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Senior Year Graduation Quilt

By: Joanie Holton & Melanie Greseth for FreeSpirit

Make a quilt for your favorite grad even if you're pressed for time! The Senior Year Graduation Quilt is a super simple beginner strip quilt. Fussy cut scenes from the Hallmark Occasions collection and piece them for a quilt of high school memories! Leave room for friends' signatures on the borders!

Senior Year Graduation Quilt
This image courtesy of freespiritfabric.com

Project Type: Make a Project

Time to complete: Weekend project

Primary Technique: Pieced

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Note: This quilt features fabrics from the Hallmark Occasions collection from FreeSpirit.

Materials and Cutting Directions:

  • 1-1/2 yd Graduation panel
    • (1) 11-1/2" x 45-1/2" “dance” strip –fussy cut
    • (1) 9-1/2" x 45-1/2" “car wash” strip –fussy cut
    • (1) 14-3/4" x 45-1/2" “graduation” strip –fussy cut
       
  • 1/4 yd Hat toss in clouds on blue 
    • (3) 4-1/4” square, (10) 3” squares
       
  • 1/4 yd Hat toss in clouds on lime 
    • (2) 4-1/4” square, (10) 3” squares
       
  • Fat 1/8 yd. Hat toss in clouds on pink  
    • (2) 4-1/4” square
       
  • Fat 1/8 yd. Hat toss in clouds on grey
    • (2) 4-1/4” square
       
  • Fat 1/8 yd. Hat toss in clouds on orange
    • (1) 4-1/4” square
       
  • Fat 1/8 yd. Diploma/hat/confetti on grey
    • (2) 4-1/4” square
       
  • Fat 1/8 yd. Diploma/hat/confetti on pink
    • (4) 4-1/4” square
       
  • Fat 1/4 Diploma/hat/confetti on blue 
    • (2) 4-1/4” square
      (4) 5-1/2” square

       
  • Fat 1/8 yd. Diploma/hat/confetti on orange
    • (3) 4-1/4” square
       
  • Fat 1/8 Diploma/hat/confetti on lime
    • (3) 4-1/4” square
       
  • 7/8 yd White solid or white muslin
    • (6) 5” x WOF

Multicolor Blocks Row:

  1. Sew (12) 4-1/4" squares together in the order of List 1.

    • Hat toss in clouds on blue

    • Diploma/hat/confetti on grey

    • Diploma/hat/confetti on pink

    • Hat toss in clouds on lime

    • Diploma/hat/confetti on blue

    • Diploma/hat/confetti on orange

    • Hat toss in clouds on pink

    • Hat toss in clouds on blue

    • Diploma/hat/confetti on lime

    • Diploma/hat/confetti on orange

    • Hat toss in clouds on grey

    • Diploma/hat/confetti on pink
       
  2. Make a second row in the order of List 2

    • Diploma/hat/confetti on pink

    • Diploma/hat/confetti on grey

    • Diploma/hat/confetti on lime

    • Hat toss in clouds on orange

    • Hat toss in clouds on blue
       
    • Diploma/hat/confetti on pink
       
    • Diploma/hat/confetti on lime
       
    • Hat toss in clouds on grey

    • Diploma/hat/confetti on orange

    • Hat toss in clouds on pink

    • Diploma/hat/confetti on blue

    • Hat toss in clouds on lime

       
  3. Sew List 1 row of blocks to the top of the 11-1/2" x 45-1/2" “dance” strip.
     
  4. Sew List 2 row of blocks to the bottom of the 11-1/2" x 45-1/2" “dance” strip.

    Senior Year Graduation Quilt

4-Patch Block Row:

  1. Sew (2) 3" hat toss in clouds on blue squares to (2) 3” hat toss in clouds on lime squares in 4-patch block. Repeat to make (5) blocks.

    Senior Year Graduation Quilt
     
  2. Sew (1) diploma/hat/confetti on blue 5-1/2” square to (1) 4-patch block. Repeat to make (4) sets.
     
  3. Sew (4) sets together to make row. Add last 4-patch block to end to complete row.

    Senior Year Graduation Quilt
     
  4. Sew 9-1/2" x 45-1/2" “car wash” strip to the top of the 4-patch block row.
     
  5. Sew 14-3/4" x 45-1/2" “graduation” strip to the bottom of the 4-patch row.

    Senior Year Graduation Quilt
     
  6. Sew two strip sections together to make quilt center.

    Senior Year Graduation Quilt

Border:

  1. Sew (2) 5" white strips together end to end. Sew the strip to the right side of the quilt center, trim even with the quilt top. Sew the extra to another 5” white strip. Sew to the left side of quilt center.
     
  2. Sew another (2) 5" white strips together end to end. Sew the strip to the top of the quilt center, trim even with the quilt edge. Sew the extra to the final 5" white strip. Sew to the bottom of quilt center.
     
  3. Pin around quilt 1” from border edge. Using a fabric marker, have friends and family sign border inside pinned guide.
     
  4. Remove pins. Sandwich quilt top, batting and backing. Quilt using loose, loops avoiding faces and signatures.
     
  5. Bind.
     



 


 


 

 

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This pattern is based off the Hallmark Occasions collection from FreeSpirit. To learn more about where to find this fabric, please contact them: http://freespiritfabric.com/ Thanks! Happy quilting!

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