It feels like it has been forever since I have made a quilt. But it is just like riding a bike and I jumped back on this month and made this super adorable shark quilt for Alicia’s little boy. We are going to do his whole room sharks now. Like how I say “we” and it is not my kid or house. Lol.I am super excited to share the tutorial on how I made this Shark Attack quilt. I used the Sharktown collection from Riley Blake. I love the colors of this collection. These pics don’t do it justice at all. This quilt is pretty easy to make. I hope you enjoy it!To make this quilt you will need: (finished size 60″ x 72″)
1/2 yards of back ground fabric and sashing (I used cloud white)
1/3 yard of 6 prints
1/2 yard inner border
1 1/4 yard border
5/8 yard binding
4 yards backing ( I used Nighttime blue)
You will also need a rotary cutter, mat, sewing machine with 1/4″ foot, ruler and an iron.
**All seams are 1/4″ unless otherwise stated
Time to cut into your gorgeous stack of fabrics. 1st from the prints you will cut (from each print) 3 squares 6.5″ by 6.5″ and 12 squares at 5″by 5″. From your sashing/background fabric you will need to cut 18 pieces at 3.5″x 8.5″,18 strips at 3.5″x4.5″, 72 squares at 5″x5″, 12 strips 1.5″x 9.5″, 5 strips 47.5″x1.5″ and 5 strips at 1.5″ x WOF. From your border fabric cut 8 strips 4.5″x WOF and from inner border cut 8 strips 2″xWOF.
On the wrong side of you 5″x5″ background (white) squares draw a line from corner to corner. Use a ruler to help keep this line as straight as possible.Layer a white 5″x5″ with a print 5″x5″ wrong sides to together. Sew a line a quarter-inch away from the line you drew on both sides. Repeat with all your 5″x5″ squares.Cut your squares down the middle using the line you drew as a guide. You should have a half square triangle when you do this.Trim your squares to 3.5″x3.5″ and press flat.Take one half square triangle and sew it to a background strip that is 3.5″x8.5″ press flat.Using the same unit from above sew a back ground strip that is 3.5″x4.5″ the other side of your half square triangle. You will make 18 of these units. 3 from each print. This is your fin strip.
Sew the rest of your half square triangles together with the prints touching. You will have 9 from each print for a total of 54 units.Sew one set of triangles to the your print square that is 6.5″x6.5″. You will make 3 from each print and a total of 18. Then sew one half square triangle set to another set with the print points touching. You will make 3 from each print and a total of 18. You will have triangles left over.
Sew these 2 units together to make the body of the shark or your body unit.
Attach the fin strip to the top of the body unit. Press flat.
Lay your blocks out how you want them and sew a 9.5″x1.5″ sashing strip in the middle of the sharks. When you have your six rows done you will sew them together with your 47.5″ x 1.5″ strips. (sew strips togheter and cut them to this length) Add the sashing around all sides of the quilt; press flat. Then add your borders. Sew you inner and outer border strips together, short end to short end. Press. Add your inner border sides first. Press. Then sew on the top and bottom. Press. Repeat this with the outer border.
Quilt, bind and enjoy!!!
This is such a fun summer quilt. Perfect for a boys room or a trip to the beach.