How to Make the Interlocked Yankee Doodle Quilt

by Morgan | June 16, 2018


Learn how to make the quilt:

Make sure to get the free pattern download so you can follow along. 

If you'd like to make the same quilt we did, you can get the Interlocked Yankee Doodle Quilt Kit on our website! 

What you'll need to get started

1 - Essentail Gem Pack (we used Yankee Doodle by Wilmington Prints)

1-1/3 yd. background fabric

5/8 yd. border fabric

5/8 yd. binding

Sewing machine 

Rotary cutter (this is our favorite - Olfa Splash 45mm Rotary Cutter - Emperor Purple)

Pattern (we've got it as a free download for you!

Helpful Notions

A note on cutting

Don't cut the strips when you're tired or distracted. You'll need EVERY strip, and EVERY cut from those strips to complete this quilt, so be extra careful! 

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Fold each strip in half to make your cuts.
  2. Trim the selvages from your strips

  3. Cut (6) 4.5" x 2.5" rectangles from each strip (you can cut two strips at a time for speed)

  4. Cut (6) 2.5" x 2.5" squares from each strip.

  5. After cutting, sort fabrics out by color. 

  6. Cut (9) 7" squares from your background fabric. 

  7. Cut the background squares corner-to-corner (this is where a Spinning Rotary Mat comes in handy)

  8. Rotate the mat and cut again corner-to-corner.

  9. You should have 4 triangles for each square, for a total of 36 triangles. 

  10. Cut (142) 2/5" squares from your background fabric.
  11. Lay out your block with your A square (in our case, blue), background square, and A rectangle (in our case, blue). 

  12. Sew the two squares together with a 1/4" seam allowance. 

  13. Set the seam and press it toward Fabric A (don't press your seams toward the background fabric)
  14. Sew the squares to the rectangle to complete your block. 

  15. Set the seam and press it toward the fabric A rectangle.
  16. Repeat steps 11-15 to make 142 blocks. 
  17. Arrange your completed blocks according to the diagram from Wilmington Prints. 
  18. Assemble your rows diagonally.  Sew the rows together to complete the center of the quilt. 
  19. Add the border following the instructions available in the download
  20. Layer and baste top, batting, and backing together. Quilt as desired and add binding. 

    Interlocked Yankee Doodle finished quilt on white background

Did you make this quilt? 

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