Oz: A Quilt Pattern Tutorial

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From Kelli:

I hate letting good fabric to waste, so when Mom was thinking about some Oz fabric line scraps in with all her other scraps, I immediately scooped them up, knowing that I had a jelly roll at home with the same fabric line.  With adding a bit of yardage for the half square triangles and background setting triangles, I had a quilt in no time.


Finished size:  68.5” x 79.75”

Here is a better view of the actual block I created.  It’s like a half log cabin block only with a triangle for the cornerstone.



Fabric Requirements:

2 Jelly Rolls

½ yard coordinating solid (half square triangles)

2 yards dark solid (background, binding)


Cutting Instructions:

From Jelly Roll strips, cut the following:

72- 2.5” squares

144- 2.5” x 4.5” rectangles

144- 2.5” x 6.5” rectangles

72- 2.5” x 8.5” rectangles

**Because I used leftover scraps, I cut the largest pieces first so that I knew I would be able to get all of the pieces I needed.

From dark background, cut the following:

8- 2.5” x WOF strips (binding)

6- 12 5/8”squares—Subcut twice diagonally.

2- 6 5/8” squares—Subcut once diagonally.


Sewing Instructions:

1.  Using the coordinating ½ yard of fabric-I used yellow, cut a total of 4- 2.5” x WOF strips.  Using jelly roll remnants and an easy angle ruler, make 72- half square triangles.  Sew using a quarter inch seam and press to the jelly roll print.

2.  Following the diagram, assemble block with coordinating solid triangle pointing outwards.

Make 78 blocks switching up the placement of the prints except for the corner triangle block.

It is important to use an accurate quarter inch seam to ensure that the block fits together correctly.

3.  Assemble quilt in a 6 x 7 on point setting.


4.  Quilt as desired.  If you want to see how mom quilted mine, you can see it here.

5.  Bind.

That winds up this fabric line.  Between mom and I we have made so many projects with the fabric….here’s a list:   Mom made this one as a graduation present,  another graduation present, a baby quilt and a Schibble all from that same fabric line.  She even made a ponytail holder with the slivers of left over fabric from the line.

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21 thoughts on “Oz: A Quilt Pattern Tutorial”

  1. How great is this pattern. I’ve several scraps that would work with a few pre cuts & I too could have a quick gift.

    Thank you ever so much for sharing your imagination & talent. You are so generous.

  2. On last cutting instruction…..are these triangles for corners? If so, doesn’t that out diagonal on outside? Should it only be 2 squares….1 diagonal cut…HSTs Great idea for scraps thanks….

  3. how is the dark fabric added? I love this pattern and have nearly finished the squares.just wondering how I attach the triangles, after the squares are sewn together in rows or before?

  4. so i have cut the strips out per the directions. however when i go to assemble i find that the strip lengths don’t correspond. the last strip of the square would have to be 9 and 1.2 inch
    what am i doing wrong here??

    1. Hi Donna–I would recommend checking your quarter inch seam allowance. I have rechecked the math and the final strip should be cut at 2 1/2 inches by 8 1/2 inches to make a 8 1/2 inch unfinished block.

  5. Having a little trouble following the first step. If I make the 1/2 square triangle at 2 1/2″. Won’t it be smaller than the rest? Do you have a u-tube video tutorial on this? All fabric cut out, anxious to get started!! Thanks Linda

    1. Hey Linda–The half square triangle will need to finish at 2 1/2 inches before you sew it into the block. If you use a 2 1/2 inch strip and a easy angle ruler, you will have the right measurements to make the half square triangle part of the block.

  6. By any chance have you determined the fabric requirements & cutting instructions to make this pattern in a baby size quilt? Thank you!

  7. For the half squares I found it much easier to start with 3 inch strips to make they. I laid sewed and squared up with very little waste. I save and reuse binding scrape so I have good bit of 3inch WOF to work with

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  9. Dorothy Ulriksen

    I want to make the Oz half log cabin in a smaller size, like a baby quilt size. I have the first three rows completed with the triangles at the end of the rows. I have sewn them together and am happy with that. Now that I am at the five blocks in a row, I am kinda stuck. This is as wide as I would like the quilt to be, but I don’t know how to make it work. Any help would be so much appreciated.

    1. I’m so sorry. It’s been a LONG time since I’ve even thought about that quilt…and on top of that, my daughter made it, not me. It was long ago gifted so I don’t think we’d be any help with that.

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