Tuesday, May 21, 2013

My Favorite Things - How to Make the Sudoku Quilt

My dad's 70th birthday present, the sudoku quilt, was a big hit!  I know these are all over the place and have been done a million ways, but I thought I'd share how I did it.

You need nine fat quarters of novelty fabric.  I cut these into nine 6" squares.

Then I found a sudoku pattern online and solved it.  Each fabric was assigned a number, and I started sewing them together.

I put 3/4" black sashing in between the squares and a 1 1/2" black border around the whole puzzle.  Then I made a little skinny dimensional border (I don't know what it's called but it kind of looks like piping).  Basically it was a 1" strip of white, pressed in half, and basted to the first border before adding a 3" grey border.

Are you so impressed with my mitered border?  I know it is not a big deal to some of you, but these produce a huge amount of anxiety for me.  I used this tutorial and only had to rip out one of the corners.

I stitched in the ditch around the sashing and borders.  Then I did a loopy meander in each block.  Last I did a design I've seen somewhere (but can't remember where - probably Leah Day but I can't swear to it) in the grey border that reminds me of a capital cursive L.

The blocks measure 16 1/2" and the finished quilt with these borders finished at a cozy 60" square.

If you want to make this quilt you will need:
  • 9 fat quarters of novelty prints
    • cut nine 6" squares from each
    • assemble according to sudoku puzzle
  • 1/2 yard sashing and first border (black)
    • cut five 1 1/4" strips
    • cut five 2" strips
  • 1/4 yard white/piping 
    • cut six 1" strips
    • sew into two long strips of 3 each
    • press in half lengthwise
    • baste to first border using 1/8" seam allowance
  • 2/3 yard grey for outside border
    • cut six 3 1/2" strips
  • 1/2 yard black for binding
    • cut six 2 1/2" strips
  • 64" square batting.  I used Warm and Natural.
  • 66" square pieced back.  I used flannel
If you make one I would love to see it! 

1 comment:

  1. This is so cool. I have not even heard about a sudoku quilt pattern, but I am not really in the quilting loop. It looks like a ton of work,but it looks so great!


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