Thoughts on Squares


When I make a quilt like this, with it's simple squares, the fun is all about fabric choices.  I love this simple and timeless design.  You're never going to have a flop with this pattern!

And sometimes, especially for a baby quilt, you don't want some intricate, amazing, piecing.  You just want something snuggly and homemade.


I had a lot of fun picking out the fabrics for this one.  I'm trying to talk about the process of this quilt which all took place at least a month ago, so I forget a few things... I somehow can't remember which were the fabrics I started with on this one, but I usually start out with about 5 or 6 fabrics, and think maybe this time I'll stick with less and make it more planned and less scrappy.  But I usually throw caution to the wind and start adding a bunch more fabrics.


I read once, I think it was on Anna Maria Horner's blog about the concept of choosing colors by dismissing the color or colors that you were NOT using.  I didn't think about that as I was pulling out fabrics for this quilt, but once it was together, I started thinking about it.

Somehow, I imagined that this quilt had quite a controlled color scheme, (at least compared to this!)  but when I really looked at it, I realized it had every color in the spectrum but purple.

Just an interesting tidbit, but I may think of it in the future.


And finally, my all time favorite fabric used for binding, Checker in Yellow designed by Early Bird for Cosmo Cricket.  I seriously LOVE this one.  It's just a great color with a great hand-drawn looking grid design.

24 comments:

  1. Love, love this quilt. It has an old fashion feel to it, yet it looks modern at the same time. Your color choices are great. I wish that I could step out on a limb and do that too. It would make a good cuddle quilt for anyone.

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  2. i completely agree! lately, i have been so drawn to simple square quilts. the simplicity makes them beautiful!

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  3. Great showcase for fab fabric and that's what leads us down this road in the first place! Lovely quilt and I agree the binding is gorgeous - and to think I used to pay little attention to my bindings but they really finish the job!

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  4. I really like this quilt. So simple yet so so pretty and perfect for a baby quilt. well done!

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  5. The yellow binding totally makes this!!! I love it! Simple patchwork is my favorite!!

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  6. I agree with you on the squares! This is a great quilt. Love the way you quilted it.

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  7. Great quilt, really, squares are so wonderful! What is the backing on there? Thanks

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  8. I really like this quilt as well! Did you use a pattern? I'd really like to try and make this! Thanks, Angela

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  9. Patchy squares are my very favorite. I'm always drawn to them, and never get tired of them. It just looks like something you want to grab and wrap yourself up in. Just simple comfort. Yours is lovely.

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  10. I love this quilt.
    Squares are such a harmonious and restful composition!
    I also love the colors you picked.
    I've tried so many times to be bold and just pick the fabrics I like, but then I start taking out the one's that don't make a tone on tone scheme.
    You've inspired me. I will try again.

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  11. Classic and absolutely gorgeous! I love all the fabrics and especially the quilting!

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  12. oh, it's lovely. So simple yet so effective. I like your choice of fabric very much.
    I'd love to try making such a quilt, but I definitely need to collect more fabric first.

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  13. Well said. And I see some awesome quilting too! Can you upload that first pic to Flickr so that I can add it to my quilting gallery? I need to remember to try that!

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  14. Lovely, bright and cheery and so simple even this novice can see how it's done! Thank you.

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  15. I love this quilt and you are so right about that binding!

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  16. I ♥ IT!! plus my fave color is Yellow!!

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  17. So lovely! I love the simple pattern, great fabric choices and it being draped on the shabby chic chair! Pure divine!

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  18. It's like happy, quilted bliss! Love it!

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  19. So, so lovely - what a happy assortment of color! I think simple patchwork squares are my favorite kind of quilts!

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  20. Jolene I love it. (No surprise there!) I hadn't thought about choosing colors by subtracting the ones you weren't using- interesting.
    :)

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  21. Jo, I would LOVE to have that quilt hanging on my old mustard colored ladder!! Those colors are totally what I would want!

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  22. A lovely quilt! And the binding is very perfect!

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