The Split Rail has got to be one of the very easiest quilt blocks around. Why not do a bunch of blocks in different shades of green? Perfectly refreshing and Spring-y. You can put this together in an afternoon- Quick and easy- that’s how we like it!! So here is my super easy quilt pattern – Shamrock Shake. “Shamrock” for obvious green reasons, and “Shake” because the lines in it remind me of something that might happen during an earthquake…
This is such a quick and easy quilt, it would be perfect for a baby quilt (because we always seem to need those in a hurry!), or a charity quilt. You can also switch the fabrics according to the season or holiday- really, it’s so quick and easy to make, you will want to make a pile of these! I had a whole lot of fun playing with colors and fabrics in my EQ program! Notice that the placement of the value (darkness or lightness) of your fabrics will determine how the pattern looks, so have fun playing with it:
Approximate finished size: 52″ square
You will need:
- 4 different green fabrics for blocks- 5/8 yard each
- Border fabric- 3/8 yard
- Binding- 1/2 yard
- Batting 60″ square
- Backing fabric- 3 1/2 yards (40/42″ wide)
From each of the green fabrics, cut 11 strips, 2” wide by the width of the fabric (about 41” long).
Arrange 1 each of the strips from lightest to darkest. Sew 4 strips together (1 of each fabric) along the long edges and press the seams all the same direction. Repeat so you have 11 strip units.
Each strip unit should measure 6 1/2” in width. Trim off the selvedge edges. Cut the strip units into 6 1/2” squares. Each unit should yield 6 squares- you will need 64 squares.
Sew the squares into pairs like this:
Sew the pairs together to form a block like this:
For borders, cut 5 strips, 2 1/2″ x width of fabric. Sew together with diagonal seams to form one long strip. From the long strip, cut 2 strips each 48 1/2″ long and sew to sides of quilt top. From remaining long strip, cut 2 strips each 52 1/2″ long and sew to top and bottom of quilt.
Quilt as desired and bind.
Voila! Shamrock Shake!
Click here for a PDF of this pattern.
Thank you so much for the free pattern! It’s a keeper! Thank you for all the time you take to provide these for us.
Thank you for this and other free patterns. You have a great eye for color and your patterns are very inspiring. Hope the bathroom reno goes along without a hitch, or least not many. ;)
Super cute! Thank YOU for sharing this fun pattern with us. I will make this one.
Thank you for the pattern. It’s a perfect size to have across the back of my couch. I will have it made up for next St. Paddy’s day.
I wish I had time to use this pattern this weekend. Thanks for sharing, I hope to try it soon.
Thanks for the pattern! I love quick makes, sometimes you just have to finish something and this sure fits that requirement! I’m interested in seeing a close up of the example in the bottom left corner, the one with the red binding. Is there someplace that I can see the fabrics you used? My daughter is expecting a baby boy in May and this would be perfect!
thank you. Love the greens
Loved making your Shamrock Shake quilt as my first attempt at making a patchwork quilt. I made my quilt to fit a queen sized bed and used blue toned fabrics. Thanks for making this pattern & instructions available.
Thank you for sharing.
Thank you so much for the pattern. Quick and fast Quilts
Thank you so much for the free pattern. Love quick and easy quilts!
Thank you for the free pattern! I love easy versatile patterns!!
Very pretty. Thank you.
I believe I have the fabric to make this quilt. Thank you
Thank you, all quick and easy quilts are a blessing.
Could you use a green jelly roll and just make a little bit bigger quilt?
Thank you for the free patterns I will enjoy making this one.
Thank you, I love this for March.
Thank you for the free quilt patterns. I will surely try this one.
Love this pattern. I found Split Rail pattern for my first REAL quilt for a friend and it was perfect. It is a lovely and forgiving pattern. Thanks so much!
Thank you very much!
This will be great addition to my pattern collection! Love the different arrangements.
Thanks for the St. Patrick pattern.