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2 tips to make fast and easy quilts that only look complicated

I’m thrilled to be back for another year on QUILTsocial to share with you some of my favorite tips to make fast and easy quilts that only look complicated. For this week, I was given some fabulous Banyan Batiks from the Color Blocking collection.

If you want to venture into making bigger quilts but fear that you might not be able to accomplish them, I suggest you try out Michael‘s beautiful rail fence quilt tutorial. I had planned on making this design but since he did such a great job, I went into the next project to build your quilting skills with my Deep Waters pattern.

For this project, I chose my favorite colors: Blue and Black.
For this project, I chose my favorite colors: Blue and Black.

The best tip ever!

My best tip to make fast and easy quilts that only look complicated is to make really BIG blocks. So you don’t have too many to make to get to a big size quilt.

Quilt design with blocks set 5x5 for a total size of 75" x 75"
Quilt design with blocks set 5×5 for a total size of 75″ x 75″

For this project, I decided on making 15” finished block. The quilt will be 75” square, set by 5×5.  It’s a great size for snuggling up on a sofa or placing as a bed runner above a duvet.

Quilt design with blocks set 5x6 for a total size of 75" x 90"
Quilt design with blocks set 5×6 for a total size of 75″ x 90″

The great part of this project is that you can make 5 more blocks to set as an extra row and you will have the perfect queen size quilt: 75” x 90”. You can add borders also to accommodate your mattress’s size.

Quilt design with blocks set 5x6 with borders for a total size of 99" x 114"
Quilt design with blocks set 5×6 with borders for a total size of 99″ x 114″

Fabric requirements and cutting instructions to make the quilt set 5×5 for a total size of 75″ square

From the Dark Blue fabric (2⅓ yd), cut:

  • 6 – 1¼” strips (A)
  • 6 – 4¾” strips (B)
  • 6 – 7¾” strips (C)

From the Dark Black fabric (1½ yard), cut:

  • 12 – 1¼” strips (D)
  • 6 – 1¼” strips (E)
  • 6 – 4¾” strips (F)

From the Black & Blue fabric (2⅓ yd), cut:

  • 2 – 3½” strips and make 12 – 3½” squares  (G)
  • 6 – 4¾” strips (H)
  • 6 – 7¾” strips (I)

From the Light blue fabric (1½ yard), cut:

  • 2 – 3½” strips and make 13 – 3½” squares  (J)
  • 6 – 1¼” strips (K)
  • 6 – 1¼” strips (L)
  • 6 – 4¾” strips (M)

Ziploc bags and non-permanent markers are a must in my studio!
Ziploc bags and non-permanent markers are a must in my studio!

Another tip I like to share is to keep Ziploc bags close by with a non-permanent marker. I love being able to place my fabrics in them and mark what step they’re for or what I need to do with them. Because I use a non-permanent marker, I can erase and re-use which is environmentally friendly too.

Deep Waters quilt pattern made with Banyan Batiks Color Blocking collection.
Deep Waters quilt pattern made with Banyan Batiks Color Blocking collection.

Before you start cutting, wait until you’ve read tomorrow’s post, as I’ll share more tips to help you make fast and easy quilts that only look complicated. The Deep Waters quilt is really easy to make but it looks complicated. Using Banyan Batiks Color Blocking fabrics, makes it exquisite!

This is part 1 of 5 in this series.

Go to part 2: THE 2 must-have sewing tools for smooth and accurate piecing

Married with three young boys, Claire Haillot shares her passion for quilting among her neighbors in the United States and Canada as well as her cousins in France. Claire has been active in the quilting industry since 2004. At first, she opened a quilt shop and started to teach, write how-to guides and translate patterns and product information into French for American companies. In 2006, she started her own line of patterns and later began publishing patterns and articles in Canadian, European and American magazines. You might have seen some of her work in Quilter’s World, Pratique du Patchwork or Canadian Quilter. She decided to close her brick & mortar quilt shop in 2016 to be able to concentrate more on teaching, writing and creating. She collaborated with PlumEasy patterns to launch the Dancing Diamonds and Gem bag patterns. Claire has also won a few awards for her work: • Juror’s choice at the Salon 2012 for her quilt Thomas goes fishing • Second Place in Vermont Quilt Festival of 2014 for her quilt Bienvenue • Second Place in Salon 2016 for her Lone Star quilt, and • Second Place in Vermont Quilt Festival 2016 for her quilt Remembering Sotchi. Her quilt Remembering Sotchi will be part of the Special Exhibit "A Celebration of Color" at the Quilt Festival in Chicago and Houston in 2018.

2 Comments

  1. Valerie Boode

    Great pattern, thanks for sharing.

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