It’s finished! A modified bento box quilt.


This one’s done! It’s still busy and it still makes me a little dizzy, but as expected, I am liking it more now that it’s completed.

For those who may not have seen the original post about this quilt, this is my take on the bento box quilt. I thought it might add a little interest to add a few more pieces to each block and to change the width of the strips a bit. A tutorial is posted here on the way I constructed these blocks.


I quilted it with a random meandering, using a light gray thread. (I use Mettler thread, and I can only say good things about it!) Initially I wasn’t sure I liked the gray on this quilt – it ended up being quite noticeable on the lighter backing, but I decided I could live with it (I just couldn’t bear the thought of ripping it all out to start again!)


The binding is a great turquoise stripe from the Lizzy House Red Letter Day line. And I’ve already shown you the back, but here it is again.


I wanted something simple, since the front is kind of busy, so these wide solid stripes seemed like a good idea. Of course I couldn’t resist adding in just a few other pieces of some of the prints from the front!

This one is on the smallish side, measuring about 40″ x 54″. I kept it small so I’d have enough of these fabrics for the second version (coming soon!)

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54 Responses to It’s finished! A modified bento box quilt.

  1. 1
    Whitney says:

    Nice pics! So glad the sun has been out for you…
    and the quilt’s not bad either. The rugby stripes definitely help to calm down the dizzying effects of the front.

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    Emily says:

    This is gorgeous…I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for that tutorial!

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    Cara says:

    Beautiful. This is a perfect example of how quilting really makes a quilt top shine. Love it.

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    Pamela S says:

    Its even more fabulous quilted!! Can’t wait to see the tutorial – I may try it on a quilt back for my present project.

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    Carrie says:

    The all over meander quilting really tones down the business. It looks great and so colorful!

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    Sara says:

    I love it! Can’t wait for the tutorial!!

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    Jackie says:

    Love the quilt and your picture with the flowers in front of it. I can’t wait to see your tutorial.

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    Melanie says:

    I love that it has a lot of energy to it!!

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    Sophia says:

    It is SO beautiful!!! I love it and cannot wait for the tutorial, and for the second quilt to be done!!! (no pressure šŸ™‚

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    kerri says:

    i love how it turned out, and the colors are gorgeous together!! another great one, ashely!! you always amaze me!!

    one question. do you graph all your quilts before you start? there is always such balance, and just wondering if you piece as you go or if you have it all graphed out.

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    heather says:

    i REALLY like this modified version!! it really adds to the quilt. i don’t think it’s to busy at all but that’s because i like more!!:)

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    amanda says:

    it’s lovely ashley! and I spot some green gnomes there!

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    Chantry says:

    I really love the optical illusion that is created…it makes me dizzy and I’m not complaining!
    Love it.

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    Sarah says:

    I love this! I’m so glad you’re posting a how-to, this will be perfect for the twin-sized quilt I want to start soon.

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    Liz says:

    Beautiful! I suspect I will be bookmarking your tutorial and putting it straight on my to-do wish list! šŸ™‚

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    Jamie AZ says:

    I love, love, love it! Even though it’s busy, I just love the design. Adding a modified Bento to the list. It’s probably got a 2012 estimated completion date at this point! šŸ™‚

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    Juliana says:

    It’s amazing. the colors are really great. Thank you for putting a tut together. I am really looking forward to it šŸ™‚

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    Mary on Lake Pulaski says:

    It’s a great quilt. So happy you will be telling us how you constructed it.

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    Madison says:

    It looks amazing! I love all the colors and prints. You can’t help but smile when you look at it…

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    Mary Beth says:

    I have been following your blog and i think you are the most amazing quilter/sewer. So prolific and everything so beautiful and expertly done. You are very inspiring and I have the urge to finally give it a try. I inquired in a fabric store recently about the classes they offered and I found out that all the quilt finishing is sent out and cost “OMG” $300. minimum. Ok, this is an ancient art, women have been doing this for centuries without losing the house on finishing. My question for you is “Is this normal or was I just in the upscale, pretensious little town over the hill?”

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    isa says:

    Gorgeous, I love all the colors!

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    Cynthia I says:

    LOVE IT! Those colors are amazing. Well done.

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    nettie says:

    i LOVE this quilt ashley, and may just have to copy it!!!

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    Jane Swanson says:

    So stunning. You are an amazing quilter! I will look forward to your tutorial. Just. Love. It. So. Much.
    The photography with the flowers is amazing as well.

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    kaite says:

    i love it! especially with all those flowers.

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    Kate says:

    Fantastic take on the bento..the differing widths give the quilt some ‘spark’. Love it!

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    I love it! It doesn’t look too busy in the photo, and your fabrics work well together. I’d love to give this pattern a try.

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    Terri says:

    Wow, it’s really beautiful! I love the movement of the colors. And I love that narrow patchwork across the backing, making it fun and fresh.

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    Angie says:

    Ashley, I’ve been following your blog for a few weeks. Each new quilt is more inspiring and stunning than the one before. This one makes me think of a perfect summer day. . . Not sure what you do in your “real job”, but quilting certainly seems to be your calling. . . . I see a book in your future . . it’d be a winner!

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    Tif says:

    Beautiful!!! And I do love the color of the binding! It just brings everything together!

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    Dallas says:

    Wow, it looks fantastic! So fresh and springy!

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    Thought you didn’t feel like quilting in the summer, but I must say I am stunned. About the speed with which you put new quilts together and about this quilt specifically. Just love it! Enjoy your time quilting!

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    Rebecca says:

    I love this quilt! I can’t wait for the tutorial!! The bento quilt is on my list- but your modified bento might have just taken its spot!

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    Aoife says:

    Amazing. I think it should be called ‘vertigo’ for it’s dizzying effect and it kind of reminds of the graphics usually seen at the start of an Alfred Hitchcock movie. A lovely quilt!

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    Sara says:

    I really, really, really love this quilt. Can’t decide if it’s the colors or the pattern. Maybe a combination of both.

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    Jessica says:

    I can’t believe how much I love this quilt! I don’t know that I would ever have put so many colors together like that, but it is just calling out to me to make one. SO gorgeous!

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    Jessica says:

    Okay, so what I meant was that I wouldn’t have THOUGHT of putting all those colors together, but they look fabulous together!

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    jaybird says:

    i love the back!!! i need to stat making my backs more creative!

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    sheree says:

    lovely quilt! and congrats, you’ve won some fabric!! get in touch so I can send you your goodies.


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    amandajean says:

    this quilt is amazing! what a beautiful finish!

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    leanne says:

    thanks for all the inspirational work. I love all of the quilts. They all have a special charm. How was sewing the double gauze hexagons? did the material stretch a lot. I’m going to start a quilt with double gauze but my sewing teacher recommended I do all the piecing by hand to keep it soft. what do you think?! looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

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    Crystal says:

    AHH…I have tried to make this blanket twice and always in the end I end up not getting any of the lines straight and equalling up together! I thought I was measuring very well and my seaming are almost right one. Is there a trick or anything or something that I am doing wrong? Is it harder with so many strips should I try to regular one? I don’t know what else to try with it, and frankly it is really discouraging.

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    Cindy Schiesser says:

    This my favorite quilt of all time. I love the colors and uneven strips. Not too busy at all. Just gorgeous!!!

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    Kelly Irene says:

    Thank you for posting the tutorial to this as well. I’m hosting my quilting bee this month, and we’re using your tutorial to make my quilt! Your work is beautiful.

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    Sheila says:

    Hi! I just ran across this page when looking for a new quilt pattern to try after almost 10 years of not piecing at all. I have one question about it, in case you are still checking comments on this quilt: Is there any way to offset the seams? I’m worried that the seams will be too bulky where they meet, if the seams aren’t going opposite directions. Thanks!

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    BeeBlessed says:

    Hi. Ive just come across this quilt and have loved making the Modified Bento Block. I set blocks for a charity quilting Bee ( which some of the quilting bloggers make up and post to us in Northern Ireland. I would love to set this for April and link to you. I hope that’s ok.

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