Camera Applique Quilt {with Free Appliqué Pattern}




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Sew a darling quilt with antique cameras and quilts using easy applique! Before this, I shared my Say Cheese camera appliqué design and how to make 9 quilt blocks with it. Now you get the rest of the instructions to make this adorable Say Cheese Quilt!

This adorable quilt (covered with old-school looking cameras) is perfect for your favorite photographer!

This blog post (together with the instructions for the quilt blocks) has been converted to an optional PDF that’s optimized for printing. Find it here. The blog post below is totally free to read, print, and sew! Just hit CTRL +P on your computer to print. The Optimized for Printing PDF download for $2 is totally optional.




I used fabrics from the Say Cheese collection by Alicia Jacobs Dujets and Pixie Dot coordinates, all from Ink & Arrow Fabrics. To add variety and texture, I used fleece fabric for the cream colored  circles on the cameras. That’s totally optional.

Are you ready to make a Say Cheese Quilt??? Let’s sew!



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Say Cheese Quilt Pattern and Instructions

The finished quilt is approximately 60” square. Each camera quilt block is 11 1/2” x 11 1/2” finished.

Fabric requirements:

In total, you will need…

  • 1/3 yard of 9 different fabric prints for the main blocks and appliqué pieces (fat quarters are okay if the fabric is non-directional)

  • 1/3 yard fabric for the appliqué circles (quilting cotton or other, such as fleece)

  • 2 yards of background fabric

  • 3 yards of HeatnBond lite fusible web

  • 4 yards of backing fabric

  • 1/2 yard of fabric for the binding

Start by following my blog post with the free camera appliqué design to make the following:

  • 9 camera applique blocks (12” square unfinished)

  • 16 appliquéd sashing squares (4 1/2” unfinished)

To make the sashing and borders, cut:

  • 24 rectangles 4 1/2” x 12” from background fabric

  • 16 rectangles 4 1/2” x 10 1/8” from background fabric

  • 4 squares 4 1/2” x 4 1/2” from 4 different Pixie Dot coordinating prints (16 squares total)



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Say Cheese Quilt Assembly:

1. To make a row, join 4 sashing strips (4 1/2” x 12”) and 3 camera quilt blocks as seen above. Press the seams toward the camera blocks.

Make 3 rows.



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2. To make a sashing row, join 4 sashing squares (4 1/2” x 4 1/2”) and 3 sashing strips (4 1/2” x 12”). Press the seams toward the sashing squares.

Make 4 sashing rows.



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3. Join alternating sashing rows and quilt block rows as seen above.



Make the quilt border:

1. Join 4 border strips (4 1/2” x 10 1/8”) and 3 border blocks (4 1/2” x 4 1/2”) as seen above to make a long border strip. Save the yellow (or other color) border blocks for the corners.

Make 4 long border strips.



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2. Sew long border strips to the sides of the quilt.

3. Sew the remaining 4 border blocks to the ends of the 2 remaining long border strips.



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4. Sew the 2 long border strips to the top and bottom of the quilt.




Sandwich, quilt, and bind as desired. 🙂




I had fun making an improv quilt backing that looks like a camera shutter – at least I think so! Learn all about how to make cute quilt backs in Elizabeth Hartman’s Craftsy Class Creative Quilt Backs – it’s one of my favorites!

Happy quiltmaking!



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