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This may have been briefly shared when I was guest blogging, but I think it’s grand enough that it deserves it’s own post here!

Central Park Sudoku Quilt

This is my Sudoku quilt made from Kate Spain’s Central Park collection.  The concept is easy – take 9 fabrics.  Each fabric represents one number on your Sudoku board.  Each block will contain only one of each fabric…and you place that fabric based on the Soduko Puzzle – so you end up with one square of all nine fabrics in each block, row and column!

And Solved…..

I really enjoyed this approach because it took the guess work out of where the fabric should be placed! It didn’t matter if there was a blue next to an orange in block #1, if block #6 required it also (per the puzzle) then that is what I did!

Central Park Sudoku Quilt

The blocks are 5 inch squares. (Perfect for charms!) The sashing in between blocks is simple 1.5 inch strips with a 2.5 inch border around the outside edge of the blocks – then a 4.5 inch border around the whole thing (I did that to make it a little larger!)  The result is a nice sized lap quilt…and this one is backed with minky!  It required 1.5 yards of minky (no piecing the back!) and the quilting looks soooooo cool on the back. (and the front too!)

Back Quilt with Minky

Speaking of quilting, I sent it to Joanna of Designs by Laura Jo to do the quilting!  She gets my complete and total recommendation!!! She worked with me to make sure every detail was just right – and she was fast too! (Granted, this was before her super busy pre-Christmas season…still she was fast!)  If you need something quilted, contact her!

Machine Binding Picture

Okay, now for the first time ever, I also put on my binding completely with my machine….and the result is okay.  I am still a fan of hand binding, BUT this was way faster and I felt it was so much more secure with the minky.  My friend, Heather, has a really detailed description of her binding process here.  I think that if I continued to do this, they might someday look as good as hers!

Central Park Sudoku Quilt

So there ya have it! My Sudoku Quilt….that won’t actually be mine since it’s a gift.  ;-)   I hope you have a fabulous week!!!

  22 Responses to “Sudoku Quilt”

  1. Brilliant idea!

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    Melanie Reply:

    Thanks! Of course I can’t take any of the credit. I bough the pre-packaged charm squares meant for a Sudoku Quilt. lol :-)

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  2. I love it !! ( of course , It’s a Kate Spain!) and I even have some Sudoko central park that I got on sale ! WOO HOO !!!

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    Melanie Reply:

    Awesome!!!!!! And I love that we both love Kate Spain. :-)

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  3. It turned out beautifully! :)

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    Melanie Reply:

    Thanks!

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  4. Nicely done and communicated! :)

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    Melanie Reply:

    Thank you!

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  5. It’s a great design, isn’t it? We use it a lot for ministry quilts, because it’s so easy to kit up from fabrics we have on hand – especially now that we have an AccuQuilt Go! Cutter! And you’re right, it takes all the guess work out of arranging the fabrics!

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    Melanie Reply:

    I want to get a shop sized accuquilt cutter- would that be out of control? ;) It looks so very fun!

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  6. Thanks for the ‘cheat sheet’ for the Sudoku quilt! I can’t even do the regular puzzle, and this will make a great gift for my sister the Sudoku solving queen! Love the fabrics too!

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    Melanie Reply:

    It’s really fun! Just be sure to label your fabrics and blocks so that you don’t mix them around! lol

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  7. I LOVE this idea. I was hooked on sodoku a while ago, now, but I love the idea of combining it with quilting. FUN! *off to pin this!*

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    Melanie Reply:

    yay!!! it is a fun idea, and pretty quick too. Just be sure to label your fabrics and blocks so they don’t get switched around. :-)

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  8. Hello from a newbie, love to be a quilter ,but haven’t gotten there yet,
    I follow your blog and enjoy it very much.
    Just have to say ..this is one of the most beatiful quilts I have seen.
    Thank you for sharing.

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    Melanie Reply:

    Oh my goodness, Nanci! Thank you so much. I can’t tell you how much your comment means to me! It uplifted my spirit at just the exact right time! thank you!

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  9. I LOVE this one!! Awesome job! It would be a treat to get it as a gift. Very generous of you. :)

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  10. This is amazing! I love to design and make beautiful quilts. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    Melanie Reply:

    Thank you SO much, Carol Ann!!! It is fun to dream up and put together quilts. I have another one – this time solids only – that I must get put together before our Modern Quilt Guild meeting on Thursday. Better get to work! lol :-)

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  11. Ok, this sounds like the perfect quilt for control freaks like me who can’t seem to be “random” to save my life! Love this concept and adding it to my list!

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    Melanie Reply:

    Totally, right? It makes it painless to put together. Usually I agonize over the whole thing! Not with this one :)

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  12. [...] quilt show but I can’t remember who would have made that, but I did find this one online from Lola Pink fabrics So, basically you use the same premiss of having squares of fabric that aren’t ever repeated [...]

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