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For the love of buttons – making a modern button quilt

by Jean Boyd

 

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

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6 comments

Annabrown January 5, 2019 - 10:47 pm

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

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Jean Boyd January 6, 2019 - 8:17 am

Thanks Anna. Glad you enjoyed this post on QUILTsocial!

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Barbara woods January 5, 2019 - 10:40 am

Great pattern

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Jean Boyd January 5, 2019 - 10:42 am

Thanks Barbara. Glad you liked it!

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Janice L. December 12, 2018 - 8:56 pm

I LOVE this button quilt!

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Jean Boyd December 13, 2018 - 8:36 am

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

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