Quilt patterns don’t have to be difficult. Sometimes you canmake a beautiful patchwork quilt just through colour placement. I’ve named this quilt colour shades for obvious reasons and it measures 52″ square.
1/2 yard of white, pattern blue and purple blue fabrics
3/4 yard of light blue and 1.1/4 yards of black blue
Making the quilt blocks
I separated the blue fabrics into two pairs of colours with light and dark in each pairing. Cut 2.1/2″ strips of fabric and sew them together in pairs. Press with the seam allowance towards the dark fabric and cut into 4.1/2″ lengths – this gives you 4.1/2″ squares which form a quarter of the quilt block.
Take four squares from each fabric pairing and place them with the dark half nearest the middle as shown. Sew the squares together in pairs and then sew the pairs together to make a square. This is the basic quilt block.
You will need eight blocks in black blue/patterned blue, fourteen blocks in purple blue/light blue, four squares in white/patterned blue, four squares in white/light blue and six squares in black blue/white. You should get two quilt blocksfrom each pair of strips.
Making up the quilt
The quilt is made using six rows of six blocks with the colour running across the diagonal. The first row (from left to right) is one black blue/pattern blue block, one purple blue/light blue block, one light blue/white block, one black blue/white block, one light blue/purple blue block and one black blue/blue pattern block.
That order is then repeated but moved along by one block in each row. The second row begins with a light blue/purple block followed by a black blue/patterned blue block. In each row each block is moved one across to the right to follow the diagonal lines.
Colour shades quilt border
For the quilt border I used 2.1/2″ strips of the black blue fabric to give a good strong frame. Make up two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 52.1/2″ for the sides of the quilt. The colour shades quilt is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video: