Urban Sprawl Quilt with Art Gallery Fabrics

EEK!! Today I’m over at the Art Gallery Fabrics Blog sharing my Stackable, Squishable Fabric Blocks tutorial (if you ever want to make fabric blocks, these ones are the best, y’all – they are both squishable and stackable which is kinda a miracle in fabric construction).

AND – I’m giving away a Fat Quarter Bundle of the fabrics I used for those blocks – get the details at the bottom of this post!!

I’m super excited to be sharing on the AGF blog, but also wanted to share something fun for y’all here, so I’m sharing my Urban Sprawl quilt that I made with the yummy Urban Mod Fat Quarters that AGF sent me.

Yup – here is what they sent… the full line of Urban Mod. I just knew I wanted to make a quilt top out of these… a quilt top that would truly do these modern fabrics justice. So I came up with Urban Sprawl. It has a modern look, and some modern cutting techniques, but is really quick and easy to put together (I promise)!

I started by pressing all of my fat quarters, stacking them up, and then cutting them:

a: 2″ x 20ish (length of the FQ)
b: 11.5″ x 11.5″
c: 11.5″ x 2″
d: 11.5″ x 2″
e: extra fabic – use for scrappy binding/backing if desired

Fabric B is for my blocks, A and C is for my modern sashing, and D is really extra (some of the FQs aren’t quite big enough to get a D out of them), I wanted it for my backing, which you’ll see at the end.

I then cut my block (B) pieces into 3.

I stacked 5 fabrics, then cut at an angle across. You can cut at whatever angle you like, but cut at least 1.5″ away from the corners, just to reduce bulk at the corners in your finished block. Move the smaller piece to the side, then cut the larger piece into 2, again at an angle and at least 1.5″ away from the corner.

Here is another set that I cut:

Keep your sets together!

Take your fabric to your sewing machine. Lay out one set. Of the 3 pieces for the block, pick one section. Move the top fabric to the bottom. Then for the second section, move the top 2 fabrics to the bottom.

You should now have 3 sections, each with a different fabric on top.

Stitch the two smaller pieces together. Press the seam open. Then stitch the larger piece on the side. Press open.

Repeat with all blocks.

Square up blocks to 10.5″.

Here comes the fun part: adding the sashing!

Add one of the small sashing pieces (C) to each block. One piece, and it doesn’t matter what side of the block you add it to. Just sew, sew, sew! The sashing piece will be longer than the block. That’s ok.

Press the seam, and then trim the sashing piece flush with the block.

Sew your blocks into rows of 4. All the sashings should be parallel, but you can have fun with the placement. The rows should not be block – sashing – block – sashing – block – sashing – block – sashing. Instead, try block – sashing – block – sashing – sashing – block – block – sashing. Go for variety in each row.

Stitch your A pieces into long strips of 3, by sewing 3 pieces end-to-end. This will be your horizontal sashing.

Add a horizontal sashing piece to the top or bottom of each row. Press, and trim the sashing piece to the size of the row.

Stitch your sashed rows together to form the quilt top. Again, you don’t have to have a perfect alternation of sashing and blocks. Have fun with the placement!

Once you’re done with the top, it is time to work on the backing. I used the D strips, plus some more 2″ strips I cut from E to make a stacked coin column to piece into my backing. This quilt is just barely wider than traditional quilting cotton, so it was the perfect way to stretch the use of my fabric, and add a fun element to the quilt back as well.

Now all that is left is to quilt it! I’m thinking of doing an echo of the pieces in the blocks… what do you think? How would you quilt it?

Be sure to check out my Stackable Squishable Fabric Blocks on the AGF Blog – and if you love quilts, you can check out some of the other quilts I’ve done!

Want to win an awesome bundle of AGF? To be eligible to win you must do three things:
1. Follow AGF on your favorite social media platformeither PinterestFacebook, Twitter and Subscribe to the AGF blog to stay up to date on all things AGF & the Fat Quarter Gang!
2. Follow me on Pinterest, Facebook, or Twitter
3. Leave me a comment below (maybe tell me how you’d quilt Urban Sprawl?)! Make sure to give me your e-mail address…

I’ll be picking a winner on June 3rd!




  2. I follow their blog and like you on Facebook!

  3. I follow AGF on all possible ways and I am now following you on Twitter. Thansk for sharing your great projects. I have barely ventured beyond straight-line quilting, so I would probably just do some in that method in geometric shapes. Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Love this fabric collection! I think your quilt would look good quilted in wonky cross hatches, like the criss cross of the pieced blocks

  5. I’d probably quilt it with curves to contrast with the linear design of the quilt. Love the fabric

  6. I would quilt this with organic wavy straight-ish lines. I follow you on Pintewrest & AGF on Pinterest as well. Love these fabrics!

  7. I follow you and them! If this was my quilt, I would be choosing between wavy lines to contrast the sharp angles of the piecing, or do the opposite and do echoing triangles to accent the sharp angles!

  8. I love the idea of curvy lines! Love the fabric! Can’t wait to see the finished quilting!

  9. I follow AGF and now I follow you on Twitter. Thanks for a fun project and the giveaway. I would do some curvy quilting.

  10. I follow AGF on FB (Deborah Gunthorpe) and subscribe to their blog by email. I follow you on Pinterest (debsgun). Your quilt is wonderful – if it was mine I would hand quilt it – outlining all the little blocks just inside each one.

  11. Love the baby blocks, such gorgeous fabrics. Amazing quilt top too.
    I’m an AGF follower

  12. I follow AGF thru email and FB. Your blocks are too cute. Thanks.

  13. I’m following you on FB

  14. I’m expecting so I’m excited to try your tutorial for these blocks! As for quilting…I would do a random non-symmetrical zigzag or just random straight lines that cross each other. I follow AGF and you.

  15. I follow AGF, I follow you on Twitter (I am @amycansew) and I would do a continuous circle round and round starting from the centre to quilt it.



  17. Love your Urban Sprawl! I think long, wavy lines would look good for quilting – keep it nice and soft 🙂
    I’ll be trying your blocks next time there’s a new baby around. I adore the Modernology line and have used all that I had – thanks for the chance to win some!
    Now following you on facebook and follow AGF everywhere possible 🙂

  18. Hey, Congrats on being featured on AGF’s site! How exciting! I follow you on Pinterest. I follow AGf practically everywhere.

  19. I follow AGF and you on Facebook.

  20. I follow AGF and you on Facebook.

  21. I follow AGF and you on Pinterest, and I get AGF’s blog on bloglovin’. I don’t have a FMQ foot, so it would be straight stitching for me, probably some echoing. grecomara at gmail dot com

  22. I follow AGF on pinterest, subscribe to the AGF blog via email, and liked AGF on FB. alternate email mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com
    I just used echo quilting on a table runner, and think that would look good on your quilt too. I don’t know how to FMQ so used my walking foot with the guides to keep my spacing between the echo lines nice and uniform. It turned out just fine.

  23. I liked your FB page, and follow via bloglovin too. Thanks for the giveaway. mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com

  24. I follow AGF on Pinterest, subscribe to AGF’s blog via email, and liked AGF on FB. I liked your FB page as well. Since I don’t FMQ, I would do echo quilting using my walking foot with the guides to keep the echos evenly spaced. As just did a table runner this way, know that echoing can work well. mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com

  25. Following AGF and you on FB and you on Twitter/Pinterest. I have some black, yellow and red fabric that would make a great quilt with this method.

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