Another 2015 finish to share, now that it’s been delivered to it’s recipient. This one is purely simple patchwork squares, and yet I think it’s one of my favorite quilts I made in 2015. Usually I don’t have any trouble making and giving away quilts – this was one of the first times I was really tempted to keep it for myself!
This was a special thank you to a friend who has been a huge help to me for the past few years. She’s very stylish and I was having a hard time deciding what colors to use in a quilt for her. Then it hit me – she has kids who play lots of sports – hence they attend a lot of sporting events. I thought it would be fun to make a quilt using the colors of her kids’ school. Then it turns out black and red become uber-hot this winter so this quilt becomes right on trend. hah!
I pulled fabrics from Sweetwater’s Varsity collection (still available from the Fat Quarter Shop) which were absolutely perfect for this quilt. Beyond those I wanted to go with paids and denims in those colors. Fall is a great time to find good flannel plaids.
Then I hit the jackpot when I found this plaid (and a few others) at Joann‘s a few months ago. They were in the apparel section, but they were luscious, 100% cotton wovens at a really nice weight. And on a super hot deal. Score. They were part of the JoAnn’s Plaiditudes collection. I tried to go back and buy some more, but they must have been seasonal because they were pretty much gone. I found a few pieces left online, but I’ll have to remember to look for them (and hope they are there again!) next fall.
Those flannel plaids made this quilt so heavy and lush – especially after it was washed.
I had also bought some red and some black denim that I wanted to use. Fortunately I remembered to color test them (just rubbed a wet paper towel across them) and they were not color fast. So they did not go in the quilt. I don’t usually have any worries with cottons I buy at independent quilt shops, but since I don’t typically sew with denim it was good to double check.
I washed the quilt before I gave it away (with a Shout Colorcatcher) just to make sure and none of the other fabrics had any bleeding issues.
There is something just seriously satisfying to me about simple patchwork. It’s such a fun way to play with and show off fabrics. For this quilt I bought 1/4 or 1/2 yards and cut them into 9″ squares. I laid out the quilt 8 squares across x 10 squares down for a 68″ x 85″ throw-size quilt. (You would need about 10 half yards or 20 quarter yards to make this quilt top.)
If you are looking for step by step instructions for a simple patchwork squares quilt so you can make one of your own, check out my Beginning Quilting Series.
Came together really quick. I saved some pieces – now I need to make one for us!