Build blocks in two sizes for a kid's quilt that comes together easily. Fussy-cut block centers, bright prints, and standout stripes add playful style. Fabrics are from the A Little Birdie Told Me collection by Deborah Edwards for Northcott.

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Inspired by Step By Step from AGF Studio

Quilt tester: Jan Ragaller

Materials

• 1-18×22" (fat quarter) white print (blocks A and B)

• 7-9×22" (fat eighths) assorted dots in orange, green, and blue (blocks A and B)

• 1⁄2 yard stripe (blocks A and B)

• 6-9×22" (fat eighths) assorted flower prints in blue, white, and yellow (Block B)

• 1⁄2 yard binding fabric

• 2-3⁄4 yards backing fabric

• 49" square batting

Finished quilt: 40-1⁄2" square

Finished blocks: Block A, 20" square; Block B, 10" square

Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width.

Measurements include 1⁄4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Press seams in directions indicated by arrows on diagrams. If no direction is specified, press seams toward darker fabric.

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Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order.

From white print, cut:

• 1-6-1⁄2" square

• 6-4-1⁄2" squares

From one assorted dot, cut:

• 2-3-1⁄2 ×12-1⁄2" rectangles

• 2-3-1⁄2 ×6-1⁄2" rectangles

From each remaining assorted dot, cut:

• 2-3-1⁄2 ×10-1⁄2" rectangles

• 2-3-1⁄2 ×4-1⁄2" rectangles

From stripe, cut:

• 2-4-1⁄2×20-1⁄2" rectangles

• 2-4-1⁄2×12-1⁄2" rectangles

• 6-4-1⁄2" squares

From each assorted flower print, cut:

• 2-3-1⁄2 ×10-1⁄2" rectangles

• 2-3-1⁄2 ×4-1⁄2" rectangles

From binding fabric, cut:

• 5-2-1⁄2 ×42" binding strips

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Assemble A Block

1. Sew together white print 6-1⁄2" square and two assorted dot 3-1⁄2 ×6-1⁄2" rectangles (Diagram 1).

2. Add matching assorted dot 3-1⁄2 ×12-1⁄2" rectangles to remaining edges of Step 1 unit (Diagram 2).

3. Join stripe 4-1⁄2 ×12-1⁄2" rectangles to opposite edges of Step 2 unit (Diagram 3). Add stripe 4-1⁄2 ×20-1⁄2" rectangles to remaining edges to make Block A (Diagram 4). Block A should be 20-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.

Assemble B Blocks

1. Sew together one stripe 4-1⁄2" square and two matching assorted dot 3-1⁄2 ×4-1⁄2" rectangles. Add matching assorted dot 3-1⁄2 ×10-1⁄2" rectangles to remaining edges to make a dot Block B (Diagram 5). Press as before. Block B should be 10-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.

2. Repeat Step 1 with remaining stripe 4-1⁄2" squares and matching sets of dot rectangles to make six dot B blocks total.

3. Repeat Step 1 with white print 4-1⁄2" squares and matching sets of flower print rectangles to make six flower B blocks total.

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Assemble Quilt Top

1. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, lay out A and B blocks, alternating dot and flower B blocks as shown.

2. Sew together B blocks in horizontal and vertical rows. Press seams in one direction.

3. Join vertical B block rows to Block A to make three pieced rows total. Press seams in opposite direction.

4. Join rows to complete quilt top; press seams in one direction.

Finish Quilt

1. Layer quilt top, batting, and backing; baste. Quilt as desired.

2. Bind with binding strips.

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