Spin the Bottle Block and Lap Quilt Tutorial

Who remembers playing “spin the bottle” when they were younger? (I do!) Luckily you don’t have to take any dares with this spin the bottle.

Here’s a quick tutorial for the Spin the Bottle Block:

To make this block you will need my Wine Bottle Block pattern which is available on Etsy ($5.00 CDN) and Craftsy ($4.00 US).

To make a spin the bottle block you need four wine bottle blocks.

You need about a half yard of background fabric per spin the bottle block and fat eighths or scraps for the bottles.

The wine bottle blocks measure 4 1/2 inches x 12 1/2 inches unfinished. Once you have sewn four wine bottles you simply sew an 8 1/2 x 12 1/2 inch background rectangle to the right side of each wine bottle and set them into the block by spinning the bottles in the four directions as shown in the photo above. Piece the block as you would a four patch. Sew the centre seam on the top two and bottom two blocks. Press the seams in opposite directions to create a nesting seam at the middle and then sew the top and bottom sections together. This makes a 24″ block. This in itself would be great as a table topper but I plan to make a lap quilt.

To make a 60″ x 60″ lap quilt you need 3 1/2 yards of background fabric. Make four “spin the bottle blocks” as above and piece them together into a quilt top by sewing 4 1/2″ sashing strips between the blocks.

Cut 6 – 4 1/2″ x 24 1/2″ sashing strips and sew them to the vertical edges of your spin the bottle blocks. You will have from left to right: sashing, block, sashing, block, sashing. Make two. Then sew the two rows together with a 4 1/2″ x 60 1/2″ sashing strip running horizontally across the middle of the quilt. Then add a 4 1/2″ x 60 1/2″ sashing strip across the top and the bottom edges of your quilt top. You are finished and ready to baste, quilt and bind your quilt.

I am sewing mine scrappy using various half yards of low volume background fabrics but if you want all of your background to be the same then cut the sashing strips first before you cut the rectangles and wine bottle background pieces.

I hope you like this fun block idea! 🙂 To learn more about the wine bottle block pattern you can read this post.

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