Simply Squares

23 06 2014

My friend, Linda, is currently the charity quilt chariman for the Colonial Piecemakers in Williamsburg, Va. When she has an overage of quilt tops made by guild members that need quilting, I sometimes volunteer my longarm services. Recently I quilted two noteworthy quilts. Noteworthy because they are very nice quilts made with the lowliest of shapes, the simple square.


All the colorful fabrics keep your eyes moving around and around this quilt! Can you find the heart, the chicken, the baseball and the hippo? If you are searching for an easy project for a child or grandchild to help you sew this summer, consider making a quilt like this. And if the child is too young to handle scissors or a sewing machine, they can help plan the placement of the squares and hand them to you as you sew. (This idea for little helpers comes from my friend, Karlene of

Using variegated thread, I quilted back and forth across the quilt in a design reminiscient of contour ploughing, echoing the loopy shapes in the previous row.


The second quilt is an interesting coloration of a Nine Patch. Eight squares of various shades of purple surround a white central square. I first saw this configuration on Rita Hodges’ blog She used smaller red squares for her quilt. In the quilt below, the purple hues perfectly complement the grapevine print in the outer border.


I quilted an all over stylized leaf design in variegated purple thread.


Simple squares make awesome quilts!


Are you making a quilt containing squares this summer? If so, leave a comment below describing your quilt.





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