2015 Block of the Month Quilt by Nancy ZiemanTwelve short months ago we jumped on this adventure together to make a block of the month quilt. Little did you know it was a mystery quilt and block of the month as each new block was revealed on the third Saturday of each month. I’m grateful to have you on the adventure with me. If you are just starting the journey on your own or with your quilting friends, find each block here:

My staff and I created two blocks each month, a total of 24 blocks for my finished quilt. Here’s how to assemble and finish the quilt.


  • 1-1/2 yards fabric for sashing (black)
  • 1/3 yards fabric for cornerstones (white print)
  • 2 yards fabric for outer border and binding (chartreuse)

Arrange the Quilt

  • Use a design wall, floor, or large work table to arrange the quilt blocks. With 24 blocks, I chose a four by six grid.

  • Move the blocks around so lighter and darker blocks do not clump on one side of the quilt. The block placement will vary based on your fabric choices.

Cut the Sashing Pieces and Assemble the Quilt

Note: All seams are 1/4″.

  • Cut 12-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ sashing strips. Stitch to the right side of every block.

  • Stitch a sashing strip to the left side of the blocks in column one.

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  • Cut a 12-1/2″ crosswise strip of sashing fabric and a 2-1/2″ crosswise strip of the cornerstone fabric. Stitch strips together to create a strata. Label as strata one.

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  • Cut another 12-1/2″ crosswise strip of sashing fabric and two 2-1/2″ crosswise strips for cornerstones. Stitch strips to create a second strata as pictured. Label as strata two.

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  • Subcut stratas: Cut twenty-one 2-1/2″ sections from strata one and seven 2-1/2″ sections from strata two. Pictured below are the sections required for each sashing row.
Note from Nancy
You will have left over fabric in strata two after cutting the seven sections, but not enough fabric in strata one to cut all the 21 strips. Here’s a quick solution: Remove one of the cornerstone sashing strips from strata two after cutting the seven sections; then cut the remaining sections needed for strata one. 
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  • Stitch the sections together. Create seven strata rows.

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  • Stitch sashing rows to quilt block rows along the top edge. For the lower row, add a second sashing row to the lower edge.
  • Press seam allowances toward the sashing strips.

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Add the Border and Binding

  • Cut eight 5-1/2″ crosswise strips for the border.
  • Stitch the border pieces together end to end, and apply to the quilt using your favorite border technique.
  • Cut eight 2-1/2″ crosswise strips for the binding. Again, use your favorite binding technique.

Basic Quilt-Making Reference

To finish this quilt completely, see the detailed instructions in my book Fearless Quilting Finishes. I cover layering the backing, batting, and quilt top; the basics of machine quilting; and the absolute easiest way to apply the binding. See the demonstrations in the Fearless Quilting Finishes three-part series on Sewing With Nancy.

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The Finished 2015 Adventure Quilt!

Watch Fearless Quilting Finishes (Part One, Part Two, and Part Three) on Sewing With Nancy online.

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Coming Soon—2016 Block of the Month Quilt

I don’t have to tell you how much fun we had creating this year’s Adventure Quilt. I’m putting together something very special for 2016. The event will kick off on the third Saturday in January. Here’s a sneak peek.

Please send me photos of your quilts made from my 2015 Adventure Quilt Block of the Month! Share on Facebook, plus a host of other social media channels. Connect With Nancy today!

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