Greek Key Quilt-Along, Week 1: Fabric Requirements and Cutting Instructions


Hi there! Lee here again from Freshly Pieced. I’m back with a fun, easy, and striking quilt design that we’re going to sew together over the next three weeks—my Greek Key quilt! Sound fun? (And no, there’s no paper-piecing in this one, although I’m glad you all loved my paper-piecing-made-easy post a few weeks ago!)


And it really is easy, I promise. If you’ve ever made a log cabin block, this quilt will be a piece of cake. If you haven’t made a log cabin block, well, this quilt will still be a piece of cake, and it’s the perfect way to learn about that design! I’ve added some strip piecing into the mix to make it even easier and quicker. Once the quilt top is sewn together, we’ll finish it off with some crosshatch straight-line quilting to really bring out the geometric feel of the design.

Finished Quilt Size – 62″ x 82″

Ready to get started? : ) Here’s the schedule:

Week 1 – Fabric requirements and cutting

Week 2 – Making the blocks

Week 3 – Assemble the top, baste and quilt


Materials to create a Greek Key Quilt:

White solid (I used Kona White) – 2-1/2 yards

Dark gray solid (I used Kona Steel) – 3 yards

Yellow solid (I used Kona Wasabi) – 1/3 yard

Binding (I used Kona Steel again) – 5/8 yard

Backing fabric – 5 yards


Cutting List:

From the white solid, cut:

(3) strips 4-1/2″ x Width of Fabric

(27) strips 2-1/2″ x Width of Fabric


Set aside (3) of the 2-1/2″ x Width of Fabric white strips. From the remaining (24) 2-1/2″ x Width of Fabric white strips, cut the following:

(9) strips 2-1/2″ x 18-1/2″

(48) pieces 2-1/2″ x 8-1/2″

(44) pieces 2-1/2″ x 6-1/2″


From the gray solid, cut:

(16) strips 2-1/2″ x 82-1/2″

(3) strips 4-1/2″ x Width of Fabric

(1) piece 4-1/2″ x 11″


Set aside (2) of the 2-1/2″ x 82-1/2″ gray strips. From the remaining (14) 2-1/2″ x 82-1/2″ gray strips, cut the following:

(5) strips 2-1/2″ x 58-1/2″

(3) strips 2-1/2″ x 40″

(10) strips 2-1/2″ x 18-1/2″

(1) piece 2-1/2″ x 11″

(20) pieces 2-1/2″ x 8-1/2″

(48) pieces 2-1/2″ x 6-1/2″


From the yellow solid, cut:

(1) piece 4-1/2″ x 11″

(1) piece 2-1/2″ x 18-1/2″

(1) piece 2-1/2″ x 11″

(4) pieces 2-1/2″ x 8-1/2″

(4) pieces 2-1/2″ x 6-1/2″

That’s it for this week! If you are making your own Greek Key Quilt, share your progress by posting on Instagram with the hashtag #greekkeyquilt, #berninausa and #weallsew. (You can also click here just to check out what everybody else is posting!) I can’t wait to see all of your color and fabric choices. See you next week, when we’ll be piecing the blocks.


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14 comments on “Greek Key Quilt-Along, Week 1: Fabric Requirements and Cutting Instructions”

  • I like this pattern very much. It will make a great “male” quilt.

    I sure wish there was a .pdf to download instead of copying and pasting. YEP I’m lazy. LOL Thank you anyway.

      • PS–to maxima from my previous reply. I spoke without thinking, I am a MAC person so I don’t know about other PC’s but all I did was go to File, then Print, and Save as PDF. It worked fine and then I printed it. Good luck.

  • Love this quilt, n the yellow fabric will be a most when I decide to make it (love the color, love the name). My question is regarding the grey strips, 2.5″ x 82.5″. Are we cutting strips 2.5″ from salvage to salvage and butting them to make them 82.5″? Or are we supposed to cut lengthwise? Or Kona is extra wide fabric? I have to apologize in advance but the fabric that I usually buy is 44″ or 60″. I have never bought xtra wide. Thanks

    • Hi there – No, this does not use extra-wide fabric. If you have a continuous cut of three yards of the gray fabric, you should be able to cut your strips length-wise. This is standard procedure for quilts with borders. : )

  • Before I go ahead and purchase material for this project, has anyone had any answers to the cutting queries posted above? I don’t want to start this project if the instructions are wrong. i’m a newbie quilter so need my instructions spot on as i’m not experienced enough to work out the correct measurements should there be any errors. Thanks.

    • Hi there – Sorry for the late reply on this, I’ve been out of town! The 4-1/2″ strips are due to the fact that you’re strip-piecing the blocks. I think if you look at today’s post about making the blocks, it will all make sense. Thanks for your patience!

  • I think if you look at the above pic with the rolled up quilt on the chair. It looks like the strip is wider than 2 and a half. Otherwise I’d wait to cut .

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