Thursday, March 31, 2011

easy as pie quilt

Well, here it is, the end of March already. Can you believe it? That means I have another stash pattern to share today. I'm calling it Easy as Pie. I love the vintage vibe it has.
It measures 58" x 70".

This was my initial fabric pull. I started with about 18 different fabrics, and edited a few out as I went (due to color), and added in a few more. So I would guess there are about 20+ different fabrics in all.
Materials needed:

3 1/4 yards total of various fabrics for the rectangles
1/2 yard for binding
3 1/2 yards backing fabric
60'' x 72'' batting or larger

Cutting:

cut 110 rectangles 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" from various fabrics
cut 10 rectangles 3" x 7 1/2" from various fabrics (these will be referred to as half rectangles)

Assembly:

There are two approaches to the assembly.

The first way is to layout all the blocks at once, making sure that each block is in a specific spot.

The second way is to randomly sew rectangles together to make the rows. Once all the rows are sewn together, they are arranged. This is a much more random approach, but somehow it always seems to work out in the end-especially if you have a large variety of fabrics.

Either way, the rows will be constructed the same way.

Sew 11 rectangles together, side by side. You will be sewing the 7 1/2" sides together, so the rectangles will be standing on end. Add a half rectangle to each row. Make 10 rows.
In every other row, the half rectangle will be the starting block.
In the alternating rows, the half rectangle will be the ending block.
 
Sew all 10 rows together, making sure to press the seams well. Quilt, baste and bind as desired.

If you use this pattern to decrease your stash, I'd love to see it!

64 comments:

Sunshine & Fabric said...

Looks fantastic. Love the colours.

Carol T said...

Your quilt is really pretty. My husband asked me this morning what I was sewing and I said another quilt. I told him that I was going to use up my stash before buying anything new and something I want is coming out in May.

Paula said...

I love it!! So easy and so pretty. Great fabric choices.

klccreations said...

Love the colors. I love quick, easy projects.

KathG said...

Love your Quilt. will definately use some of my stash to make one of these.
Thank you for the instructions.

Kekibird said...

I'll have to add this to my "To Do Someday" list.

MaryJo said...

I love the easy as pie quilt! I'm a beginner at quilting and I think this is a project I can try! I posted a link on my blog too, so I can keep track of your tutorial. I can always use some followers if you're interested in checking it out, but like I said, I've just begun with my sewing projects! Thanks for the tutorial.

Karen said...

Great stash buster! Love the look!

When I get my projects under control, I'll begin cutting scraps for this quilt. Looks simple and fun to do!

Thank you!

Karen

suz_claas said...

Thanks for sharing. I'm new to quilting and I have gone to your blog a few (thousand!) times for help! By the way, I LOVE the fabric in the quilt with the food and beverage calories. What is it?!?!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Simple and very effective...my kind of quilt!

martilindsey said...

Great color palet...You do exceptional work!

Suzanne said...

So which way did you do the assembly--totally random or by laying out each block? I'm guessing the former but I'm curious.

Liz said...

I ALWAYS love your color combinations!

Judy said...

What a nice way to decrease your fabric stash! Thanks for taking the time to share with us the pattern for recreating the quilt.

Emily {Creative Chicks} said...

This may be a really dumb question... but how do you cut WOF strips over 6" wide? I have a 6" by 24" ruler but whenever I have to cut wider than 6" it never comes out straight. Is there a long ruler out there that is wider than 6"?
(I realize that you probably cut your strips 5.5" wide and trimmed at 7.5 intervals.) I was just wondering if you had some magic trick...

Dawn S. said...

It is wonderful! Love the colors.

Crystal Hendrix said...

Love your color combo! :D

Lisa said...

Looks nice! Just an idea, could you start a flicker group where people could post their quilts for your monthly de-stash patterns? Would be fun to see what everyone comes up with!

Jan said...

This is a great stash buster! Thanks for the tutorial.

Bonnie said...

Thanks for sharing! Lovely as usual. I am going to have to use this pattern to de-stash a bit.

TylersMomm said...

I love your blog..PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE check out my blog. I did the Topsy Turvey Quilt with a twist and I posted pics of it. I am soo proud of it and I thank you because of it!!!
http://diaryofanovicequilter.blogspot.com/

Thimbleanna said...

That IS easy as pie! As always, your colors look great too!

Kristyne said...

I love the colors - they remind me of a summer picnic.

amandajean said...

suz_claas,

the food fabric is by Anna Griffin. It's a few years old now, so I doubt you would be able to find it very easily. sorry to say!

aj

Leeanne said...

What a great stash buster....fun and funky!

Sara said...

I really like it...it turned out lovely! Love scrap quilts...

crystal said...

I have a stack of 30's fabric that I have been trying to decide what to do with it- this will be perfect! Thanks for the great directions!

Terriaw said...

I haven't made a lot of pies, so this looks easier than pie! Love it. I especially love that offset look so I don't have to worry about lining up the seams of each row. Cool color combo too.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I have a lot of stash that could go into one of these and look good! Thanks for the directions!

notesfromrumbleycottage said...

I love what you have done with this stash pile. Would this be ok for someone who is a bit OCD to do or will the need to be perfect drive them crazy? I would love to use up my stash because I really want to buy more fabric.

The Vegetarian Hunter said...

What great fabrics! Thanks for sharing your stash reducing project! I need something to reduce the heap that is growing!
Cheers,
Carolyn

Rhonda said...

Thank you for sharing this! I really like it.

Mama Said Sew said...

It's so pretty! I love the color combination.

I recently made a similar top using 6" squares cut from vintage sheets. I can't decide how to quilt it. How are you going to quilt your lovely quilt?

Mama Spark said...

These easy quilts you have been posting are great! You should have just put them into a book! How much fun would that be? = 0

Silk said...

Thank you for sharing!!! I love the colour of your fabrics!!

Thanks!

Kim said...

Adding this one to the list! Thank you so much!!! I need a stash buster :o)

notes of sincerity said...

Okie doke! This is the one I am cutting out! :o) Thanks so much!!
Have a nice weekend.
Sincerely, Trish

Beth said...

This looks great. I must go pull some stash fabric and make this cute quilt.

Lee D said...

you did it again, created another fantastic quilt!

Chara Michele said...

Love this one & the colors! Adding it to my list to do some day :)

Maggie said...

Thanks for posting this - I love the serendipity of how you put it together. Great colors!

sarah, rsm said...

amanda jean,
i love every single quilt you put together - simple or complex. you have been a wonderful teacher to me even though we've never met! :)
i submitted my very first quilt i ever made (Anita's Memory) in quilting gallery's weekly themed quilting contest and would be most humbly honored to get your vote:
http://quiltinggallery.com/tag/weekly-themed-quilt-contest/

sarah ;)

Clair said...

Looks like a quilt that should come visit my house when it is completed. :)

Sheila said...

HAPPY, PRETTY quilt! Great stash buster idea. Nice size. Thank you for sharing.

Jessica Christensen said...

I saw this on Friday, and I made a top the same day. It was very easy. I'm blogging about it next week (delayed posting). I was looking for a quick pattern to make for my oldest daughter's friend, and this was perfect. Thanks for your help from far away (and previously unbeknownst to you). :)

Clair said...

Maybe I could make one this weekend! I was looking at my stash this morning.

Jennifer said...

I love it! It does have a vintage feel to it which I'm really liking right now. This would be a great weekend project!

Jennifer :)

Josie McRazie said...

What a beautiful choice of fabrics!! i love this Idea! It looks like it goes together nicely! Have to put on my try next list!! Thank you for the great ideas!!

quirky granola girl said...

the fabrics on your quilt are fantastic! i hear that you'll be at the CO retreat with Penny. i'm coming from WI, too :) it will be fun to meet you and sew with you.

in the meantime, can you tell me more about that calories count/food fabric? i adore it.
thanks!
melinda

April (Polkadot Sparrow) said...

You did such a great job with the color selection! I'm into blue and red together right now. It's such a nice Springy look.

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

It so pretty! Easy as pie. Love the name.

J.Lynne said...

I love when designs are so beautiful but simple. These types are so satisfying for me becuase they work up so quickly. The fabrics are beautiful too!

amy smart said...

I love this. (Esp because those are the colors/fabrics that scream my name.) This makes me want to pull out fabric and make a quilt tonight. I could just let the family forage for their own food. I won't but it sounds so tempting.

You always inspire me. Thanks for the effort you take to do that.

Cathy said...

just love it!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing the pattern with us for FREE! You've made my day. ;)

Kris and Kelly Rowlett said...

I've never made a quilt before, and I would love to make one for my sons twin bed, is this a simple enough pattern for my first quilt?

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Once I collect enough fabric I will try one of these. Simple but pretty. Thanks for sharing the pattern!

NiCoLe said...

I recently finished making an Easy as Pie quilt and blogged about it:: http://victoryandpeace.blogspot.com/2011/07/mexico-quilts.html
Thanks so much for the tutorial!

Mary Jo said...

I just finished my quilt based on your tutorial! I love it! I mentioned you and your blog on several posts over the course of the quilt's creation. :) Thanks again for such a lovely and easy quilt-y idea.
allthisforthem.blogspot.com

Mama Said Sew said...

I used this pattern and love it! Here's a link to my post of the finished quilt: http://mamasaidsew.blogspot.com/2011/08/finished-easy-as-pie-quilt.html

Thanks for the great tutorial Amanda!

Maribeth said...

I am new quilter, and have been looking for a quilt to make for my queen size bed. After finding this on pinterest, I fell in love! But, being so new, I am unsure if this is big enough for a queen. Can you help?

Threads astray said...

The instructions and pictures to your quilts are just wonderful....love your work

anna in spain said...

Bingo! That's just what I want. TBH I'm not really good at matching seams, and in this one that's not necessary. I'm all over it! I promised a friend a scrappy quilt from a bag of furnishing/curtain fabric bits, looks like this is going to be the one! You just saved my reason--no matching here!

PennyDuncan said...

I am a paper crafter but have been wanting to start quilting as my grandmother was an amazing quilter when she was alive......while searching the internet for blogs I happened upon yours...you are very gifted....I believe I'm going to try my had at this type a blog first....can't wait to begin!!! Thank you for sharing your talent!!