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 plaids 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 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. (You can get four (9″ x 9″ squares from 1/4 yard.) 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.
I love how quickly this came together. I saved some pieces – now I need to make one for us!