Sunny Santa Monica Quilt

Here’s how the back looks:
Last week my husband and I visited Los Angeles, CA. Being a fabric-aholic, I searched for nearby fabric boutiques on my iPhone and stumbled across the Urban Crafts Center in Santa Monica. What a cool shop…it was like the Urban Outfitters of craft supplies instead of clothing. Anyway, while there I saw a quilt similar to this one. Inspired by the simplicity of the design and by their modern fabric selection, I eye-balled the quilt measurements, picked out some cool fabrics (the line I used is called Midwest Modern by Amy Butler) and made this lovely quilt. 🙂 If you’re a beginner quilter, or if you need a quick quilt that showcases some of your favorite prints, this is the project for you.

Materials (refer to the diagram below):

  • Fabric A – 1/4 yard (choose two prints)
  • Fabric B – 1/4 yard (choose two prints)
  • Fabric C – 1/2 yard (choose one print)
  • Backing – 1 yard
  • Batting – 1 yard
  • Binding – 3/8 yard

Step 1 – From your A, B and C fabrics, cut them so they measure the following and then arrange them as shown in the figure above.

  • Fabric A – 8″x32″
  • Fabric B – 6″x32″
  • Fabric C – 15″x32″

Step 2 -Sew all rows together. (With right sides facing together, pin along the length to keep the fabric in place and then sew a 1/4″ seam allowance as shown below).
Then press open with an iron.
Continue until you’ve sewn all five rows together. That’s it for the quilt top!

Step 3 -Form a quilt sandwich with your quilt top, batting and backing fabric and baste so that everything stays put. Click here for a tutorial on how to baste a quilt.

Step 4 – Using a walking foot, quilt it! Start by quilting a wavy line in the center of the quilt, and then work your way outwards (as shown below, I started in the center and then worked my way towards the right. Then, I simply rotated the quilt 180 degrees and did the same). I stitched straight lines but made them wavy by guiding the quilt in long, wavy motions beneath the walking foot. Remove pins as they get in your way.

Step 5 – Bind it! If any of you are interested in a binding tutorial, let me know and I’ll post one sooner rather than later. 🙂
That’s it! I told you it was fast. I finished this one in only 3 hours. It makes a great weekend project. 🙂 Happy quilting!

11 Responses to Sunny Santa Monica Quilt

  1. Sylvia April 18, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    Very nice little quilt. And I really like those fabrics!

  2. Sandy April 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    A binding tutorial would be awesome!

  3. Karen April 18, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    Jera has a great binding tutorial…check it out!

  4. Annie & Ashley April 19, 2011 at 12:45 am #

    I love this quilt and Love the fabric too!! I might just make me a replica quilt :))

  5. Needle little Balance April 22, 2011 at 5:23 am #

    This quilting looks modern and seems absolutely doable with my normal 30year old sewing machine. Love that! Maybe I´ll leave the save field of straight line quilting now.

  6. rubyslipperz May 13, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    This is sooo pretty! Thank you for the tute! I've added it to my "list"…(I just might have to live to 120 years old to finish meee list!)

    • Priscilla August 7, 2013 at 5:53 am #

      Hi Jera,
      where did you buy the fabric for this beautiful quilt?

  7. Haberdashery September 15, 2015 at 10:38 pm #

    Thank you so much! I have always wanted to make a quilt like this.

  8. Carolyn Young July 21, 2016 at 1:29 am #

    BEAUTIFUL, so bright and cheerful would love to know where you bought the fabric! Thanks.

  9. Margaret Williams August 10, 2016 at 6:52 pm #

    Looked and looked but can’t find the finished dimensions of this quilt. I’m guessing it’s pretty small, but…?

  10. Cathey Spies January 24, 2018 at 8:24 pm #

    The perfect beginner quilt!

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