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FREE: Scrappy Dice Quilt PDF Pattern

Free scrap quilt tutorial for beginners by Lella Boutique.

Over the weekend, my little girl turned 3. To celebrate, we held a fancy tea party. Of course, there was homemade lemonade, chocolate-dipped strawberries, cucumber sandwiches, homemade shortbread, and petit fours. No tea party is complete with a pretty table cloth; I decided to use this scrappy quilt made of happy, bright floral prints. (Fabric is Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics. I got the inspiration from this beautiful tea party photo shoot by Peekaboo Photos using a quilt made by Lu Hale.

Free scrap quilt tutorial for beginners by Lella Boutique.

I used fat quarters and yardage, but scraps would be ideal. I did keep track of how I made mine and will be sharing the free tutorial of my Scrappy Dice quilt with you here.

Within each block, you will notice an X shape in the linen colored fabric. The X reminds me of the number five on a die, which is where the name came from.

Free scrap quilt tutorial for beginners by Lella Boutique.

The first thing you will need to decide is what accent fabric to make the X shape in your overall project. I used Yarn Dyed Flax in “Linen” by Robert Kaufman for all 36 blocks–but you could certainly use a variety of prints to make it more scrappy. This is a great way to use up scraps. You can mix and match mini charm squares, charm squares (trimmed to 4.5″ square), or whatever you have in your fabric stash.

FINISHED BLOCK: 12″ x 12″

FINISHED QUILT: 60.5″ x 84.5″ (35 blocks set 5×7)

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • (2) yards accent fabric
  • *(140) squares 4.5″ x 4.5″ in assorted prints (scraps, charm packs, etc.)
  • *(280) squares 2.5″ x 2.5″ in assorted prints (scraps, charm packs, mini charm packs, etc.)
  • 5 1/4 yards backing fabric
  • 3/4 yard binding fabric
  • 69″ x 94″ batting

*If you would like to use 18 fat quarters in place of scraps, refer to the following diagram to cut the following per print:

  • (8) squares 4.5″ x 4.5″
  • (16) squares 2.5″ x 2.5″
FAT QUARTER CUTTING

CUTTING

From the accent fabric, cut the following:

  • (5) strips 4.5″ x WOF. Subcut (35) squares 4.5″ x 4.5″, (8 per strip).
  • (18) strips 2.5″ x WOF. Subcut (280) squares 2.5″ x 2.5″ (16 per strip).

From the binding fabric, cut (8) strips 2.5″ x WOF.

MAKING THE BLOCKS

To make 1 block, gather the following:

  • (1) square 4.5″ x 4.5″ of accent fabric
  • (8) squares 2.5″ x 2.5″ of accent fabric
  • (4) squares 4.5″ x 4.5″ in assorted prints
  • (8) squares 2.5″ x 2.5″ in assorted prints

STEP 1: Arrange the accent print squares into the ‘X’ shape as shown in the picture.

Free scrap quilt tutorial for beginners by Lella Boutique.

STEP 2: Fill in (4) assorted squares 4.5″ x 4.5″ around the center accent square as shown.

Free scrap quilt tutorial for beginners by Lella Boutique.

STEP 3: Fill in the remaining (8) assorted squares 2.5″ x 2.5″.

Free scrap quilt tutorial for beginners by Lella Boutique.

STEP 4: Using 1/4″ seam allowance, sew the 2.5″ squares into 4-patch block units. (I recommend checking out Deonn Stott’s explanation on pressing seams so they will “nest” here.)

Free scrap quilt tutorial for beginners by Lella Boutique.

STEP 5: Sew the units into rows. Press the seams, alternating the direction of the seams from row-to-row so they will “nest” or lock into place more easily.

Free scrap quilt tutorial for beginners by Lella Boutique.

STEP 6: Sew the rows together, lining up the seams and pinning in place beforehand. Press. Unfinished block should measure 12.5″ 12.5″. I made (35) blocks.

Free scrap quilt tutorial for beginners by Lella Boutique.

STEP 7: Arrange them as you’d like! I set my blocks into 7 rows of 5. Once it is arranged to your liking, sew the blocks into rows and press (alternating the pressing direction from row-to-row). Sew the rows together; press. My finished quilt size for the 5×7 setting is 60.5″ x 84.5″.

Free scrap quilt tutorial for beginners by Lella Boutique.
FREE Scrappy Dice beginner scrap quilt tutorial

TIP: If you want to make an extra block (36 blocks total), this would accommodate a 6×6 square quilt top setting and finished quilt size of 72.5″ x 72.5″. (There would need to be a few adjustments to the materials but you’d have more than plenty backing/batting/binding fabric.)

Baste, quilt, and bind the quilt using your desired method. I usually hire a long arm quilter for the basting/quilting part, but have a detailed tutorial for the quilt binding process here.

8 Comments

  1. Phyllis

    July 8, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    I saw this on your IG, lovely quilt! Thanks for sharing this tutorial!

  2. Cheryl

    July 11, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Love, love this quilt….and so happy to find your blog. It's wonderful!!!!!!

  3. MaterialGirlQuilts

    July 12, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Super cute and love that you all had a fun tea party 🙂
    Amanda

  4. Audrey

    November 24, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    A very special way to celebrate a little one's third birthday with a fabulous quilt. Thanks for the tutorial.

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    October 25, 2015 at 10:40 am

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    August 25, 2016 at 2:49 am

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    October 4, 2017 at 8:30 am

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  8. Unknown

    March 28, 2018 at 7:25 am

    Thank you for sharing this tutorial with me!

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