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Bodhi’s Quilt – Part One

I found this incredibly cute fat quarter set earlier this year, and I had to have it for Bodhi’s quilt. I had already bought the blue sky background and the cream print with an entirely different pattern in mind, so finding the coordinates that went with the backing fabric was impossible to pass up. I’m keeping it simple (yes, I can actually do that!) so I thought I’d share the instructions as I go along. Part One is below, and Part Two will follow on Saturday. Finished block size = 9 inches Number of blocks = 30 Finished quilt size = 47″ x 56″ Supplies:

  • 10 fat quarters
  • 2.5  yards of background fabric
  • 2.5  yards backing fabric


  • Spray starch.
  • Rulers: I used a 9.5 inch square ruler for cutting the final blocks. If you don’t have one,  use a larger ruler and mark guidelines or registration marks, or make a template from transparent plastic.

Note: In the following steps you’ll be cutting squares and framing them, and in part 2 of the instructions you’ll be trimming the blocks to tilt either left or right. If your focus fabrics are NOT directional, you can apply the frame or sashing strips in either order (top & bottom, then sides OR the reverse) and then rotate them in the final assembly to avoid bulky intersections. However, if you are using any directional fabrics, I recommend placing all the blocks on a design wall BEFORE framing the directional prints. Once you know where the adjoining seams fall, you can frame them to fit.

A special “Thank you” to Vivian for sharing her experience with the tutorial!

Part One – Making Blocks: Block #1: From each of 4 fat quarters, cut (2) strips 5.5 x 18 inches. Subcut into 5.5 inch squares (you should have 6 of each print for a total of 24.) From each of the next 4 fat quarters, cut  (12) 1.5 inch strips. Subcut into (12) pieces 1.5 x 5.5 inches and (12) pieces 1.5 x 7.5 inches.  Matching or mixing the frames as you prefer, sew the 5.5 inch strips to opposite sides of a 5.5 inch square and press. Add the 7.5 inch strips to the remaining sides.

Block #1

Block #2: From the remaining 2 fat quarters, cut (2) 7.5 x 18 inch strips. Subcut into 7.5″ squares (you’ll use 3 of each print for a total of 6.) From the background fabric, cut (30) 2.5 inch by WOF strips.  Subcut each strip into (2) 7.5 x 2.5 inch strips, and (2) 11.5 x 2.5 inch strips. You should have a total of (60) 7.5 inch strips and (60) 11.5 inch strips. As above, add the short strips to opposite sides of each square, press, and then add the longer pieces to the remaining sides.

After stitching, press with a light spray starch (I like Best Press.) Don’t hesitate to use it repeatedly for additional stability. In the next step, we’ll be trimming “wonky” blocks and the starch will minimize warping of the bias edges.

Block #2

Pure baby boy. What fun!

You’ll find Part Two of the instructions here.

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Hi Sandie, what a great tutorial! I just wanted to let you know that I linked to it on my website, You can see the link here: E-mail me when you get the chance and let me know if this is alright. I love your blog and I’d like to put more of your tutorials on!

    December 2, 2011
  2. sabine carpentier #

    Do most women use A sewing machine for quilts or is it all done by hand stitch?

    March 11, 2013
    • Jean #

      Definitely a sewing machine because my eyes are not what they used to be. Next: A magnifying glass…..

      February 12, 2017
      • Amen to that!

        February 13, 2017
  3. Rachel Robles #

    Finally, an easy to follow tutorial! Thanks for doing this. I will be using this for one of my next “projects.”

    October 13, 2013
  4. Jen Ulrich #

    What a wonderful pattern. thanks!!!

    July 8, 2015

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