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For the love of buttons – making a modern button quilt


Yesterday I gave you the cutting instructions for the little button quilt. We’ll be using buttons from the bottle o’ buttons blue collection. Now, let’s start sewing!


Button quilt mounted on a 12" x 16" Artist's Canvas
Button quilt mounted on a 12″ x 16″ Artist’s Canvas


For each block 1 you’ll need

  • 1 – 1½” square from fabric 1
  • 2 – 1″ x 1½” and 2 – 1″ x 2½” black strips
  • 2 – 1½” x 4½” and 2 – 1½” x 2½” strips from fabric 2

For each block 2 you’ll need

  • 1 – 1½” square from fabric 2
  • 2 – 1¼” x 1½” and 2 – 1¼” x 3″ black strips
  • 2 – 1¼” x 4½” and 2 – 1¼” x 3″ strips from fabric 1

Here are the strips for block 2 all laid out and ready to sew.


Strips for block 2
Strips for block 2


  • Sew the black strips to the center square. Because the blocks are small and I didn’t want to distort the shape by pressing, I just finger-pressed all the seams as I went along.


Sew black strips to the center square.
Sew black strips to the center square.


  • Now sew the 1¼” fabric 1 strips to the outside edges.


Sew on the 1¼" fabric 1 strips.
Sew on the 1¼” fabric 1 strips.


  • Press the block carefully, without steam, so you don’t distort the shape.
  • The block should measure 4½” x 4½”.
  •  Make 2 more block 2.


Completed block 2
Completed block 2


  • Make 3 block 1 in the same way, using the remaining 1″ and 1½” strips.


Completed block 1
Completed block 1


Come back tomorrow and I’ll show how to finish this little quilt and sew on the buttons from the bottle o’ buttons collection by machine!


This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1: Button, button…bottle o’ buttons

Go to part 3: How to mount a quilted piece on an artist canvas

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past several years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts.


  1. Annabrown

    Very very cute will have to give this a try… tytyty for sharing your talents.

    • Thanks Anna. Glad you enjoyed this post on QUILTsocial!

  2. Barbara woods

    Great pattern

    • Thanks Barbara. Glad you liked it!

  3. Janice L.

    I LOVE this button quilt!

    • Thanks Janice. They are fun to make and the size can easily be changed to suit your needs.

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