Mmmwhaah!, quilting, Sewing

Mmmwhaah! Quilt Project Part 1 – Cutting!

(Photo credit: Manue@PrettyKiku)

Hi Readers, Friends and Followers!

Are you ready to start following my Mmmwhaah! Quilt journey?

I’ll be blogging this project from beginning to end, from design to final binding stitch.  Feel free to make your own version if you want!

(Update: To see the posts scroll to the bottom of this page and click the links!)

The finished size of this quilt is 47″ x 47″.

Let’s start the cutting!  But first, let’s look at the fundamental building block for this quilt.  This main block is a square block that has a triangle in two corners.  You can see how 4 of these blocks are rotated to create an O in the picture below…DSCF4988There are 4 O’s and 9 X’s in this quilt all set On-Point…Mmmwhaah

A.)  To make the X and O building blocks cut from an assortment of orange fabrics (104)  3″squares.  I like to cut a few extra to give me options, especially if I’m using several different fabrics.  I don’t necessarily like to have like fabrics butted up against each other.

The ruler below is an Omnigrid ruler that shows the finished size once sewn with a 1/4″ seam allowance (the cut square measures 3″ x 3″)…DSCF4841

B.) From an assortment of yellow and pink fabrics cut  4-1/2″ squares.  You’ll need 16 yellows and 36 pinks.  You’ll also need 8 additional yellow for the on-point setting squares, so go ahead and cut extras at this time.

The ruler I’m using for these 4-1/2″ squares is from The Bungalow Quilting & Yarn shop.  The finished size of the square will be 4″ (I know, different quilt companies mark their rulers differently, one will say the size of the finished sewn square and the other the size of the cut square, so it can get a little confusing when grabbing a template!  Just know that the finished size once sewn into this quilt will be 4″).  As a side note, Omnigrid also makes this same square template which happens to come in the same set as the 2-1/2″ square above.  It just so happened I grabbed Bungalow’s…


You can certainly cut these squares using different rulers than mine, whatever works for you, I just happen to like being able to rotary cut around all 4 sides to the exact shape I want.

C.) Cut (4) 2″ squares in orange.  These will be corner stone blocks in the borders.


D.) Cut the side setting triangles…  To do this, first cut a (6-7/8″) square.



Then sub-cut the square diagonal from corner to corner, first from left to right, then from right to left…DSCF4887

You will need 16 side setting triangles.  I cut out several more than needed to mix up my colors.

E.) Next are the Corner Setting Triangles.  You’ll need (4) corner setting triangles.  To make them cut (2) 6-5/8″ squares and then sub-cut in half from one corner to the opposite corner…DSCF4904DSCF4906

F.) Border strips.
Inner Border: Cut (2) 38-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ pink
Cut (2)   34 1/2″ x 2-1/2″ pink

Outer Border: Cut (5) 3″ x 44″(full width of fabric) strips from yellow.

G.) Binding.  Cut (5) 2-1/2″ x 44″ (full width of fabric) strips from color of your choosing.  These will be pieced together to make the 4 sides of the outer binding.

H.) Backing. Piece a backing from leftover blocks and/or 3 yards of fabric.

Ta Da!  Cutting is finished!

Stay tuned for Part 2 — Sewing the X and O blocks!

Happy Quilting, Happy Sewing!




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