144 Patch Quilt

By | March 26, 2017

What does one do with an excess of 2″ black and various colour pieces of fabric? If you are me, you end up making a 144 patch 18″ quilt block with no plan in mind for said block.

I showed a picture to my friend Bonnie and she suggested I use some green with the block. I auditioned some green with the block and quite liked it. 

Even though I liked it I had no real plans for the block so nothing more happened with it other than getting put into a box of quilt “spare parts”.

While looking at big block baby quilts I saw this picture

It’s a picture of a quilt available for purchase on Craftsy that is 90″ square. While I wasn’t interested in purchasing a pattern for this quilt, or making something 90″ square it did give me an idea how to set that 144 patch block I had set aside some months ago. Green star points would set this quilt off nicely.

So stash digging I went looking for a suitable green and a neutral, did some math and created 8 half square 9.5″ green and white triangles that will finish at 9″ in the quilt.

Perfect, other than what do with the corners. I knew immediately I didn’t want plain corners. That would be just too bland.  I found a black and multicoloured 16 patch and auditioned that in in the corners but it was two overpowering. I then auditioned a 9-patch block and knew I had found what I was looking for.

The 9-patch blocks finished at 4.5″  which meant I’d need 2.25′ strips around the block to make to make the blocks 9″. So after doing some quilt-y math I cut 2.75″ strips of my neutral and made what are essentially a 9″ modified Happy Blocks.

Here is the finished quilt top. It’s 36″ square and the perfect sized for a baby quilt. Once quilted and bound it will likely go to the guild’s charity quilt program for donation.

Linking to Main Crush Mondays, Oh Scrap, and Monday Making

10 thoughts on “144 Patch Quilt

  1. Bonnie

    I really like how this turned out. I often go to Google or Pinterest for inspiration too. They are great resources!

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    1. Yummy Post author

      And thank you for your help. Your idea of green in this quilt is what made it!

      Reply
  2. Jayne

    What a perfectly lovely quilt! I often do exactly as you do — make something and then wait for “inspiration ” – which sometimes is a long time coming! And you’re donating it- that’s lovely, too!

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  3. Cynthia Brunz

    Great solution for that lovely scrappy block. I really like how you floated the corner blocks. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  4. KatieQ

    What a great idea! I think lots of quilters have pieces squirreled away just waiting for the right idea to come along. It’s wonderful when a suggestion leads to a perfect solution. I absolutely love this quilt.

    Reply
  5. AnnieO

    Very clever way to redesign a spur of the moment block into a great quilt!

    Reply

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