Twirling at the Disco Quilt

It was probably about 20 years ago when I used to dance and twirl at the disco. Now, I make quilts with this title. How life changes, right?


Twirling at the Disco Quilt



Do you remember all of those 2.5" squares I started cutting up and collecting at the start of the month? This was to be my 'leader and ender' project for 2020, but I've gone ahead and made up 4 of the quilt blocks to get a little bit of an idea of how it will come together and what it will eventually look like. 

I have to say this... it's going to be SCRAPTASTIC!




The block finishes up at 16" square and is quite simple to make. If you'd like to join me (and I would love it if you did), begin by sewing your 2.5" scrappy squares into a 16 patch block (4 x 4 configuration). 

For every 16 patch block, you will also need a 4 patch block (2 x 2 configuration). 

The finished 16" block is made up with 2 x 16 patch blocks and 2 x 4 patch blocks. You will also need to add some white/low volume yardage, but I'll share all of those measurements when I sit down to write out the pattern. My kids are both back at school today after a long summer break, so I will finally (hopefully) find more time during the day to concentrate on pattern writing over the coming weeks.

At this stage, if you'd like to 'Twirl at the Disco' with me, all you need to do is continue sewing up your 2.5" squares as leaders and enders.

This configuration will eventually make a 96" square quilt which will be perfect for snuggling up in bed. 


Twirling at the Disco 96" - Pattern by Anorina Morris 

There is also a smaller 64" square quilt option (by making less blocks). Still a decent size and great for anyone who doesn't have as many scraps, or who doesn't want to commit to a big quilt.


Twirling at the Disco 64" - Pattern by Anorina Morris 



NB: I had a comment asking for me to explain Leaders and Enders. This link to the blog Quilts by Jen, describes it perfectly.



Linking up with:
Finish or No Finish Friday hosted by Alycia Quilts
Peacock Party hosted by Wendys Quilts and More
Can I get a Whoop Whoop hosted by Confessions of a Fabric Addict

28 comments

  1. This looks like a great pattern, I'm tempted to make a start! Perfect for using up all those precious scrappy bits of fabric! And thaks for sharing the details too.

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    1. I would certainly love it if you joined me in making this quilt. It's sure to make a dent in the scrap bin.

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  2. That's a great use of scraps and could get some quilts made easy

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    1. Other than trimming the 2.5" squares from scraps (which did take me a little while), the blocks come together very quickly.

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  3. Great way to use your bright scraps...

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  4. I really love this. I have been saving 2.5 inch squares for a few years. I was going to make a postage stamp style quilt, but I like this idea way better. Thanks for your constant inspiration!

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    1. I'm so pleased to read this Gina. I'd love to see your Twirling at the Disco quilt come together too. Cutting out the 2.5" squares took the longest time for me, but you've already got yours ready to go which is excellent.

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  5. That is a fantastic quilt - and I have a hug pile of 2.5 inch squares.... hmmmmm

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  6. You are on fire.
    And.... inspiring
    I love that and this, and you

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    1. Awww thanks so much Rosemary.
      This is meant to be a year long project, but I am so looking forward to seeing how it will look that I just want to sew, sew, sew.

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  7. Fantabulous! I need to cut up some more 2.5” squares from a pile of scraps. This design will use up a lot!

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    1. Yes I worked out the big quilt will use up 1440 x 2.5" squares. That'll really get through some scraps.

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  8. Would you explain what you mean by 'leader and ender' project, please?

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    1. Here's a great explanation of leaders and enders: https://quiltsbyjen.ca/what-are-leaders-and-enders/

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  9. A great quilt to use up all these scraps I'm accumulating, I will definitely join you on this quilt!!

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  10. Gorgeous, scrappy is always beautiful!

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  11. Love the scrappy block design and quilts. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. This is my kind of disco! It's going to be so amazing when it's finished. And yes...it'll be scraptastic indeed!

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  13. That is a wonderful scrappy quilt! I might just have to sew along!

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  14. I LOVE leader and ender sewing. Your quilt is going to be fabulous.
    Didn't go to discos in my day, but I can remember rocking and rolling the night away!

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  15. This is going be beautiful. I struggle with scrap quilts because I still like to exert control - I know I need to relax more and just let the fabrics flow. Thank you for linking up to the Peacock Party.

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  16. I LOVE your QUILT! Double checking myself - am I correct to say that if I were to make it from jelly rolls, I would need 3 with plenty left over from the 3rd roll??

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    1. Hi Lynn, sorry I'm not sure how many jelly rolls you would need.
      If we guess that from each strip you get 16 x 2.5" squares. Multiply the 16 by the number of strips in a roll (approximately 40) which is 640 x 2.5" squares.
      3 jelly rolls will certainly be a great start with a lot of variation for your to choose from.

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