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Washi Tape Quilt Block

Washi Tape Quilt Block

Written by: 
Lisa Calle


Hello, Moda Bake Shop readers! I'm Lisa Calle of Vintage Modern Quilts and I have a fun, easy tutorial to get you started sewing in the new year.  This improv quilt block sews up quickly and with ease. Make just few and you've got a stylish modern mini!

This quilt finishes at 20½" x 20½" (mini), 67" x 86" (twin), and 86" x 95½" (queen). Fabric requirements are shown for the queen size version.



1 Layer Cake® {Ombré by V and Co.}
2 Bella Solids Layer Cakes® {9900LC-98} OR 6¼ yards Bella Solids in desired color
8½ yards backing fabric
¾ yards binding fabric



This quilt is pieced in an improvisational style so no two will turn out the same. Each block requires 2 to 3 washi strips. Follow the chart below to cut fabric for your desired size. The number of strips range from 2 per block to 3 per block. Eight strips can be cut from each layer cake. Unfinished strips measure 1¼" x 10" (meaning that is the size strip to cut from the Layer Cake® square).

SIZE 20½" x 20½" 67" x 86" 86" x 95½"
NO. OF BLOCKS 4 blocks

2 x 2 layout

63 blocks

7 x 9 layout

90 blocks

9 x 10 layout

NO. OF STRIPS 8 to 12 126 to 189 180 to 270
NO. OF LAYER CAKES* 4 to 6* 16 to 24 23 to 34
BKGD FABRIC ½ yard 4½ yards 6¼ yards

*A Layer Cake® measures 10" square; (8) 1¼" wide strips can be cut from each one.

**The mini version can be made with just one Layer Cake® square. Using more Layer Cake® squares will produce a more colorful quilt.

Cut the number of desired washi tape strips.

Make an angled cut on background Layer Cake®.


Sew a washi tape strip between the cut pieces. Be sure to visually align the background pieces as you are sewing them to the washi tape strip as it's very easy to sew a triangle on backwards. Lightly starch and press to the darker fabric. Repeat the process of adding washi tape strips as desired.

TIP: Set a washi tape strip on the edge of your ruler when decided where to cut on the background fabric. This will help you see if you are trying to cut an area that is too long for the strip.


Square up each block to 10". Repeat the process to make the desired number of blocks.


This quilt finishes at 20½" x 20½" (mini), 67" x 86" (twin), and 86" x 95½" (queen).



Lisa Calle