1. Print Wiggly Worms Quilt Project Pattern  & Wiggly Worms Quilt Project Layout
  2. Pre-wash fabrics, washing each color separately. If rinse water is discolored, wash again until rinse water runs clear. Dry and press fabrics.
  3. Use an accurate 1/4-inch seam allowance for all piecing.
  4. Press seams toward darker fabric whenever possible.


  1. The number of blocks needed for each worm depends on layout: Worm 1 (fish print) requires 8 blocks, Worm 2 (kite print) requires 9 blocks, Worm 3 (butterfly print) requires 10 blocks, and Worm 4 (animal print) requires 8 blocks, for a total of 35 blocks.

For each block Cut:

  1. One 4-1/2-inch square for worm center (A).
  2. One 2-1/2-inch x 4-1/2-inch rectangle for worm border (B).
  3. One 2-1/2-inch x 6-1/2-inch rectangle for worm border (C).
  4. One 2-1/2-inch square for corner triangles (D).

For each worm face Cut:

  1. One 4-inch x 7-inch rectangle from each worm border fabric (B/C).

For Worm 1 Cut:

  1. Eight 4-1/2-inch fish print squares (A)
  2. Eight 2-1/2-inch x 4-1/2-inch red print rectangles (B)
  3. Eight 2-1/2-inch x 6-1/2-inch red print rectangles (C)
  4. Eight 2-1/2-inch black print squares (D).

For Worm 2 Cut:

  1. Nine 4-1/2-inch kite print squares (A)
  2. Nine 2-1/2-inch x 4-1/2-inch yellow print rectangles (B)
  3. Nine 2-1/2-inch x 6-1/2-inch yellow print rectangles (C)
  4. Nine 2-1/2-inch black print squares (D).

For Worm 3 Cut:

  1. Ten 4-1/2-inch butterfly print squares (A)
  2. Ten 2-1/2-inch x 4-1/2-inch pink print rectangles (B)
  3. Ten 2-1/2-inch x 6-1/2-inch pink print rectangles (C)
  4. Ten 2-1/2-inch black print squares (D).

For Worm 4 Cut:

  1. Eight 4-1/2-inch animal print squares (A)
  2. Eight 2-1/2-inch x 4-1/2-inch green plaid rectangles (B)
  3. Eight 2-1/2-inch x 6-1/2-inch green plaid rectangles (C)
  4. Eight 2-1/2-inch black print squares (D).


  1. From backing fabric, cut one 44-inch x 52-inch piece for backing.

PIECING (for each block):

  1. Sew A to B. Press seam toward B. See Fig. 1.
  2. Sew C to AB. Press seam toward C. See Fig. 2.
  3. Place D on lower right corner of pieced block with right sides facing. See Fig. 3.
  4. Draw a diagonal line and sew on line as shown in Fig. 3.
  5. Open and press triangle toward corner of block as shown in Fig. 4.
  6. Trim excess fabric under triangle to 1/4 inch.
  7. After all blocks are pieced, trim each to 6-1/2-inch x 6-1/2-inch square.


  1. Referring to layout diagram at right, lay out pieced blocks in five rows with seven blocks in each, rotating the blocks as shown to create diagonal worms.
  2. Sew the blocks together in each row. Press seam allowances in each row in opposite directions.
  3. Sew rows together as planned. Press seam allowances in each row in opposite directions.


  1. Trace face pattern below onto tracing paper with pencil.
  2. Cut out a face from each of the four 4-inch x 7-inch rectangles of worm border fabrics.
  3. Use black permanent marker to draw eyes and mouth on each of the four faces.
  4. With right sides facing and straight edges matching, pin each worm face to a matching worm as shown in layout diagram.
  5. Sew each worm face in place with a scant 1/4-inch seam.
  6. Pin each worm face to quilt center to hold.



  1. From the blue plaid, cut five 1-1/2-inch-wide crosswise strips.
  2. From strips, cut two 36-inch-long strips and piece remaining strips together to make two 47-inch-long strips.


  1. From yellow print, cut two 4-inch x 47-inch strips and two 4-inch x 36-inch strips.


  1. Sew a matching inner border and outer border together, creating two 36-inch-long pieced border strips and two 47-inch-long pieced border strips. Press seams toward outer borders.
  2. With pieced borders right side up and narrow strips at the top, trim left edges to square ends.


  1. Use partial seam method to attach borders to quilt center.
  2. With narrow border facing quilt center and left end matching, pin bottom border in place.
  3. Begin sewing several inches away from right end and sew to left end with a 1/4-inch seam.
  4. Open border and press sewn border and worm face seam allowance toward border.
  5. With narrow border facing quilt center, sew one longer pieced border to entire left side of quilt. Press as before.
  6. Continue sewing borders to top and right side of quilt in the same way.
  7. After adding the right side border, sew the remainder of the bottom right edge of border to quilt center.


  1. Remove pins from worm faces and press them toward the borders.
  2. Using matching thread and the needle turn method, applique the curved edge of each face to the inner and outer borders.
  3. Trim away border fabric from under each face.


  1. Place backing fabric wrong side up on a flat surface, center batting on backing and center quilt top, right side up, on top of batting.
  2. Smooth out all wrinkles and baste layers together as needed to hold.
  3. Quilt as desired. (Leona stitched in the ditch of the quilt block seams, and stitched a wavy line down the center of each worm and each outside border piece.)


  1. Cut five 2-1/4-inch-wide crosswise strips of yellow print for binding.
  2. Sew short ends of binding strips together diagonally to make one long strip. Trim and press seams open.
  3. Press one short end diagonally 1/4 inch to wrong side. Press strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides facing.
  4. Sew binding strip to right side of pieced top with edges matching and a 1/4-inch seam, mitering corners.
  5. Fold binding to back, encasing raw edges, and hand-sew fold of binding to back of quilt.

Finished Size: Quilt measures about 42-1/2 inches across x 50-1/2 inches long.

Craft originally sent in by Leona Kocher of Oblong, IL