solid friendship quilt top


I always feel I have to explain my quilt names, which I suppose means they’re not really named as well as they might be. I’m stumped each and every time, and nearly every time I show Morgan a photo and ask his opinion. Unfortunately he’s usually as stumped as I am (maybe more stumped? Next time I’ll list his suggestions and then you’ll see!). After asking him about this one, I pointed out that it was reminding me of a friendship bracelet, and a quick google image search told me I was right. The fabrics are Alissa Haight Carlton’s Modern Solids, so ‘solid friendship’ it is.


But I’m getting ahead of myself! You may have seen that Alissa designed a line of solids called Modern Solids II – they’re crossweaves (warp and weft threads are two different colors which come together to make the color you see), and as such have a beautiful depth that other solids don’t have. She was so nice to send me a fat quarter bundle ages ago, and while I wanted to immediately sew with them, well, you know how things go. A while back I drew up a little design while coloring with Max (oh man – it was 4 months ago!), but then it was set aside again. After I finished my Liberty Jubilee quilt, I was inspired to pull this one back out, since it also used half rectangle triangles.


I drew out the design multiple times, using colored pencils to kind of give me a guide for the colors, and from there it was pretty easy to determine how many I needed of each color. Half rectangle triangles are not quite as easy as half square triangles, but I love the look (I talked a bit about making half rectangle triangles in this tutorial). A Bloc Loc ruler seems as though it would make this process easier, but I don’t have one, so this time around I attempted to paper piece it. It mostly worked, though please don’t look closely, because there are definitely a lot of points that don’t line up! Luckily it’s not that noticeable from a distance, so overall I’m still pleased!


My usual quilt holder-upper was working, so Max attempted to fill his shoes. A good effort for sure, but he might need to get a bit taller first!

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23 Responses to solid friendship quilt top

  1. 1

    I love those colors! And what a puzzle this must have been. The result is just spectacular!

  2. 2
    Karen says:

    I like to name my quilts as well and occasionally get stumped

  3. 4
    Penny G says:

    So cute that Max was willing to help with this very important task. He should get extra hugs a while. Your children are just so darned cute!

  4. 5
    Kathy says:

    Love this design! Love the picture of Max under the quilt!

  5. 6
    Pat S says:

    Beautiful quilt. Love your little helper.

  6. 7
    Vicky says:

    Beautiful quilt! I love the fabrics too.

  7. 8
    Beth says:

    Great design!
    By the time he’s tall enough, he may not want to help.

  8. 9
    Barb R says:

    Beautiful quilt top! Bold use of those colors. I like it. How do you think you will quilt it?

  9. 10
    jodi says:

    Oooh, this quilt really speaks to me – love the colors and the simplicity of it. Good thing Max held on tightly – it looks like it could have gone for a dunking!

  10. 11

    Max is a pretty cute substitute and the quilt is lovely and strong like Max!

  11. 12
    Audrie says:

    Love this!!! And Max is a very good apprentice quilt holder-upper! Hehe 🙂

  12. 13
    Myrto says:

    This is a fantastic quilt! It really made my day just looking at it! Thank you Ashley.

  13. 14
    Miya says:

    Beautiful! This is a newbie question, but is there a reason you have to use triangles for this design instead of strip piecing the whole thing like a log cabin?

  14. 15
    jody deschenes says:

    i really LOL’ed at the last photo…too cute. don’t feel like you have to explain your names – mine usually ONLY make sense/mean something to me, and i like it that way (:

  15. 16
    Calee says:

    Love the color combination. I really should work with solids more often, but patterns sucker me into buying them. Nice job.

  16. 17
    Kelly O. says:

    I think you are a talented quilt namer 🙂

  17. 18
    barbara woods says:

    beautiful quilt

  18. 19
    Margaret says:

    L.O.V.E. everything about this!

  19. 20
    anna says:

    it’s gorgeous! and so so nice meeting you and Hazel.

  20. 21
    Colleen says:

    Gorgeous! I really love this quilt, and the background scenery is great.

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    Charlcie Guthery says:

    Is there a pattern for the friendship bracelet quilt? I just now saw it.

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