This instructable assumes some basic sewing knowledge, but is otherwise a fairly easy quilt to make - final dimensions are ~52 x 52 inches. The pattern is based on a 9 square scrap quilt and in true scrap quilt tradition, I made mine with fabric that I had on hand. Otherwise, you'll need some fabric – cotton works well for quilting, cotton or muslin for the backing and felt for the game pieces. I’ve based my yardages on a 44inch fabric, but experience has taught me a little extra never hurts. You will probably not need to full quarter yards listed, but that is the smallest amount I am able to buy.
Light brown (2 yards)
Light blue or green (.25 yards)
Light pink (.25 yards)
Dark blue (.25 yards)
Dark red (.25 yards)
Fabric for backing (2.5 yards)
Felt or other for game tiles (0.6 yards)
Rotary cutter and mat*
Scissors, seam ripper
Sewing machine (with walking foot*, if available)
Quilt binding (2 packs of extra wide, double fold bias tape)
*Optional, but will make the project a little easier.
Step 1: Cut Fabric Into Squares
24 light blue
& 8 red squares
If you need to use different fabrics (I used 2 different browns) - that's fine. The quilt is symmetric, so the blocks can be incorporated as part of the pattern (take a minute to plan where you'll want to lay these out according to the template in step 2)
Step 2: Begin to Sew!
Beginning at the top of each block, sew the first two squares together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. For block 1, this is red to brown or brown to brown (I'm showing brown to brown in photo 2 and 3). Attach a red block to the two brown blocks. You now have row 1 of block 1. Repeat 4 times.
Combine a brown with pink (make 8). Take 4 of these duos and sew another brown to the pink (pink is now in the middle). Take the remaining 4 pieces and sew a brown to a brown (pink is on the end). You are now ready to make the block!
Take 1 of each of the trios you just made and line them up according to the template. Sew row 1 to row 2 and row 2 to row three.
Repeat these steps for blocks to make 3, 4, 5 and the center.
Step 3: Blocks 2a and 2b - a Word of Caution
Lay the first row face up on your work surface. Lay row two down on top (photo 2). If I were to sew on the right side of both rows, I'd end up with the same block. Instead, I flip over the second set to get the mirror image (photo3). Now, sew on the right on both pairs of rows. When you open up the material, the two sections should be images of each other. Repeat for the third row. Remember, you'll need 4 of each block.
Step 4: Lay Out Pattern, Then Sew!
Sew blocks in rows according to template in step 2, trying to line up seams.
1 + 2a + 3 + 2b +1
2b + 4 +5+ 4 +2a, etc.
Sew all five rows together. Be careful and check that you don't swap rows 1&5 or 2&4. Laying the rows out again will prevent heartache down the road.
Press quilt top.
Step 5: Quilt!
One the quilt sandwich is together, begin to quilt. Attach your walking foot to the sewing machine (a walking foot helps feed the fabric through in combination with the feed dog). Work your way from the center out. For this quilt, I opted to stitch in the ditch (i.e. along an existing seam) every three blocks, so I had 4 lines of stitching down the quilt and 4 lines of stitching across.
Trim excess batting and backing, flush with the front of the quilt. Bind the quilt using double fold, extra wide bias tape, placing the slightly wider side on the back to ensure you catch both sides of the bias tape. Tuck raw edges of bias tape under and sew.
Some alternatives at this step are:
Tie the quilt
Quilt more extensively (i.e. between each small square)
Use a a contrasting thread to really outline the different blocks.
Step 6: Done....almost. Create Letter Tiles.
2 blank tiles (scoring 0 points)
* 1 point: E ×12, A ×9, I ×9, O ×8, N ×6, R ×6, T ×6, L ×4, S ×4, U ×4
* 2 points: D ×4, G ×3
* 3 points: B ×2, C ×2, M ×2, P ×2
* 4 points: F ×2, H ×2, V ×2, W ×2, Y ×2
* 5 points: K ×1
* 8 points: J ×1, X ×1
* 10 points: Q ×1, Z ×1
Squeeze out the fabric paint in the shape of the letter in the center of the square and the point value in the bottom right hand corner (check to make sure your felt/paint combination can't be seen through the back side of the tile!). Use a paint brush if needed to spread out the paint. Stencils are a good idea if you want reproducible letters each time. Let dry.
WIkipedia has great directions, but as a reminder, red tiles 3x word, pink is 2x word. Light blue (or green) is 2x letter and dark blue is 3x letter. Alternatively, you can use your fabric paint or stitching to mark the boxes. Now, all you need is a cold day and some one to play against!