Week of February 25, 2018 – Quilts with Squares

I just love making quilts with squares! They seem to be the easiest and fastest quilts where you just let the fabric sing it’s pretty song. This first quilt is from a pack of 2.5” French General squares. It went together quickly and isn’t it adorable?

I also enjoy putting a square in a square next to a square. These two quilts both feature a variety of fabrics surrounding a little .5” square and each one is offset by a 1.5” square so it doesn’t get too busy. I know that traditionally when you call a block Square in a Square it meant the inner square was set on point and you had triangles surrounding it which made it look like a square in a square (see illustration to the right). But I am enjoying making a true Square inside another Square.

To carry that idea even further, here is a little quilt with a Square in a Square in a Square in a Square or I call it Four Squared! Every now and then I get in the mood for something a little country and I love to use homespun fabrics to create a new little quilt. This one has little .5” black centers surrounded by various homespun fabrics. A friend who saw it thought I should make a set and call them placemats, but I prefer to put it on an antique bed and call it a doll quilt.

This last precious quilt is from my mother’s collection. She said her aunt made it for her when she was 5 years old (and mom is now 94) so that makes the quilt 89 years old! It is made from solid colored red and white squares. The amazing thing is that it is machine quilted – even the binding was applied by machine. Of course, I wish it were hand quilted but I’m sure at the time, her aunt thought she was being very progressive and using her treadle machine to quilt it! My mom wrapped her doll in it many times, so it has been washed and loved. The interesting thing is that I have a bed sized red and white quilt made by my great grandmother with these same fabrics in them. I think someone bought her a red bolt of fabric which she used and shared for many quilts.

Just for You – Quilt Quote “Asking a Quilter to mend is like asking Picasso to paint your garage.”

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