sunny squares


(Ok, they’re not actually squares, but ‘sunny rectangles’ just doesn’t have the same ring to it!)

I started this quilt back in February, while I was dreaming of spring. To bring a little spring to an otherwise dreary February, I selected all of my favorite bright and sunny colored fabrics. I like this simple design, as it really allows you to show a nice big piece of favorite fabrics, and of course, they look so great set off by the alternating white rectangles.


This one is for our bed and it was actually the first time I made a queen sized quilt. It’s quite large, and I hadn’t really worked out the logistics of putting something so large together! I had to baste it in our bedroom, after moving everything out of one side of the room.

I finished the quilting and binding over the weekend and yesterday I found some volunteers at the beach to hold it up for a little photo shoot. While my aunts tried to make sure they weren’t part of the photo


my cousins wanted to be front and center…


For the back, I decided to go with a solid again. I went for pink this time, mainly because that’s what my local quilting shop had in stock. I added a few white vertical stripes with just a touch of some patchwork sections.


The binding is a nice brown and pink medallion print from the Flea Market Fancy line.


After washing, it measures about 84″ x 92″. Now that I’ve managed to do one queen sized quilt, I’m kind of ready for a second – maybe one for the guest room bed?

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41 Responses to sunny squares

  1. 1
    Sara says:

    Holy moly, lady, look at you go! I can’t believe how fast you work. And it’s just gorgeous.

    I really love this pattern. Is this a pattern of your own creation? I’d really love to make a similar one some day.

    So pretty. Thanks for sharing!

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    Whitney says:

    SO big! Congratulations on finishing your first queen… one of many to come, i’m sure. (and that picture of jamie and augusta is really cute!)

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    jacquie says:

    love this…queen size definitely requires a bit of quilt wrestling!

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    Amy says:

    Digging the new machine? The quilt is beautiful – and those kids are pretty cute also!

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    Kim says:

    Awesome! I like how the Big Dock is getting some play 🙂

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    Liz says:

    Love, love, love! And you’re right, what a great and interesting way to show off nice big pieces of fabric that you love. I’m so impressed on the queen size! As it is, my machine and I have major wrestling matches over twin size, so I’m not ready to make the leap yet. 🙂

  7. 7

    The rectangles remind me of windows…windows to the world.

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    Alissa says:

    It’s so beautiful! And isn’t it fun when the quilt covers the whole bed?? And do you handstitch your bindings?? You’re so fast if so! Amazing!

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    Cristin says:

    Really lovely! I adore using as many prints as possible! Well done on the queen size too! I’ve made one… and not excited about making another – especially with the scant floor space our condo provides 😉

  10. 10

    Great finish! Doing something so large gives a new sense of accomplishment 🙂

  11. 11
    Marlene says:

    I bet that big quilt took some man-handling! What a great quilt to add to your collection – very nice. – Marlene

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    kerri says:

    oh, i LOVE it!! and what cute pictures at the beach!! my kiddos love to hop into the pictures too. 🙂

  13. 13
    beki says:

    Absolutely fabulous, I love it!! The pink backing is perfect 🙂

  14. 14
    Rayna says:

    I’m a fairly novice quilter and trying to make quilts for my twin girls. I’m doing 6″ squares and I pieced them into rows but my rows don’t line up! How do you do your piecing? what’s your secret?

  15. 15

    Love the quilt, and the back is beautiful! The kids are cute. Wow, Ashley, great job on the quilting. I’m still too chicken to do it myself. Especially something that large. Way to go!

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    Isa says:

    It looks great.

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    beth says:

    it’s beautiful…can i have one for my house too? 🙂

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    Faith says:

    WOW, that’s huge! And beautiful! And to think you were just quilting it last night – I don’t know how you get the binding done so fast!

  20. 20
    andi says:

    Really gorgeous.
    Especially with the sun shining through!!
    Andi 🙂

  21. 21
    Kyla says:

    BEAUTIFUL pictures!!! Congratulations on finishing the quilt. The quilt looks great with the water behind it. Hope to see more coming. 🙂

  22. 22
    Bre says:

    Another beautiful quilt. How long have you been sewing for?

  23. 23
    Kate says:

    Lovely quilt! I really like the solid backing with the strips of white.

  24. 24
    gale lewis says:

    This quilt is so beautiful! I cannot imagine trying to quilt a queen size on my home machine. You were brave and it paid off. I love looking at your projects.

  25. 25
    Kat says:

    Queen sized quilts are addictive. Everything else seems… too small. I’m proud to report that, after lots of careful training with twin-sized quilts, I am now able to make lap quilts and be okay with it. Totally.

  26. 26
    Shasta says:

    It is a beautiful quilt. I really like looking at modern quilts – and one of these days I might manage to make one of them myself.

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    Jenny says:

    Just lovely. Cute cousins too!

  29. 29
    Ann Champion says:

    Gorgeous quilt! The quilting looks fantastic and your choice of pattern shows off those pretty fabrics very nicely. 🙂 I really like the back too..truly a reversible quilt!

  30. 30
    Jackie says:

    Beautiful models, beautiful quilt! I especially like the binding fabric.

  31. 31
    jaybird says:

    love the picture with the kids and the light shining through!!! sooo beautiful!

  32. 32
    Joan says:

    Nice job — very pretty quilt. Doesn’t it feel like quite the accomplishment to finish a queen?

  33. 33
    Dolores says:

    I think you should use your cousins more often when displaying your quilts. They sure are cute.

  34. 34
    Clare says:

    It’s beautiful, as usual! Do own a longarm? Or do you free motion on your regular machine?

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    Karen says:

    It’s just gorgeous!!! I love the backing. Honestly, sometimes I can’t decide if I like the back of your quilts more than the fronts – it’s like you’ve done two quilts in one.

    Congrats on finishing a queen size quilt – that is quite an accomplishment, especially all that stippling!

    Great work! Cute cousins too! 🙂

  36. 36
    bonnie says:

    great quilt. it always feels wonderful when you finish up a quilt.

  37. 37
    KateKwiltz says:

    It’s beautiful! Congrats on the finish — and great photos!

  38. 38
    Sophie says:

    The quilt is simply beautiful! Just love your work!

    I am just about to start on my very first quilt and I was wondering, what was the size of the quilt before washing?

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    julie green says:

    that picture with the kids is awesome. what hams.

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    Sharon S says:

    lovely quilt, gorgeous kids.

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    thischica says:

    i would have named this one “mail”

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