Well, it’s that time of year. Leaves and temperatures are falling and it’s time to make another cozy flannel plaid patchwork quilt. I’ve made a bunch of these and I never get sick of them! Plus they’re super easy and beginner-friendly.
This is my third iteration of this quilt. (You can see the original here.) I’ve also made a similar blue and gray version. I love how the collection of different plaids work beautifully in simple patchwork squares.
This quilt is a another gift for an old friend. I’ve given away all of the flannel quilts I’ve made. But this time as I worked, I cut enough patchwork squares to make one to keep as well. I’ll sew ours together sometime this winter because it’s just the perfect winter quilt – lots of lush flannels and a heavier-weight quilt overall, perfect for snuggling.
How to Make a Flannel Patchwork Plaid Quilt
For this quilt I cut 80 squares 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ – because that was the most efficient use of fabric from a 1/4 or 1/2 yard piece. If you cut carefully you can get 5 squares from an 8 1/2″ x 43″ strip. (If your width of fabric is slightly smaller or you’re using pre-shrunk fabric, you can always cut 5 squares 8″ x 8″ from a 1/4 yard for a very similar look.)
Patchwork: 20 quarter yards (not Fat Quarters) or 10 half yards (You can cut 5 squares per 1/4 yard).
Backing: 4 yards
Binding: 5/8 yards
I laid out this quilt 8 squares across by 10 squares down – for a 64 1/2″ x 80″ throw-quilt. 4 yards of fabric will work just right for the backing.
Here is a simple beginning quilting tutorial for sewing patchwork squares together. The same method applies for the larger size squares.
For this quilt I used a lightweight cotton/poly blend batting like Hobbs Warm and Natural because I didn’t want the quilt to be too heavy. (The woven flannel on the back already adds some weight.) My quilt was quilted in a stipple pattern by my friend Monica Steelman.
Most of the plaid flannels I’ve used in these quilts are from the Plaiditudes collection from Joann Fabrics, which are only available this time of year (fall). I LOVE the weight and feel of these woven brushed-cotton plaids. They’re thick and super soft and they wash really nicely. Plus I’ve never had an issue with colors bleeding.
I typically don’t prewash my fabric before sewing, but wash the quilt as a whole after it’s pieced because I love the way it slightly shrinks and gives the quilt a softer, ‘antique’ feel.
As you can see, we got some snow this week! Last week was warm, in the 70’s and I soaked up the warm as much as I could. (And raked my fair share of leaves…) By Sunday the temperatures dropped 40 degrees and a snowstorm blew through. To be honest, I was really dreading the weather change – especially this year when being outside has been the safest way to visit and connect with friends or extended family. I was a little stressed about having to retreat indoors again for months.
But, surprisingly, I’m not minding slowing down and being cozy. More time for sewing too, right?
And yesterday I took my first snow hike of the season. And I was in heaven. For some reason I have fallen in love with snow hiking over the past few years.
I think I love it so much because there are fewer people and the snow muffles sounds. It’s so quiet and clean and serene.
It’s the my favorite kind of mental health therapy.
(And this from the kid who cried the whole way home from skiing when I was little because I hated when my hands got cold.)
I guess I’ve grown up a little. 😉 And I’m better at choosing and wearing my winter gear.
So get ready for snuggle season. Because, ready or not, it’s here!
PS Last week I shared the heartwarming story of the Honduran women who are a part of One Common Thread Quilts. Just since that time many of these women have lost everything due to the destruction of Hurricane Eta in the Caribbean. If you have a minute or a small amount to spare, you can read their story here.