tiny rectangles of many colors

I’m obviously running out of quilt name ideas! Tiny rectangles… well, ok. Ever since I made my 2×4 quilt top (tutorial here), I’ve wanted to make another in scrappy fabrics. I thought about remaking that one, but then decided to play around with the measurements and make 20 patch blocks (is that a thing? I know I’ve seen a lot of 16 patch blocks…)

Anyway, these are kind of fun because the pieces within the blocks are tiny rectangles rather than squares. It also only uses 2 – 3″ x wof strip (one of each fabric) for each block. I initially attempted to pull together an actual color palette for this one, but then in the end just added in everything I liked that was readily available.

There’s a bunch of Cotton + Steel, some favorite Umbrella Prints (those hearts!), a bit of Carolyn Friedlander, some Denyse and a few Anna Maria Horner prints and a bunch of japanese text prints. I love it for all its color!

I contemplated making it king sized, but then came to my senses! Someday I’ll make another king sized quilt, but for now I’m going to enjoy smaller quilts that I may have a chance of finishing!

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26 Responses to tiny rectangles of many colors

  1. 1
    Aileen says:

    I love this quilt. The colours are beautiful. If the 20 patch wasn’t a thing before, it is now! It really works.

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    Emily Bailey says:

    All that wonderful color! I love it! How could one not

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    Laura says:

    Great way to use up your scraps. I think I’ll start making these squares as I finish other projects. After a while of saving up these blocks I’ll have a “free” quilt. Thanks for the idea!

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    Little Quiltsong says:

    Love this!!

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    darci says:

    Maybe it’s a “Burlington 20 patch” ha ha!

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    darci says:

    And I’m all about fast finishes and simple patch work lately. don’t be surprised if you see one of these in my IG feed

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    Nicole Beauchamp says:

    All those colours,just the way I like it. So beautiful against the snow. I live on the south East coast of Australia and haven’t seen much snow. Thanks for sharing another beautiful quilt.

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    Nicole Beauchamp says:

    All those colours,just the way I like it. So beautiful against the snow. I live on the south East coast of Australia and haven’t seen much snow. Thanks for sharing another beautiful quilt..

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    Kate says:

    You have such a talent for combining colours. I’ve been looking at 16 patch quilts this week (planning, planning…) but this is so much cooler!

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    Kaholly says:

    It’s delightful! How about Cobbles?

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    Sandra says:

    Great quilt. What are the measurements of the squares? Finished 2 1/2 x ?

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    Debbie says:

    I love it. It is such a cool illusion. You glance at it and say yeah 16 patch. Then you study it and see that it is not. Neat idea.

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    janequiltsslowly says:

    Perfect! Love it!

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    Ioleen says:

    Love this. Great way to use up scraps. This will definitely work as a leader/ended project. Thanks for posting.

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    Ruth says:

    20/20 Vision (of loveliness), 20/20 Vision of Colour …. or just 20/20 Vision

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    Rosemary Bolton says:

    This is a happy fun quilt. I love it

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    Annmarie says:

    Very cool quilt! You come up with such great ideas!

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    Penny Huck says:

    I love this, but how can you run out of quilt ideas? šŸ™‚

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    Susan LONG says:

    It’s a beauty!

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    Ronnie says:

    Love it, what a great project. What size are the strips cut 3ā€ X ??. And what size are the finished blocks? And would this work with fat quarters if I doubled the number of strips? Gotta try this, but Iā€™m not good with math!

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    Becky says:

    This is such a happy quilt! Great job. šŸ™‚

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    Sue says:

    Love this idea! Could you give us the sizes of the squares, please, pretty please?

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    jody deschenes says:

    love. now you have me needing to decide what size to go for. i think i’ll stick with the 2×4 since it’s fq friendly. i love that you’re getting black into everything and even brown. and that your designs always look truly random, NOT ‘evenly distributed’. for example, most people would not have done a block with black and black. and it’s exactly the thing that gives your quilts the interest that they have. they make our eyes move and our brains contemplate, sometimes even struggle. a little bit modern Gee’s Bend. love that!

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    Vicki says:

    I read where your strips are 3″ X width of fabric. But after they are sewn together what size did you cut the sewn strips? And can you use fat quarters? šŸ˜Š

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