

Stacked Squares Quilt and Tutorial!!!

So you might recall at the beginning of last month when I shared a Stack of Log Cabin Chain Blocks and said a tutorial was coming soon.   Well I super appreciate your patience, and soon is now Today!!!   I am so excited to share my newest quilt finish and a step by step tutorial for making your own in multiple size options!!!   This is Stacked Squares and I just love it!!!  


The idea for this quilt came about when I started to notice how many Low Volume Fat Quarters I was starting to accumulate.   You now, those leftovers from a Fat Quarter Bundle that you couldn't quite use as a print fabric because it blended in with the background to much.   So I figured I needed to design a quilt just for them.   And didn't it turn out just so awesome!!!


When I was thinking about a block design , I loved the idea of making some sort of Chain Block.  You all know I just love Irish Chain Quilts ;)   So I stared playing around with making a chain in a quarter Log Cabin format.   And Stacked Squares is what I got from it!!!



And I loved it so much . . . I took some pictures along the way and did some of my favorite Quilty Math and did a step by step tutorial with lots of size options for you all!!!!   Now you can make your very own :)     So let's get to it . . . 


YOU WILL NEED:

Select the size quilt you would like to make and gather the following materials for your quilt.   Both the Print Fabric and Low Volume Background Fabric requirements are giving in Scraps and Pre-Cuts, so you can use whichever you prefer.  


I used a mixture of scraps and pre-cuts in an assortment of prints to make mine.   These were just some scraps a pulled for a pic, but I mostly used prints from Bonnie and Camille and Sherri and Chelsi lines.   They blended great together ;)    The key in your prints is to keep them bright and bold, and if they tend to read one color, that will help them to stand out on the background Low Volume fabrics.   



STEP 1 - CUTTING 

The Stacked Squares Block is 11 1/2" x 11 1/2" Unfinished and 11" x 11" Finished.   You can choose to cut it out one block at a time if you are making for a Bee Quilt or just want to try a few blocks, or you can cut it all out at the beginning, which is the way I prefer to do it ;)   

For a visual to help - here is what you will need to make 1 Block. 

From your Print Scraps cut:
          (1) 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" square from one Print Scrap
          (4) 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles and (4) 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangles ---
                         **** NOTE - When cutting these 2 pieces, You need to cut 1 of each size 
                                                   from the same Print as shown

From your Low Volume Scraps cut:
          (2) 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares
          (2) 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles
          (2) 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles
          (2) 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangles
         


So now you see what you need for one block, let's get to what you need to make your whole quilt!!!  

PRINT FABRICS - From the Print Fabrics you will need to cut according to the following chart.   And remember, for each 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangle you need to have a matching print 1 1/2"  x 2 1/2" rectangle :)


LOW VOLUME FABRICS - From the Low Volume Background Fabrics you will need to cut according to the following chart.  



And with all your cutting done, you are ready to move on to making your blocks!!  You can choose to make your blocks one at a time, or you can chain stitch each of the following steps to make your blocks in an assembly line. 


STEP 2 - MAKING THE BLOCK


Pair your Print rectangles to matching size Low Volume squares/rectangles.  It doesn't matter which color you pair what size to, as long as the same color prints rectangles are paired with the same size Low Volume square/rectangle as shown.  


Place your Print rectangles onto the Low Volume square/rectangles with right sides together.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge of all 8 pairs.  


Press the seam allowances towards the Print rectangles.  Now all of your Low Volume Strip Sets are prepared and ready to be sewn into the Stacked Squares Blocks. 


Layout the 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" Print Square and the (2)  2 1/2" Low Volume Strip Sets as shown.  


Place the shorter 2 1/2" Low Volume Strip Set onto the Print 3 1/2" square with right sides together.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Press out towards the Low Volume Strip Set.   Then, place the longer 2 1/2" Low Volume Strip Set onto the Partially Pieced Block with right sides together.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Press out towards the longer 2 1/2" Low Volume Strip Set.  


Now we will just repeat the same process 3 more times to create the block.
Layout the Partially Pieced Block and the (2)  4 1/2" Low Volume Strip Sets as shown. 
 

Place the shorter 4 1/2" Low Volume Strip Set onto the Partially Pieced Block with right sides together.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Press outwards.   Then, place the longer 4 1/2" Low Volume Strip Set onto the Partially Pieced Block with right sides together.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Press outwards.  


Now layout the Partially Pieced Block and the (2)  6 1/2" Low Volume Strip Sets as shown. 


Place the shorter 6 1/2" Low Volume Strip Set onto the Partially Pieced Block with right sides together.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Press outwards.   Then, place the longer 6 1/2" Low Volume Strip Set onto the Partially Pieced Block with right sides together.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Press outwards.  


Finally layout the Partially Pieced Block and the (2)  8 1/2" Low Volume Strip Sets as shown. 


Place the shorter 8 1/2" Low Volume Strip Set onto the Partially Pieced Block with right sides together.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Press outwards.   Then, place the longer 8 1/2" Low Volume Strip Set onto the Partially Pieced Block with right sides together.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Press outwards.  


And just like that, you have a 11 1/2" x 11 1/2" unfinished Stacked Squares block!!  Wasn't that just so fun ;)  Now just make as many blocks as you needed for your chosen quilt size.  



STEP 3 - MAKING THE QUILT TOP

Layout your blocks in the following layout. 



When you layout your quilt, be sure to rotate your blocks as shown altering the placement of the original 3 1/2" square so it "stacks" and creates your chain. 


Once you have a layout you like
        Sew your blocks into rows and press the seams in the odd rows to the right and the seams in the even rows to the left so they will nest.

         Finally, sew your rows into a quilt top and press the seams open or in one direction as you prefer.  

 **I know that is a lot of direction in one little picture, so if you are new to sewing quilt tops together, you can see this tutorial for a more detailed and visual description of how to sew the blocks into rows and the rows into a quilt top :)


 

STEP 4 - FINISHING IT UP

And with that, it's time to turn that finished quilt top into a finished Quilt ;)  Time to  Baste It, Quilt It, and Bind It!!!  Which is a whole lot in one little sentence.  If you are new to quilting, you can see my Finishing Your Quilt Series of video tutorials that will walk you through Basting, Quilting, and Binding step by step ;)

When it came time to quilt mine I decided on an all over Loose Feather.   It is super fun and fast to quilt and I love all of the added curves and flow it gives to this super geometric quilt :)


Once your quilt is quilted, you are ready to bind.   Cut the following number of  2 1/2"x Width of Fabric strips to create a binding and add it to the quilt.  I used some scrappy binding leftovers which is also another option ;)





STEP 5 - ENJOY QUILT

And now, just snuggle up with your Stacked Squares Quilt!!!  I just love all of the wonderful Low Volume's fabrics and how they spin around the chain of prints!!!   It is just so fun and I am already wanting to make a second Stacked Squares quilt in a larger size :)  

  

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and find it easy to follow. If you make your own Stacked Squares Blocks or Quilts I would love to see them!! You can email me a picture at happyquiltingmelissa@gmail.com or add it to social media with #happyquiltingwithmc   #happyquiltingwithmc ;) I can't wait to see your Stacked Squares Blocks and Quilts!!!



Thanks for stopping in today to share this new quilt finish and tutorial with me.  And thanks for popping in each and every day.  I am just so grateful to have this space to share my love of quilting and it just wouldn't be the same without you all!!!

I hope you all have a Happy Quilting Day!!

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28 comments:

  1. Loving this!!! Thank you so much!!! 😃😃

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  2. Thanks for the great pattern. Love it!

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  3. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing this pattern, it will really help to use up some scraps!

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  4. This is really pretty and such a fun pattern!

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  5. I love this pattern. I’m also a sucker for an Irish Chain quilt!

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  6. Wow you have gone to a lot of trouble to make this for us. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

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  7. Love this Melissa! Thank you for sharing! My low-volumes have been causing me some stress :) - this pattern sounds wonderful!

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  8. This is just gorgeous, Melissa. Thank you sooooo much for the free pattern in multiple sizes with all the math figured out for us! You rock!

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  9. this looks really sweet. I love it

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  10. That’s really pretty. Great tutorial too. Thank you.

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  11. I love this block! Thank you for this!

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  12. Thank you for the tutorial. I can't wait to make this quilt

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  13. Thanks for the tutorial, your quilt is beautiful!

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  14. That is a easy but impressive block, thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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  15. Thank you. I have lots of scraps and this is just the quilt for them.

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  16. Thank you for the pattern and tutorial. I have loads of scraps this might help make a dent in them.

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  17. I love this quilt. Thanks so much for the pattern. Can't wait to try it but I must finish some other things first.

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  18. I purchased my first quilt pattern from you "Wonky Irish Chain" in 2008 when I began my quilting journey. Thanks for your inspiration and happy days of tutorials and beautiful quilts and ideas. My stash is over the moon. Thanks Melissa.

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  19. I love this quilt! Thank you for sharing it with us!

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  20. Wonderful pattern, particularly for scraps. Great instructions with very helpful charts. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. What a wonderful design! It would be great for scraps

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  22. Beautiful quilt and your instructions are excellent! There is a small typo in the line right before you display the finished block. It states that the block is 11 1/2 x 10 1/2 the correct measurement is at the top of the tutorial but I didn't notice it until after I finished making my test block. Bonus for me though because when I came to your blog to see why my block was square, I got to see all of your other beautiful quilts. My test block looks great and I can't wait to see how the whole quilt turns out! Thanks again!

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    1. Thanks so much for letting me know about the typo :) I have fixed it in the post ;)

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  23. I am so glad there are people in this world like yourself with the ability to see past the problem and find the solution for a design. love this block

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  24. Thank you for the excellent tutorial and photos!

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

Melissa