The quilt itself is a total of 56" x 56" including borders, but the center portion that has the Monkey Wrench blocks is 48" x 48" and uses 16 12" blocks.
The fabrics for this particular quilt are to go along with a Jungle theme in the nursery. I love seeing the fabric all pressed and folded ready for cutting, so I couldn't help but share this photo. :-) The middle fabric is actually for the border, so the four colors for the blocks are the orange, yellow, medium green and dark green fabrics.
- 1 strip of each color cut 2" in width
- 1 strip of each color cut 3-7/8" in width
- 1 strip of each color cut 4-1/4" in width
- 2 strips of each color cut 6-7/8" in width
- 1 strip of each color cut 7-1/4" in width
The smallest strips can be cut into squares. The rest of the strips are cut either once on the diagonal to obtain half square triangles, or twice on the diagonal to obtain quarter square triangles.
- 3-7/8" squares - cut twice on diagonal
- 4-1/4" squares - cut once on diagonal
- 6-7/8" squares - cut twice on diagonal
- 7-1/4" squares - cut once on diagonal
Start with the middle squares and sew them into pairs, pressing seams towards the darkest fabrics (the greens in the photo below).
Next, sew the pairs into four-patches and nest the seams while sewing.
Here's a picture of the first square with all triangles added to the four-patch. Make sure you square up your block at this stage. You may not have a perfectly square block if your seams are off a little bit. Obviously you want to get your seams as perfect as you can, but we're all human and we're not perfect! :-)
My blocks didn't end up perfectly square, but I did make sure that I trimmed my edges such that I had a quarter inch distance between the points and the edge of the fabric. This will at least make your quilt appear to have perfect seams and corners.
The next tutorial will show how to make the corner blocks and then the final border (piano key border).
~Sarah at upstateNYCreations