Simple patchwork is my favorite for large quilts used for warmth. I might venture into half-square triangles on occasion but I like squares. You can create such interesting patterns with them.
This quilt is created with 2 solids, several Cotton + Steel charm packs and some extra teal Tiger Stripes squares.
The back has a floral print and down the middle is a gray on white text print.
Early in 2015, I sketched out plans for several quilts and carefully assembled and cut the fabrics. I then set them aside to work on other projects. Recently, I dug out those bags of fabric, looked at my plans and changed my mind. For this quilted, I decided to create 9-patch blocks. It was fun to pair up fabric and then piece the blocks together.
These 5 inch squares were quilted in the ditch and down the center of each square both horizontally and vertically. I like the subtle pattern it added to the dark solid squares.
The back print pulls out the orange, gold and dark blues used on the front.
About the fabrics: The front uses Kona solids and several charm packs of Doe by Carolyn Friedlander. The back is an older Tula Pink print from her Acacia line.
A few years ago this fabric was floor pillows. We didn’t need the pillows any longer and they were taking up space so I removed the filling and cut off the pipping edges. The stitched squares then sat in my projects baskets for a year or more.
I stitched together the 6 sides to create one quilt top. In one large cream square, I created a giant dahlia and stitched words about joy and happiness in the other.
All of the other squares were quilted in a different style: square spiral, vertical lines, horizontal lines, overlapping waving lines.
The quilt is approximately 48” x 70” and is backed with a pink and gray striped light upholstery weight fabric. It adds a little weight, but it is still snuggly soft.
I saw this fabric and just couldn’t cut it up. It’s great for quilt backing, but I thought it needed be the star of a whole cloth quilt.
I stitched many dahlias to quilt this.
I used a pink and gold floral print to bind it. The back is a plain cream cotton. This small throw measures 40” x 44”. It would make a great baby quilt for a girl or a pretty lap quilt for your home. It’s available via my Etsy shop.
I pulled 3 solids and 3 prints and began cutting 60 degree triangles and strips in various sizes.
Using improvisational piecing, I created a quilt top using the ledger print as my primary neutral.
The final quilt measures 54” x 54”. I picked the teal triangle toward the bottom as my pattern for echo quilting (concentric triangles) with a walking foot.
The back is pieced with various fabrics.