Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Pickup Sticks Quilt - Tutorial

After I made the Christmas Tree Christmas Tree Skirt last December, I put together a quilt top I call Pickup Sticks that uses the same technique.  This is a great quilt to show off Kona solids and to use up left-over strips of solids you may have from other projects. 
Here's how to do it:
Start with a 12.5 inch square and cut it crosswise 2 or three times
Cut a whole bunch of 1 inch strips from a selection of solids.

Sew the strips to the top fabric of each cut.
 Iron them open.
Trim the 1 inch strips so they match the edges of the piece they are sewn to.
Sew the sections together overlapping the ends so the 1/4 inch seam hits the edges exactly where the two overlaps cross.
Some of the overlaps will be less than others depending on how angled your cross cut is.
Here's the block with the four sections sewn together.
Iron everything open.
Cut the block across one or two times.
Sew in the strips.
Trim the ends to match the sides of the block.
Sew the sections together and iron the seams open.
Trim the blocks down to square them up.  If your seams are less than 1/4 inch you may be able to trim them down to 12.5 inch squares.  If you're inconsistent like me, you may be trimming all your squares down to 12 inches.

Make 24 blocks, varying the amount of cross cuts and varying the colours of the 1 inch strips.  The most cuts I made on a block was 5, the least was 3.  Sew them all together to get a 4 foot by 6 foot quilt top.


  1. That is such a cool quilt and so easy!

  2. This is a great photo tutorial! I recommended it to someone today, because it does a great job of explaining the process! Great quilt top!

  3. Super easy and cute! I love it and I've pinned it to my "Quilty Goodness" board on Pinterest (with proper credit, of course!). Feel free to follow me if you'd like:

  4. Thank you SO much for this tutorial! Many of our guild members have expressed interest in an easy (forgiving) contemporary block for community service quilts (we get a lot of white/ivory solid yardage donated to us)and to use up those scraps, jelly rolls and honey buns that are collecting dust. This really fits the bill - thanks every so much!

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