Rocking Novelty Quilts

What’s a Rocking Novelty quilt you ask? Well, the sashing around the block “rocks”and the block is a novelty print cut to showcase the image on the fabric.

I first got the idea for doing this from Sharyn Squier Craig’s book Twist and Turn. In this little book, she shows you several ways to create “rocking” sashing for your blocks. For most of her quilts, the blocks are all the same size, and then she adds the sashing.

Twist'n Turn by Sharyn Squier Craig

Twist’n Turn by Sharyn Squier Craig

Her samples look a lot like this quilt which I made out of Block of the Month blocks from the Calico Whale. I challenged myself to finish the twelve blocks and then use the scraps left over to create eight more blocks. Other Block of the Month participants gave me their scraps, and I was able to do it! Some blocks are smaller. For those blocks, I added larger sashing, so that they all ended up the same size. Then, I pieced them together in a traditional grid format.

This quilt measures 60" by 75". There is actually one more row to the quilt, that you can't see. Using this type of sashing is a great way to make a bigger quilt top, and also make that quilt top look fun.

This quilt measures 60″ by 75″. There is actually one more row to the quilt, that you can’t see. Using this type of sashing is a great way to make a bigger quilt top, and also make that quilt top look fun.

You can see that the upper left block is smaller, but I just added a larger sashing to make it 15" by 15".

You can see that the upper left corner block is smaller, but I just added a larger sashing to make it 15″ by 15″.

This is one of the blocks I added. One way to make a small block bigger is to use it as the center block for a star.

This is one of the blocks I added. One way to make a small block bigger is to use it as the center block for a star.

I made this Rocking Novelty quilt for our oldest son, Fletcher, when he was just a wee tike. Call me strange, but I love a good novelty print. And to justify buying them, I make these quilts. A good novelty print, in my mind, is one you can cut up and still have white space around it.

This is one of the first quilts I ever completed. I see now that my use of color and print has dramatically improved!

This is one of the first quilts I ever completed. I see now that my use of color and print has dramatically improved!

I am including this close-up so everyone can see exactly what my quilting looked like when I started. It looks like every other beginners work.

I am including this close-up so everyone can see exactly what my quilting looked like when I started. It looks like every other beginner’s work.

Here is the pieced back of Fletcher's quilt. I like it as much as the front.

Here is the pieced back of Fletcher’s quilt. I like it.

How do you make a Rocking Novelty Quilt? It is very simple. There are three basic steps. First, you must rock the block.

This one hangs at the Quilt Zone as a class sample. Yes, I do teach this class on a regular basis, and I would love for you to take it. For the class sample, I decided to use one contemporary print–in this case a Dr. Seuss fabric. If you don’t have a monster stash of novelty prints you can buy a panel of something you like.

I have always wanted to do one of these quilts where you showcase a collection of novelty prints--say teapots, or flowers, or things with wheels, you get idea.

I have always wanted to do one of these quilts where you showcase a collection of novelty prints–say teapots, or flowers, or things with wheels, you get idea.

Next, you must fill in the spaces between the rocked blocks.

And finally,  you must build the sections that become the quilt.

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If you have any questions, please let me know. And if you make a Rocking Novelty quilt, I would love to see it.

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3 thoughts on “Rocking Novelty Quilts

  1. Meg on said:

    I too love novelty prints, I’m mad for them. And I love this! I’ve gone a bit I spy mad lately for my nieces and nephews- with a basket weave and a disappearing nine patch done (well, the tops are finished). And this is exactly the inspiration I needed for the next one. Thank you. Such an easy tutorial to follow. Can’t wait to start it!

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  2. The border must have made you jump up and down. It did me. Completes the whole thing and makes for closure…..

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