Puddles and Squares Quilts, Crunch Time!

Projects tend to get bottlenecked at the finishing stages in my studio.  Two current quilts are in que for quilting, and I am hoping to gift them both at a family reunion in a week, which makes this crunch time!


The first one I created in Latifah Saafirs Perfect Puddles workshop a year ago. It has been basted for a year… which means I’ve had to buy more pins in the meantime.  I will post more pictures of this once I complete it in a week, hopefully.  I really enjoyed the process of learning the six minute circle method as well as choosing the color palate, contrast and piecing for this quilt.

The second quilt I started just a month ago. It’s a fun idea that I modified from the overlapping squares  pattern from the modern quilt guild.

This pattern I originally intended for the Boulder Modern Quilt Guild to use for the charity quilts, which I wrote about here.  In an effort to expand on this simple concept, I doodled in my sketchbook at 11pm one evening the following rough plan.

Diagonal Squares sketch

I did say it was rough!

The fabric I used is Joel Dewberry’s Heirloom Line, hoarded for a year and finally cut into!  I love this fabric for the bright colors and geometric patterns, a marked shift from my green, grey and blue tendencies.

Joel Dewberry fabric

I began on the floor.

Diagonal Squares2

Laying out squares and arranging the colors.  I made too many squares at first, so I paired down as I added the background.

Diagonal Squares

This quilt is close to finishing  and I’ve been having fun with the free motion quilting!

Diagonal Squares 4

If you want to play with your own overlapping square design, break out the graph paper!  I used a scale of 4″ per graph paper square.  Whenever I had a single block, it’s cut size was then 4.5″ x 4.5″.  With a bigger square, consisting of 4 graph paper squares, the dimension was 8.5″ x 8.5″, as in the solid magenta square with the quilted hibiscus above.  If the block was 3 squares long on the graph paper, then the dimension was 12.5″ cut.  I used this scale throughout, so all of my featured fabric was cut into various squares or rectangles in dimensions of 4.5″, 8.5″ or 12.5″.  Please let me know if this makes sense, it is so much fun to play with design this way.  I can add some graphics if needed!

Standby for pictures of these two quilts completed this week, as it is truly crunch time, and I cannot have them hanging around for another year!

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  • Reply Sarah Goer July 19, 2015 at 12:57 am

    Joel Dewberry’s Heirloom Line was a great choice. Your quilt is lovely. Good luck on the finishes.

    • Reply josiheron July 20, 2015 at 12:44 am

      Thank you Sarah, it will be a big push!

  • Reply Deb @ farmhousequilter July 20, 2015 at 7:54 am

    That is a gorgeous quilt in progress… I love the over lapping look
    Good luck!

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