Sunny Lanes Quilt Block - a Scrappy Tutorial

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This scrappy version of the Sunny Lanes quilt block  is easy to sew together and creates great graphic interest in a quilt! Plus it uses of a ton of 2" squares. Let's get started!

sunny lane quilt block

Fabric Requirements for a 12" Finished Sunny Lanes Quilt Block:

  • Light/White: 4 - 3.5" x 6.5" rectangles
  • Medium/Green: 8 - 3.5" squares
  • Assorted Prints: 32 - 2" squares

sunny lane fabric requirements

Sewing Directions:

Rectangle Units:

Step 1:

The first half of the Rectangle units are the same steps as those for the Flying Geese block. Since this unit is larger, I went ahead and sewed another seam 1/2" from the first seam and created a bonus 2.5" Half Square Triangle. 

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Step 2:

The second half of the Rectangle unit is made by doing the Step 1 steps only on the opposite corner of the Light/White rectangle. You will wind up with a diagonal stripe in the unit. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 for a total of two units with the same orientation as shown in the picture below.

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Step 3:

Now you need to create two more Rectangle units with the diagonal stripe going in the opposite direction as the Step 2 unit.

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Step 4:

Here you can see the little bonus Half Square Triangle.

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Step 5:

Here are the two units completed.

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Step 6:

The picture below shows the four Rectangle units you will need. Notice that the diagonal stripes go in opposite directions. You need two units of each orientation.

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Four Patch Units:

Step 7:

Make 4 Four Patch units using 16 of the Assorted Prints 2" squares like the ones in the picture below. You can find my tutorial for making a basic Four Patch block at

The last image shows how I used the tweak/twirl/furl method for pressing the seam allowance.

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Sixteen Patch Unit:

Step 8:

Arrange the remaining 16 Assorted Prints 2" squares in a 4 x 4 layout as shown in the picture below.

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Step 9:

Sew the 2" squares together in four rows as shown below.

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Step 10:

Press the seam allowances in opposite directions from row to row (rows 1 and 3 in one direction, and rows 2 and 4 in the opposite direction) as shown in the picture below.

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Step 11:

Sew the rows together, and...

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Step 12:

Press the seam allowances in one direction as shown in the picture below.

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Putting It All Together:

Step 13:

Lay out the Rectangle units, the Four Patch units, and the Sixteen Patch unit as shown in the picture below.

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Step 14:

From here the block goes together like an uneven Nine Patch block. First you sew the units together in three rows.

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Step 15:

Press the seam allowances toward the Rectangle units as shown in the picture below.

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Step 16:

Finally, sew the three rows together, and...

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Step 17:

Press the seam allowances away from the center of the block. All done!

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Layout Options:

Here's an example of the block done with just four colors. Additionally, alternating blocks were rotated 90 degrees. Looks great!

sunny lanes quilt 1 

In this example (scrappy version), all the blocks in the second and fourth column were rotated 90 degrees. You get a modified chevron design here!

sunny lanes quilt 2

Here I've made every other block with Rectangle units that are the opposite coloring as the original tutorial. (Instead of green/white/green, they are white/green/white) Nice stripe design.

sunny lanes quilt 4

In the example below I was just having fun rotating and switching blocks from the previous example and came up with this kind of maze design. My personal favorite.

sunny lanes quilt 3


I love scrappy quilts and the Sunny Lanes fit the bill! The Light/White and Medium/Green fabrics keep a cohesiveness to the block/quilt. 

This is a pretty easy quilt to resize as well. Blocks made with 1.5" squares and 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles will finish at 8" square. Blocks made with 2.5" squares and 4.5" x 8.5" rectangles will finish at 16" square. 

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Happy Quilting!


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