Are you looking for fat quarter friendly quilt ideas? Here are four quilts that are also fast and easy to make!
Bars and Stripes is the perfect fabric showcase! Dig out that fat quarter bundle you bought because of the gorgeous prints but couldn’t bear to cut into once you got it home! We know you have one!
This Anna Maria Horner version really showcases her big, bold prints. This throw size (66″ x 80″) uses 15 fat quarters and an accent color. Each fat quarter makes two blocks and there are 30 blocks in this size.
The baby size (44″ x 56″) is probably the fastest baby quilt you’ll ever make! So if you’ve put off making that quilt until you knew if the baby is a boy or girl, you can whip this up before they come home from the hospital!
We like making quilts that are fast and easy but with STYLE too! City Limits fits the bill with both charm and ease. It can be equally elegant as shown above with Sangria fabric by Marisol Ortega or fun and playful as shown in the Geo Pop version by Christa Watson, below right.
These are both the toddler size (45″ x 54″) and need 14 fat quarters each – 2 prints each in 7 colorways and an accent color. When choosing prints, make sure the prints in each colorway are compatible and close in range. You want them identifiable but not too contrasty.
Below left is the throw size (60″ x 78″) made by our friend Kelly Lautenbach. For the throw you need 20 fat quarters – 2 prints each in 10 colorways and an accent color. This is a great size to shop your stash for! Surely you have 20 fat quarters laying about!
This quilt is the most you’ll ever have shopping for fabric! Getting those colors and values just right is a lot of fun and a great excuse to get out to your local quilt shop!
You can approach this pattern in one of two ways – either by color families, like the quilt above (60″ x 80″), or by values like in the quilt below (which uses Marcia Derse’s Here There batiks).
For color families, you need a light, medium and dark of the same color – that’s 3 fqs per block. The colors we used are: lime, hot pink, purple, burgundy, black/gray, orange, blue, red, aqua, orange, gray, and green.
Twelve low volume (light) fat quarters are used for the backgrounds. You can use 3 yards of one light if you don’t want a busy quilt like this one.
If you want to make your explosion in values rather than color families, concentrate on light, medium, and a dark in colors that blend well together and pick a background fabric that contrasts in color or is light enough to make the explosion the star of the block.
Either version is a lot of fun to make, and that optical illusion is really striking!
One fat quarter makes all of the components for 2 blocks, and the entire Intersected quilt is just blocks – no sashing or borders. Each block has three elements – the squares, sashing and background. Once cut, you randomly assemble the blocks according to value – you want a combination of light and dark in each block. Going random may seem scary, but if you like the bundle of fq’s you’ll like the entire quilt.
That’s how the Pencil Club version by Heather Givans (60″ x 80″), above, worked out. We weren’t too thrilled with some of the individual blocks, but since we love the whole line, we knew we’d love the finished quilt – and we do!
The baby version below (40″ x 50″) is so sweet in these cross-woven Artisan Cottons by Windham Fabrics! The principles used for the larger quilt is the same for the baby quilt – pick fabrics you like and mix and match them by value and the whole quilt will be amazing!