Yay! A new pattern on the Sugaridoo website. Aaand it’s free! I made a video about a super fun and fast pencil quilt. In two weeks I’ll continue with this quilt on my channel to quilt it and show how I put a binding on a quilt.

To make the quilt, first watch the video and then look for further instructions and measurements in this post. Who will you make this quilt for?


For fabric you will need the following. (WOF = width of fabric)

  • Background fabric
    • 4 strips of 2.5″ x WOF
    • about 11″ x 24″ for the triangles for the pencil tips
    • Extra fabric if you want to make a border around the quilt.
  • Pink
    • Dark: 2 strips of 3.5″ x WOF
    • Light: 1 strip of 3.5″ x WOF + little piece for the pencil tip
  • Yellow/Orange
    • Light: 2 strips of 3.5″ x WOF
    • Dark: 1 strip of 3.5″ x WOF + little piece for the pencil tip
  • Green
    • Light: 2 strips of 3.5″ x WOF
    • Dark: 1 strip of 3.5″ x WOF + little piece for the pencil tip
  • Blue/turquoise
    • Dark: 2 strips of 3.5″ x WOF
    • Light: 1 strip of 3.5″ x WOF + little piece for the pencil tip
  • Pencil tip fabric: about 7″ x 36″ for the trapezoid shaped pieces of the pencil tips


For the pencil tips I used a foundation paper piecing pattern on freezer paper. In this tutorial you can see exactly how this method works.

You can download the pattern for the pencil tips over here. This block to be 9 x 9″ when it’s finished, or 9.5 x 9.5 including seam allowance.

Making some pencils

Sew the strips of the same color together to make the pencils. Pink – light pink – pink, Yellow – Orange – Yellow etc. When these are done you trim off the edges to make both sides of the pencil straight. Trim all pencils to the size of your smallest pencil.

Now make the pencil tips with the paper piecing pattern.

Sew the tips to the pencils.

Now take the 2.5″ background strips and sew them together in to one long strip. Cut from that very long strip 3 strips that are as long as the finished pencils. Sew these strips in between the pencils. Make sure to alternate the direction of the pencils. Some are pointing up and some down.


Now your pencil quilt is done. But if you want you can add borders to it. I added borders to the sides of 3.5″ and to the top and bottom of 4″.

This make my quilt 48 x 60″. That is a great size to donate the quilt to the Regenboogboom, a Dutch foundation that hands out quilt to children who are very ill or go through a tough time. Are you from The Netherlands? Please take a look at www.regenboogboom.nl to learn more about the organisation and maybe you can make a quilt for them as well!

Comments (12)

  1. Irene,
    This is such a cute fun pattern! I hope to make it soon!
    Thank you!

  2. This is such a lovely design for a boys or girls room. The colors are just perfect for either. Thank you so much for sharing your talents.

  3. THANK you for this pattern! I’m going to make at least one to have on hand for a donation quilt for a child in need .

  4. Inspired by this guilt, I’m going to make a dollhousesized quilt. Thank you Irene ?

  5. LOVE it! I’m new at quilting and would love to make this quilt! However, any way you can give us the fabric requirements in yardage? pretty please

  6. Leuke quilt! Ik ben via Karen van Get it doen quilts bij jou terecht gekomen. Leuk

  7. Hi there- I’m trying to make this quilt and the pencil points don’t print out to be 9×9. Should I be adjusting my printer settings? Thank you!

  8. Very vague instructions. Especially the cutting and sewing of the pencil tips. You say to cut a piece 11″x24″ but do not say if that is for each pencil or for all of them. Even the video does not clarify how to do this. Not sure how much fabric to buy.

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