16-patch scrappy Quilt Tutorial

Today I’m sharing a quilt tutorial using Amanda Herring’s newest collection Lula Magnolia over at the Riley Blake blog. This quilt uses the gorgeous big panel blocks from the Lula Magnolia collection but could be used with any 16″ x 16″ fabric panels. 
The Lula Magnolia panels come in 3 different colorways, but all coordinate with each other. I love using panels because you can create a much more elaborate quilt with very little effort.
The Lula Magnolia panels come in 3 different colorways, but all coordinate with each other. I used three panels from two different colorways. This quilt was designed with these specific panels in mind, but could also be used for any 16″ x 16″ panels.
I love the vibrant colors in this collection – and at the moment I’m totally a sucker for the blue and orange combination especially. Also, if you’re a flamingo fan, there are some great flamingo prints included. 
Finished Quilt: 60″ x 76″
Fabric requirements:
  • six 16 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ panels. (The Lula Magnolia panels come 4 to a yard. You could get a yard and a half to get six panels. The panels measure 18″ x 20″ so you will need to square up each panel to 16 1/2″ x 16 1/2″.)
  • 24 prints in 4 1/2″ x 20″ strips. (These could easily come from 1/8 yards or fat-eighths. Or you could use 96 charm squares and piece the 16-patch blocks just using the squares.)
  • 3/8 yard inside border – cut six strips 2″ x 42″
  • 1 yard outside border – cut seven strips 5″ x 42″
  • 1/2 yard binding
  • 3 5/8 yards backing

Cut twenty-four strips 4 1/2” x 20”. You can get two per 1/8 yard or use more fabrics if you want a bigger variety. I used a mix of Lula Magnolia prints as well as a few solids and Riley Blake basics to add more color and contrast. I like to change up the scale and busy-ness of the fabrics so that the fabrics coordinate but have contrast as well.
Sort the 24 strips into 6 sets of 4 fabrics. Sew the four strips together to create a 16 1/2” x 20” strip set.
Trim selvage edges from strip set.
Turn the strip set so that the newly squared-up edge is on your left. Place ruler 4 1/2” over the strip set and trim a 4 1/2” unit from the set. 
Continue to cut three more 4 1/2” units from the strip set. Repeat this step with five remaining sets of four 4 1/2” x 20” strips. You will end up with twenty-four 4-block units.

Mix and match the 4-block units into six different sets. Before you sew them together, press seams in first and third unit going one direction and in second and fourth units going the other direction. This will help points match up and keep the block square when the opposing seams butt-up against each other as you sew the units together.

This will create six 16-patch-blocks measuring 16 1/2″ x 16 1/2″.

 Lay out blocks into four rows of three blocks each, alternating the 16 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ panels and the scrappy 16-patch blocks. Press seams toward the panels. Sew four rows together and press seams all one direction.

 Add borders. This is my favorite method for adding borders to a quilt. Quilt and Bind.
These panels from the Lula Magnolia collection are useful for lots of other projects including bags and pillows. You can see some on display in the Riley Blake booth at Quilt Market a couple of weeks ago. 
Lula Magnolia will be arriving in stores in June!

This tutorial was originally posted on the Riley Blake blog.

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  • Reply
    Julie in WA
    May 28, 2014 at 7:20 am

    WHOA! When you scroll up and down on the second picture (and on the last picture) it looks like the flower is spinning! This is a great quilt!

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    May 28, 2014 at 8:06 am

    The Riley Blake fabrics are really nice, I love the colour orange and the shade of orange in this range is particularly striking and vibrant. I especially like the centre panel that has a paisley style design. I too love blue and orange together, I also like blue and yellow together. One day I will make something with those colour combinations, but it will have to go on the "to do"

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    Melissa Corry
    May 28, 2014 at 11:47 am

    This is absolutely stunning amy!!! I love it!!! The mix of little patches with the big panels is just perfect.

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    May 28, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    I agree with Melissa that the big blocks and smaller patches are great together. Simplicity usually works!

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    May 28, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Gorgeous quilt! I love the blue and orange color combo.

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    Sigi G
    May 29, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Beautiful Quilt Amy, I just love it. Have this thing for orange fabric lately and this Quilt with Fabric makes the whole thing look stunning!

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    Linda R
    May 29, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Love the quilt. Big bold prints and then small blocks….really nice eye candy!<br />

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    A Quilter's Mission
    May 29, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Absolutely beautiful! Love this colorway.

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    Margo Yang
    May 29, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Wow, I love the bold white flower and the color combinations are stunning!!<br />

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    amanda m
    May 29, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Wow. Just, wow!

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    Michelle Carlson
    June 2, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Beautiful Amy! I love your quilt and all of the colors, great job!

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    Charlotte Searles
    June 17, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    This is so beautiful!

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    Katy M
    April 29, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    This is gorgeous! Pinning it for future use. Thanks! x

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