My beginner quilting class that starts up in February will be making a simple patchwork quilt. We will cut 5" squares and sew them together. At first I resisted teaching such a simple pattern, but then I realized how many different ways there are to do simple patchwork! I have made three of these quilts myself, two in the last year.
First is a baby quilt I made for some friends who were expecting. Of course, I dilly-dallied at getting the quilt started and needed something fast.
Of course, it ended up being a bit smaller than I would have liked (24" by 36"). But I'll save the topic of "how big should a baby quilt be?" for another post! In my haste, I forgot to take a picture of the finished quilt. Please, people, always take pictures of your quilts before you gift them! It's just nice to capture a permanent memory of your hard work before you give it away.
I also made a quilt for my youngest daughter in a simple patchwork squares pattern.
My mother bought me a custom fat quarter bundle of mainly Bonnie & Camille "Ruby" fabric from fabricworm years ago. (That fabric line is actually being reprinted!) I added a bunch of other prints and solids from my stash.
This one finished at about 42" by 52". Like in the other quilt, I laid out the squares randomly.
I have one last quilt that uses a simple patchwork grid, but with a different arrangement.
This was a quilt I made for my first baby, before I knew what I was having. It's just squares (lots and lots of them!) but sewn using a shortcut method. The pattern is from Elizabeth Hartman's first book, "The Practical Guide to Patchwork". This one uses colorful squares alternating with plain white squares for a checkerboard look. This is another way to spice up a simple patchwork quilt!
I hope I demonstrated how versatile simple patchwork squares can be! If you want to learn how to make a simple patchwork quilt from start to finish, please contact me. Classes are starting up in February. I hope to see you there :)