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!


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

  2. A binding tutorial would be awesome!

  3. Jera has a great binding tutorial...check it out!

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

  5. 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. 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!)

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

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



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