100-Patch Quilt Tutorial

I would not consider recommending that you try to do this quilt in a single go, but, by cutting your scrap a little at a time and sewing a small amount on a regular basis, you get beautiful results!

Also, it is very economical.  The squares contain just over 5 yards of fabric. Five yards!  What a good reason to take up scrap quilting!

100-Patch Quilt

 Finished Size:  approximately 99″ x 75″


Approximately 2000 2″ squares (Don’t laugh.  You know you have that much scrap!)  This is roughly 5 yards of fabric.  I stuffed a small box with squares and it was enough. EDIT:  The exact square count is 1824, in case you are doing charms.

3 1/4 yards sashing fabric

3/4 yard binding fabric

6 yards backing fabric

quilt batting


1. Using your scrap squares, piece 12 100-patch squares.  This means it is 10 squares wide and 10 squares high.  Take your time and enjoy the process. Iron the seam allowances in opposite directions so they nest together nicely when you sew them to one another.  I made each 100 patch a charm set, meaning that there are 100 different fabrics in each one.  But, you don’t have to use that many, just try to keep the colors and prints distributed fairly evenly.

2. Add the first row of sashing around each block.  Cut 24 strips 2″x 15-1/2″ and 24 pieces 2″ x 18-1/2″  Sew them to each block attaching first the 15-inch strips and then the 18-inch strips to opposite sides.

2. Attach pieced border around each block.  Piece 24 strips 12 squares long and 24 strips 14 squares long.  Again, attach to each block, putting on the short sides and then the long sides.

3. Cut wide sashing.  You need 31 pieces 3 1/2″ x 21-1/2″  long and 20 pieces 3 1/2″ x  3 1/2″ square.

4. Arrange your blocks in a pleasing layout three blocks wide and four blocks high.

5. Sew each row together, using one of your 21-inch strips between each block.

6. Make your sashing rows by sewing  three 21-1/2 inch strips and two 3 1/2-inch squares together.  The squares are absolutely necessary to insure your quilt remains lined up and square.

7. Create the outer border by making two more sets of three strips and two squares for the top and bottom.  Make two sets of five squares and three strips for the sides.  Attach.

8. Using batting and backing, quilt and then attach binding as desired.

9. Ta-dah!  A finished quilt.

I know this is a short set of directions, but I did not take pictures for each step as I went along.  Please ask any questions that come to mind, and I will improve the directions with your suggestions.  Also, please let me know if you use this tutorial.  I love to see what you create!

*****100-Patch Gallery*****

Janell in Wisconsin made this one–4560 tiny squares!


Mary’s version


Betsy’s Version



Cyndi’s Version

Birgit’s Quilt

 Kristina’s adaptation.  I love the secondary pattern!

GardenPat’s Version from Flikr

Jenn made two smaller quilts.  This is one of them.


68 thoughts on “100-Patch Quilt Tutorial

  1. i think the directions are perfectly clear…it is a good starter and ender project…that keeps it going slow enough you don;t get tired of it and it turns out so pretty..i never thought about making mine a charm one with each piece in a square different..but i will ck that out..thanks for a very concise clear tutorial..and what a beautiful quilt..

  2. Awesome quilt! Can you check the measurements? I am getting 75×89 when I subtract seam allowances. Thanks!

  3. I am in love with this quilt! I am doing something similar. Although I am really happy with mine, I kind of wish I saw yours first….maybe once my scrap bin starts to fill I will think about it again 🙂

  4. That is amazing. How did you ever get those to line up so neat and perfectly. I am very impressed it looks so beautiful that I even pinned it to pintrest under my favorite quilts. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. It is gorgeous – thanks for sharing! Just as soon as I clear out my WIP pile, I’ll be starting one of these 🙂

    1. Mathematically it appears you are correct, so I have updated the directions. Thank you for checking.

  6. This is one of the prettiest scrap quilts I have ever seen. The white makes it look so fresh and cheerful. I’m starting one today with all of my 2″ leaders and enders that I’ve been making. Thank you for such a wonderful idea!
    Best wishes,
    Pam in Sacramento

  7. I started last night – remember I told you I’m using 1.5″ squares instead of 2″. As I look at your photo, I realize I have a lot more white in my squares, so my quilt will look a bit different. So far I have 4 100-patches sewn together, plus 4 strips of squares. Slow but steady.

    1. Did you finish your 1 and 1/2 inch quilt? I’ve been saving 1 and 1/2 inch squares, bit than I saw this one and thought maybe I should rethink my choice. If you did finish it, how was it to quilt, and how heavy was it?

  8. Your quilt is wonderful. I love your pattern and would love to make it as a charm quilt. Thank you so much for the great instructions.

  9. love, love, love this project!!! I have a whole box of 2″ squares already cut so I have a head start on this quilt. I pre-cut them as per Bonnie Hunter’s method of storing scraps. Can’t wait to get started especially since I am on a “fabric diet”. Meaning I am not allowed to buy any for a whole years. I am only into a couple of months so far. So making beautiful quilts from my stash is my goal….thanks again. Will post a photo when I get done the top….

  10. love it! now if I can just get up the gumption to start it. But then, I’m not a quilter, so that means someone will have to help me…but it’s worth a try! It might be too big of a project for my first one, though.

  11. I am really excited about this quilt. I purchased 2000 prewashed/precut squares from ebay a couple years ago for an awesome price with all the work that goes into it. I think there might be 5 of each pattern within the 2000 pieces. I cant wait to try something like this with them. Thanks for the ideas.

  12. I have scraps coming out my ears. I will love using up 5 yards of scraps, that way I can have some containers back to add more scraps I have and get them out of grocery bags, lol.

    I know this is a tutorial and I want to thank you for the hard work in setting it all down in text and pics. But I would loved to have the option to also have this tutorial in PDF format. I save this tutorials in .MHT format using Internet Explorer but when I had Chrome I couldn’t open any of my .MHT files. Lots of times when I use my PDF maker on the internet it cuts off stuff (words) on the far right of the page. But if you did it in your program I could easily save the file. Best of success in 2012. Thank you for the bits of love and dedication you give us through your site.

    Melody R.

    1. Melody, Thank you for the suggestion. PDF format is a little beyond me right now, but as a possible help I have added a print and a print friendly option to each post. Please let me know if this is closer to meeting your needs. Perhaps in the future I will be able to add PDF’s of each pattern like a real designer. Enjoy making your 100-patch quilt and, please, be sure to share the results. Let me know if there is anything else I can (try) to do for you. Deanna.

      1. Hugsss! Yes Print Friendly will allow me to make a .pdf file easily and will allow those readers who just wish to print the tutorial out to have a clean copy of your tutorial. Thank you so much for caring to accomodate me/us. Thank you sooooo much for taking the time to do all the hardwork of making this tutorial for us and adding another free quilt for our pleasure. I just found your site last night and I’ll definite start coming by to visit your site. 🙂

  13. This quilt is amazing! I was so enthralled with it that I began cutting
    2 in squares last might using fat quarters I picked up during a sale
    But had no plans for..,
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. This is an amazing quilt! I will definitely be making one of these to match the new color scheme in our bedroom. I don’t have any scraps, so I will be shopping for the perfect colors to go in our bedroom. Thanks for the tutorial!

  15. I loved making these blocks. I also joined a 2″ charm swap and gathered scraps from many other ladies around the US and two foreign countries. This quilt is made for my Grandfather who will turn 90 in August.

  16. Hi, I’m going to start this one tomorrow, but haven’t found the “print” or “printer-friendly” options you mention above. I’m using Chrome, is that the issue?

  17. WOW! I have been cutting my scraps from other quilts into 1-1/2″ squares and storing them in a box. I thinkg I just found the inspiration to use them!!

  18. Can you clarify the directions a bit, specifically adding more detail to steps # 6 and 7? I’m having some trouble visualizing them.

    1. I am sorry you are struggling with the directions on this quilt.� I should have added more pictures at those steps and, unfortunately, I am not making one right now so I don’t have the materials to improve the situation.� � Have you looked at the final picture for help? � In the meantime, let me see if I can help.� � � In step 5 you join three of the large 100 patch blocks with sashing in between to make a sort of row.� � In step 6 you are creating long white strips (sashing) that will go between those rows. The reason the sashing is made of smaller pieces is to keep the blocks lined up with one another and create the strong geometric shapes that make this quilt work.� Now that I re-read this tutorial I see that I never say to sew all the rows, blocks and sashing, together.� Whoops!� Glad you caught that. � In step 7 you will add the outer row of white all the way around the quilt.� Again, there are many small pieces in the sashing to keep the quilt squared up. � Does this help?� I can see that I need to rework these directions at some point in the future.� Great!� Just the excuse I needed to make another 100-patch beauty. � Deanna weddingdressblue.wordpress.com

  19. Love the idea of using 2″ squares as I absolutely hate wasting fabric. But I couldn’t find the print friendly button either.

    1. The print friendly button is located at the end of the tutorial before the comments section. If you are still having trouble with it, please let me know and I can e-mail you a copy. Thanks for stopping by.

  20. Do you have an estimate of finished size for this one? or, can you translate the amount of fabric for backing into the amount needed if the fabric is extra wide? Thanks!

  21. I’ve got 3 squares done and several more in process. It’s so easy to pick up where I left off and the end result will be sooooooo scrappy and wonderful! Thanks for a great project!

  22. Deanna,
    Thank you for this tutorial. I’m a newbie to quilting, so I made a 36″ tummy time mat for a new baby using just one of the repeats. I can’t wait to present it!

  23. As soon as I finish the raggy jean/goat picture quilt I am working on, I am going to start a 100 square quilt – maybe can get a square or 2 done before gardening season starts! 21* below zero today so it is definitely a sewing day!

  24. i don’t quilt but I do crochet squares and this looks like a perfect one for a scrap corner to corner OR Amish crochet squares ! I’ll see what I can come up over this winter 😀

  25. My dear husband of 42 years passed away on Dec. 9th. After finding this quilt pattern, I have decided to cut squares from his shirts and make this. At night it will be a warm hug. Could you also mail me a copy of the instructions. I can’t print from an iPad.

  26. I started making 2-patch leaders and enders in July and ended up with this quilt top yesterday. Love it! Thanks so much for your tutorial. I decided to make two smaller quilts instead of 1 large one. I have the other 6 100-patch blocks done already.

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