Friday, January 28, 2011

Dot Dot Dash Quilt Tutorial

Hi, I'm Karen Maxwell from Lisnaweary Quilts and I am thrilled that Madame Samm has asked me to be a guest on Stash Manicure, Sew We Quilt.

I'm from Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, where I live with my husband who is a farmer and our four children (a boy and 3 girls).

I love patchwork: modern, traditional, folk doesn't matter..I love it all!

Anyway, I thought I would show you a little wall hanging I made last year from Irish Linen, that just about sums me up!

Enough about me, here is the tutorial for the Dot Dot Dash Quilt, which I made for the Moda Bakeshop! (Its made using Moda's Hoopla fabric range)

This quilt could just as easily be made with scraps from your fabric stash, just add some solid background fabric.

Finished size 66" x 90"


1 Hoopla Jelly Roll

2yds Moda Solid White Bleached

1 1/2yds green floral fabric

1yd green check fabric

backing: 5yds dot fabric

Instructions:From the jelly roll, pick out 15 strips - 5 sets of 3 strips. Trim off selvages. (strips should measure 42 1/2")

Sew together in groups of threes, along the length of the strips.From remaining 25 strips: cut two 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares from 11 strips and one 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square from the remaining 14 strips - 36 squares in total.

From the background cut:

twelve 2 1/2" x 42 1/2" strips

six 2 1/2" x 13 3/4" strips

three 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" strips

thirty three 2 1/2" x 3" strips

Sew a 2 1/2" x 3" white piece and 2 1/2" coloured square together, then alternate white and coloured again until there are four coloured squares. Sew a 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" white piece to the final coloured square. Sew a coloured square to this, and again alternate between white and coloured until there are four coloured squares, finish the strip with a 2 1/2" x 3" white piece. Press well. Strip should measure 42 1/2". Make 3 strips.

Sew a 2 1/2" x 13 3/4" white strip to a coloured square, then alternate between 2 1/2" x 3" white pieces and 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" coloured squares until there are four coloured squares. Sew a 2 1/2" x 13 3/4" white piece to the end. Press well. Strip should measure 42 1/2". Make 3 strips.

For each of the six strips: sew a 2 1/2" x 42 1/2" strip to either side of the length of the strip.

Each strip should measure 6 1/2" x 42 1/2".

Starting with a white background strip with 8 coloured squares, arrange the eleven strips as shown in the photo, alternating between coloured and white strips.

Sew strips together and press well.

1st border: from green floral fabric, cut six 6 1/2" x Width of Fabric.

First sew on top and bottom borders, piece together and sew on side borders.

2nd border: from white solid fabric, cut seven 2 1/2" x Width of Fabric.

Piece together and sew on quilt.

Sew remaining 25 strips from jelly roll together along the length of the strips, press well. (Some will be different lengths)

Fold over, right sides together, sew first and last strips together. This makes a sort of tube.

Place tube flat on the cutting board, trim off selvages, and cut tube into 2 1/2" strips.

You should end up with lots of hoops.

Unpick one of the seams anywhere in the hoop.

Sew on 4 more squares (from one of the other hoops); this gives a strip of 29 squares. Make 4 of these strips.

Make four more strips in a similar way, this time make sure you have 45 squares in each strip! Make 4 of these strips.

For top and bottom chequered border, sew two stips of the 29 square strips together along the length of the strip.

Repeat for side borders using 45 square strips. Press well.

Pin top and bottom borders to the quilt top.

Sew in place. Nearly finished...

Pin and sew chequered border to sides of quilt top.Layer backing, wadding and quilt top, quilt as desired. Sew on binding. Remember the quilt label!

My quilt was long arm quilted by Yvonne McKee with beautiful butterflies.

In Ireland we don't normally have this much snow! Usually, it disappears very quickly, this year it stayed around for weeks! I was lucky - it gave me a perfect backdrop for my photos.

My eldest daughter isn't usually this camera shy!

..and our dog isn't usually this obedient!

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial, pop over to my blog or website for more tutorials, chat and photos of sewing and Ireland!


  1. What a lovely quilt. Thank you so much for sharing your tutorial!

  2. So pretty and fresh... thanks...

  3. Oh my gosh!!!! I love that so much! After seeing all your pictures I think I could make this! Thank you so much.
    Must get Hoopla Jelly Roll!!!!!!!

  4. Beautiful - and a great tutorial on how to make that checkered border. it would be great done up in scraps as well!

  5. Amazing! I love colourful quilts with some white! And that scrappy border... yummy!

  6. Good Morning Karen. I can see myself making this for sure...I am known for all of my
    The colors, the uniqueness of it all, makes for a sentimental favorite. Ok, one question. You sew the strips into a tube, you cut and then you take apart the seam ...not sure why.. Why not just fold in half, and cut. ( I bet it is obvious but not to me) lol. A terrific tutorial, and visually, stunning.

  7. I love the colors of this design. Simple too, great tut. Thank you

  8. I love this quilt! The colors are gorgeous! It's a happy quilt! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Such a cute quilt - I love this design and have put it on my bucket list!! Thanks for sharing!!

  10. In answer to your question Madame Samm, if you fold the strips in half and cut, you would end up with the same colour of fabric squares on each strip, this way you can vary the starting square and get different fabrics each time. Hope this makes sense!

  11. Thank you for such a great tutorial! I love the design!

  12. Love the quilt! I love the use of white as the background. Thanks for the tutorial!!

  13. This is a BEAUTIFUL quilt. thank you for sharing your pattern with us, and the step by step on how to.. (it really does help) I'm loving how you make it look so easy.. and it ends us so beautiful.

  14. I SEW WANT to make it!! It is so cute!.....ugh, my "sew want to" list is growing fast. Can I take me "stuff" and machines with me when I die?
    cause I'm NOT getting any younger!


  15. Karen, thank you for the great tutorial and the wonderful photos. The snowy backdrop is lovely. We have a lot of snow that probrably will not melt until July! Usually I am not into the bright fabrics but these are just super fun! Heading over to your blog to visit. I have always wanted to go to Ireland and this might be the only way I get there...LOL!
    Thanks again,

  16. Great scrappy quilt. Thanks for the tutorial.

  17. This is a great tutorial and makes me want to start sewing right away! Very cute!

  18. Thanks for a great tutorial - I feel like I've been to a great workshop! The quilt is so happy and looks wonderful against the snow :)

  19. Very Nice! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  20. Thank you, this is such a clearly explained tutorial even I could follow it! It will be added to my list of future projects.

  21. I love your bright color choices. And your tutorial was great - I understood. :) But I especially love your wallhanging - that speaks to us all. blessings, marlene

  22. I am a wife of a ham (amateur radio operator). Dot-dot-dash stands for U....and U made a lovely quilt that I plan to make as soon as possible!...Thanks..

  23. I have got to make me this one, your tut was so easy even I could figure it out. You, Karen are truly a blessing this very cold morning in N.Y.

  24. So beautiful! What a great tutorial. I love your wall hanging too! Thank you for sharing.

  25. Your quilt is so beautiful. Love the white crisp background fabric. Thanks for a great tutorial. I would love to put this quilt on my to do list!

  26. Love the quilt, simple and quick. Just the way I like them. I have a ton of scraps to use up I will have to try that one.

  27. Gorgeous quilt... love the fabrics and colors! Hitting the scrap bins would be a great option for this pattern!

  28. Gorgeous quilt and bright cheery colors. I'm a little confused about why the tube thing but I'll reread and figure it out.
    Gmama Jane

  29. What a happy quilt. Thanks for the great tute.

  30. Lovely quilt and you can see the cute butterfly quilting in the photo of your daughter draped in it - nice choice. I love scrappy borders. Very nice tutorial.

  31. I get Madame, ask me. if you sew it in a loop, when you take the stitches out you have the design blocks not in order. my English not so good, but I think this lady is brilliant.

  32. This is a beautiful quilt Karen, I loved it when I saw it on MBS and love it even more here! I may have to do a little stash diving! Thank you sew much for sharing it with us!

  33. I just love this quilt, it looks a bit complicated but when you read through the instructions it all becomes clear. One to put on the "must make" list.

  34. What a great quilt tutorial. Love it!!! Thanks for the wonderful post. Hugs Ariane

  35. What a great quilt. The white makes the colours stand out beautifully. And thanks Samm for asking the quesition, I too was wondering.

  36. My favorite kind of quilt - fast and happy! Thanks for sharing! I'm a fool for white in a quilt! xo, Nan

  37. Saw your Hoopla quilt. Thanks for sharing. The white is a standout.

  38. what a fab-o quilt - I love it, so cheery :)
    Chestermere, Alberta, Canada

  39. oh and I LOVE the name lol it's super cute!
    Chestermere, Alberta, Canada


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