Back to Basics Quilt

Back to Basics” that’s what I’m calling this baby quilt since it is such a beginner friendly design which makes use of the “basics” – basic rotary cutter skills, getting that scant 1/4″ seam allowance correct, a bit of strip set piecing – all basic techniques.

bsI was playing with Electric Quilt and wanted to take an existing block and “super size” it to turn that single block into an actual quilt layout.

This is the result.  One super-sized block (called “The Album”) in EQ turned into a quilt.

I will be posting the directions for making this quilt on the blog.  As with all of my free patterns on the blog – you an always find the links to them listed under the PAGES section in the right sidebar under FREE PDF QUILT PATTERNS.  For the time being there is also a button in the right sidebar that contains the links.  Once that button is removed (in a couple of weeks), the links will still be in the free patterns listing.  I’ll be adding the instructions for stitching up for this design to the blog free pattern list on Labor Day weekend.

This one also will contain instructions for a pieced backing fabric for those who wish to use it.

quiltbackThe backing will look like this.   The yardage instructions for the quilt top and binding are separate from the yardage instructions for the pieced backing so you can choose to piece the backing like this or do your own backing however you like.

Click the button in the sidebar (that looks like the quilt design of course) or in the Free PDF Quilt patterns listing find “Back to Basics” to get the link for the download of the yardage and cutting instructions.

Will you be stitching along with me next weekend on this project?It could be a baby quilt, table topper, wall hanging or cut a hole in the center to make a tree skirt; it would look great in lots of different styles of fabrics from baby, to batik, to holiday fabrics (Halloween fabrics with spider webs quilted in the background squares??); or maybe add some applique or embroidery to the background squares – lots of possibilities to adapt a simple design to your own particular taste whether you are a beginner quilt or more advanced.




4 comments on “Back to Basics Quilt

  1. I like those super sized block quilts. I won’t be able to sew along as I will be working but will certainly look for the pattern. Thanks!

    • Thanks Janet – I’m contemplating another design where one supersized block is the center of a medallion quilt. Even tho it’s simple sewing, I’d much rather piece the Back to the Basics design as a 46″ block than as a 12″ one. 🙂 Those strips would all be less than an inch wide – no thank you! LOL

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