Quilt this colorful and easy deign for a child’s crib or bed.
- Printable pattern & project layout (Below)
- 44-inch-wide 100% cotton fabrics—1/4 yard each of four different colorful prints for the worms (Leona used animal, fish, kite and butterfly prints), 1/4 yard each of four different coordinating prints for the worms (Leona used red, yellow, pink and green prints), 1/4 yard of black print for corner triangles, 1/4 yard of blue plaid for inner border, 1-1/2 yard of yellow print for outer border and binding, and 1-1/2 yards of coordinating print for backing
- All-purpose thread to match fabrics
- 44-inch x 52-inch piece of lightweight quilt batting
- Pattern at bottom
- Tracing paper and pencil
- Quilter’s ruler
- Quilter’s marking pen or pencil
- Rotary cutter and mat
- Standard sewing supplies
- Print Wiggly Worms Quilt Project Pattern & Wiggly Worms Quilt Project Layout
- Pre-wash fabrics, washing each color separately. If rinse water is discolored, wash again until rinse water runs clear. Dry and press fabrics.
- Use an accurate 1/4-inch seam allowance for all piecing.
- Press seams toward darker fabric whenever possible.
- The number of blocks needed for each worm depends on layout: Worm 1 (fish print) requires 8 blocks, Worm 2 (kite print) requires 9 blocks, Worm 3 (butterfly print) requires 10 blocks, and Worm 4 (animal print) requires 8 blocks, for a total of 35 blocks.
For each block Cut:
- One 4-1/2-inch square for worm center (A).
- One 2-1/2-inch x 4-1/2-inch rectangle for worm border (B).
- One 2-1/2-inch x 6-1/2-inch rectangle for worm border (C).
- One 2-1/2-inch square for corner triangles (D).
For each worm face Cut:
- One 4-inch x 7-inch rectangle from each worm border fabric (B/C).
For Worm 1 Cut:
- Eight 4-1/2-inch fish print squares (A)
- Eight 2-1/2-inch x 4-1/2-inch red print rectangles (B)
- Eight 2-1/2-inch x 6-1/2-inch red print rectangles (C)
- Eight 2-1/2-inch black print squares (D).
For Worm 2 Cut:
- Nine 4-1/2-inch kite print squares (A)
- Nine 2-1/2-inch x 4-1/2-inch yellow print rectangles (B)
- Nine 2-1/2-inch x 6-1/2-inch yellow print rectangles (C)
- Nine 2-1/2-inch black print squares (D).
For Worm 3 Cut:
- Ten 4-1/2-inch butterfly print squares (A)
- Ten 2-1/2-inch x 4-1/2-inch pink print rectangles (B)
- Ten 2-1/2-inch x 6-1/2-inch pink print rectangles (C)
- Ten 2-1/2-inch black print squares (D).
For Worm 4 Cut:
- Eight 4-1/2-inch animal print squares (A)
- Eight 2-1/2-inch x 4-1/2-inch green plaid rectangles (B)
- Eight 2-1/2-inch x 6-1/2-inch green plaid rectangles (C)
- Eight 2-1/2-inch black print squares (D).
- From backing fabric, cut one 44-inch x 52-inch piece for backing.
PIECING (for each block):
- Sew A to B. Press seam toward B. See Fig. 1.
- Sew C to AB. Press seam toward C. See Fig. 2.
- Place D on lower right corner of pieced block with right sides facing. See Fig. 3.
- Draw a diagonal line and sew on line as shown in Fig. 3.
- Open and press triangle toward corner of block as shown in Fig. 4.
- Trim excess fabric under triangle to 1/4 inch.
- After all blocks are pieced, trim each to 6-1/2-inch x 6-1/2-inch square.
- Referring to layout diagram at right, lay out pieced blocks in five rows with seven blocks in each, rotating the blocks as shown to create diagonal worms.
- Sew the blocks together in each row. Press seam allowances in each row in opposite directions.
- Sew rows together as planned. Press seam allowances in each row in opposite directions.
- Trace face pattern below onto tracing paper with pencil.
- Cut out a face from each of the four 4-inch x 7-inch rectangles of worm border fabrics.
- Use black permanent marker to draw eyes and mouth on each of the four faces.
- With right sides facing and straight edges matching, pin each worm face to a matching worm as shown in layout diagram.
- Sew each worm face in place with a scant 1/4-inch seam.
- Pin each worm face to quilt center to hold.
- From the blue plaid, cut five 1-1/2-inch-wide crosswise strips.
- From strips, cut two 36-inch-long strips and piece remaining strips together to make two 47-inch-long strips.
- From yellow print, cut two 4-inch x 47-inch strips and two 4-inch x 36-inch strips.
- Sew a matching inner border and outer border together, creating two 36-inch-long pieced border strips and two 47-inch-long pieced border strips. Press seams toward outer borders.
- With pieced borders right side up and narrow strips at the top, trim left edges to square ends.
- Use partial seam method to attach borders to quilt center.
- With narrow border facing quilt center and left end matching, pin bottom border in place.
- Begin sewing several inches away from right end and sew to left end with a 1/4-inch seam.
- Open border and press sewn border and worm face seam allowance toward border.
- With narrow border facing quilt center, sew one longer pieced border to entire left side of quilt. Press as before.
- Continue sewing borders to top and right side of quilt in the same way.
- After adding the right side border, sew the remainder of the bottom right edge of border to quilt center.
- Remove pins from worm faces and press them toward the borders.
- Using matching thread and the needle turn method, applique the curved edge of each face to the inner and outer borders.
- Trim away border fabric from under each face.
- Place backing fabric wrong side up on a flat surface, center batting on backing and center quilt top, right side up, on top of batting.
- Smooth out all wrinkles and baste layers together as needed to hold.
- Quilt as desired. (Leona stitched in the ditch of the quilt block seams, and stitched a wavy line down the center of each worm and each outside border piece.)
- Cut five 2-1/4-inch-wide crosswise strips of yellow print for binding.
- Sew short ends of binding strips together diagonally to make one long strip. Trim and press seams open.
- Press one short end diagonally 1/4 inch to wrong side. Press strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides facing.
- Sew binding strip to right side of pieced top with edges matching and a 1/4-inch seam, mitering corners.
- Fold binding to back, encasing raw edges, and hand-sew fold of binding to back of quilt.
Finished Size: Quilt measures about 42-1/2 inches across x 50-1/2 inches long.
Craft originally sent in by Leona Kocher of Oblong, IL