As a 2021 Island Batik Ambassador, I get to participate in monthly challenges to use the products provided by Island Batik and the other sponsors. The February challenge is to make a quilt for charity.
Quilters are very generous, and most quilt guilds participate in charity work. My own quilt guild, Pieces and Patches Quilters just heard of an organization that supports front line medical workers that are suffering from PTSD. We are investigating working with them to give encouragement quilts.
For this, I needed a large quilt. Since I didn’t have a lot of time, I made an Easy Squares Quilt. This quilt pattern is easy to customize to whatever size you want. If you need help with the math, check out my ebook, Choose Your Own Adventure – Easy Squares.
Even though this is a simple pattern, the fabric makes it beautiful. I used the Garden Gems collection by Kathy Engle. I love the bright jewel tones in this fabric.
I decided to use purple and pink prints for the large squares and green and yellow for the small squares. I cut all the squares, then joined them randomly.
It is hard for me to do random piecing. I always want to overthink it. In the end, I just made sure that fabric touched itself as little as possible and tried to have a balanced layout, especially with the pink. Having a deadline helped to just do it without worrying about it.
In the end, it is pretty balanced and the fabrics glow. I call it Gems in the Garden for the beautiful fabric.
The windowpane quilting lines are stitched with bright pink Aurifil thread. This simple quilting design is perfect for quilts made with squares.
I love how this quilt turned out.
Why not consider this pattern for your own quick and easy charity quilt?
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