August in a quilt top


Ah, the end of summer. I both hate to see it come, yet enjoy the change of seasons, all at the same time. This year feels like it brings a bigger change as Max will be heading off to Kindergarten (what? how did that happen so fast?). I enjoy the thought of getting a bit more time for sewing, but we’ll see how that goes. I have big plans to get unfinished quilts done, so hopefully it’ll actually happen!


But this quilt. This one wasn’t one I was planning, which makes it all the better. As I mentioned, I enjoyed getting the chance to pick a bundle for the Stash Fabrics Design Star club. As a bonus, I received this bundle in the mail (thank you, Stash Fabrics!), and felt that since it was the bundle for August, I should do my best to sew up a quilt top before the end of the month.


I decided on this simple, yet fun design which pairs a square in square block with a plain square of fabric, sewn like a half square triangle (clear? wait, what? quick tutorial if you’d like…). I swear there was something I saw online that triggered this idea, but I’ve spent a while looking and can’t seem to find the inspiration… if you’ve seen it, let me know – I’d love to credit! (As an aside, anyone have any experience with memory loss after children? Mine’s not coming back, and it’s bad!!)

Edited to add: I found it! (inspiration photo here) I knew I would if I looked long enough! Interestingly enough, the colors even match those I used for this quilt (I didn’t remember that being the case – kinda funny!)


I played around with the design for a while – having the little inner triangles face various different directions, and playing with the colors – and ultimately decided I liked the randomness of this layout. I cheated and added a couple extra solids to get this up to a larger size, but for the most part this is just the fabrics included in the fat quarter bundle.


I already ordered the perfect backing (here, in case you’re wondering), and look forward to getting this one finished!

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27 Responses to August in a quilt top

  1. 1
    Marie T Zaczkowski says:

    I’d love a tutorial for this one.

  2. 2
    Dottie says:

    The backing could not be more perfect! Love the colors and pattern of your quilt top. Absolutely inspiring.

  3. 3
    jan altomare says:

    Such a beautiful quilt. Can’t wait to see the finish with the great backing.

  4. 4
    Annmarie says:

    Wonderful quilt – love your design. Love your backing choice too. Missing Henry pic 🙁

  5. 5
    Anna says:

    I love this quilt! Also, the memory loss is real… I’m sorry! I used to be able to do Math in my head but now I struggle remembering my facts!

  6. 6
    Katie says:

    Lovely fabrics! It’s very similar to Bijou Lovely’s Chromatic Quilt.

  7. 8
    Robby says:

    Terrific quilt from such a simple idea. That backing is gorgeous.

  8. 9
    diane says:

    My friend says that she lost brain cells with every baby and now she says her brain is shrinking! 🙂
    Lovely design, would love to know how you did it!

  9. 10
    Bdaiss says:

    Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes to loving this design (and nope, never seen one like it before). Yes to a tutorial please. And yes to losing more and more brain cells with each kid. Oy…

  10. 11
    Pat S says:

    Yes, I really like this. Would love to see how. Will I ever make one? Probably not, but one can dream.

  11. 12
    Melanie C says:

    Love this! A tutorial would be appreciated!!!

  12. 13
    JeanV says:

    I ALWAYS love your quilts, and use your tutorials to make them! Therefore, I,too, would like a tutorial for this quilt. I joined Stash monthly to get your curated bundle!:) Thank you so much! (Kid pictures, please! They make me smile!) -Jean

  13. 14
    Rosemary Bolton says:

    Awwwww this is AWESOME SAUCE
    I love grey and pink and black this is super pretty

  14. 15
    Karen Grissen says:

    Love everything about this quilt and you are right, the backing is perfect! Would LOVE a tutorial. :o)

  15. 16
    Nicole says:

    My jaw dropped when I saw the backing fabric you had selected. It really is perfect. I would love love love a tutorial for this. It’s gorgeous!

  16. 17
    Laura says:

    So pretty! You do such a great job of coming up with simple designs using patchwork with great shapes that pack a nice graphic punch.

  17. 18
    Paige says:

    Great color combo and the backing is perfect! Kindergarten, oh my! Time does fly!

  18. 19
    Pam says:

    YES….tutorial please. Really like this quilt. Thanks!

  19. 20
    Donna says:

    I super like this quilt and would love a tutorial. Thank you!

  20. 21
    Carla says:

    Tutorial, pretty please!

  21. 22
    Rosemary Bolton says:

    I love this collection of fabrics you made. Is it listed at Stash fabrics??
    I want I want
    Your quilt is super pretty
    I adore the backing you chose too

  22. 23
    Ann says:

    Id love a tutorial. You always have such clever ways of making something look intricate from a simple block design. These colours have inspired me and I’m browsing my stash to see how I can make it happen. Brain cell loss? What are brain cells? If I had any they’re gone now.

  23. 24
    Beverly says:

    I noticed a pattern on that they claim to have designed and featured in a 2015 quilt sampler magazine. I mention this to you because it is exactly the same as one featured on your blog about 5 yrs ago. Are you associated with thepatchworkco?

  24. 25
    Lisa McIsaac says:

    This is similar to the free Yuma quilt pattern from Gotham Quilts. Could that be your inspiration?

  25. 26

    A very similar looking quilt is here : or here :
    But it looks like you made squares and cut them in half on the diagonal versus doing the tube construction. I love yours~

  26. 27
    Beth T. says:

    oh, yes please to the tutorial!

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