Finished: Squares and Strips Bed Quilt

This quilt took 3 days to make…the quilter 1 week to quilt…and 6 weeks for me to get the motivation to bind it.  Geesh.  I’m so glad I finally found that motivation though because I love it.
The backing is a flat sheet.
I get lots of questions about using flat sheets as backings.  I buy them when I see single flat sheets on sale if they are good quality, then I wash/dry them and trim off the edges.  It’s a heck-o-lot cheaper than buying designer yardage and if you buy nice sheets they feel the same or better.
The quilting was done by my friend Kathy.
She did that freehand…which requires a lot of patience…which is why I am not a long arm quilter.  It adds such a beautiful texture to a super simple quilt.  If you need quilting she is affordable and fabulous.
The tutorial and a photo of the whole quilt top can be found here.

62 Responses to Finished: Squares and Strips Bed Quilt

  1. Sherryl August 22, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    You have such a wonderful eye for color and pattern – I love the way this simple quilt turned out! Lovely.

  2. Carla August 22, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    It looks lovely!!

  3. gale August 22, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    Beautiful quilt. I have yet another question. When you buy sheets for backings, do you look for a certain thread count or worry about what it's made from (cotton, poly, etc)? Does your prep, whether you prewash the sheets, depend on whether the fabrics in the top are prewashed or not?

  4. trish August 22, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    Love your quilt! :o)
    Kathy does such beautiful work!

  5. Alia August 22, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

    Beautiful! thanks for the reminder tip on the sheets – great excuse to buy some linens!

  6. Angie August 22, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    It is so wonderful!!! I want it to be chilly and have that quilt right here so I can wrap up in it and have my morning coffee/bedtime tea, please. :D

  7. Julia August 22, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    Woohoo! but at the end of the day..
    IT'S done…and thats the MAIN thing :o)
    PS… I use sheets for backing as well!

  8. MM Quilts and Embroidery August 22, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    Your quilt is just gorgeous!

  9. Jacqueline August 22, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

    That quilting pattern suits the quilt perfectly.

  10. Jacqueline August 22, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

    That quilting pattern suits the quilt perfectly.

  11. Schulz Family August 22, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

    Absolutely gorgeous. Love the patchwork. Love the quilting. I also use flat sheets for my backings.

  12. sko_G knits August 22, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

    i can attest to how quick and simple making this quilt top is…i cut and sewed all the individual block units in one day. now i need to compose and assemble the quilt top.

    i love the quilting pattern on yours, very nice contrast to the squares and strips of the piecing.

    thank you for sharing the cutting directions.

  13. EG August 22, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

    Holy cow, I love the quilting!

  14. Linda August 22, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    It's beautiful!

  15. Loulou August 22, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    That is breathtakingly gorgeous! Makes me so motivated to try making a quilt myself.


  16. Live a Colorful Life August 22, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    I absolutely love the quilting pattern. It adds a lovely dimension to such a beautiful quilt.

  17. DKB August 22, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

    I'm working on this pattern right now, all in solids. Thanks for showing us the finished quilt. Love the quilting stitches too

  18. Jenny Fenwick August 22, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

    I love this quilt! My youngest son has been wanting me to make him a quilt but I couldn't decide on what to make…until now! I'm always thinking I need to use an actual patterned quilt instead of just creating one. I will have to be more creative. Thanks for the beautiful idea and I love the colors you chose.

  19. CJ August 22, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    WOWEEE I love this quilt! The prints,the pattern, the quilting…mmmmmmmm.

  20. Melissa August 22, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

    This is beautiful. I really love the Seaside fabric. I really must buy more.

  21. Megan August 22, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

    Eh, sometimes that's the way it goes. I've got 5 quilts stacked up right now that need binding. Once it cools off, I might just hole up for a weekend and have a binding marathon. Those fabrics are perfect for this quilt pattern, and your quilter is amazing!

  22. Patti August 22, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    Wow, do I ever like this quilt! And the quilting is just amazing!

  23. Amanda Rose August 22, 2012 at 11:22 pm #

    This turned out beautifully! I absolutely love it.

    Amanda Rose

  24. Margje-Margo August 23, 2012 at 12:09 am #

    awesome quilt indeed, and the quilting is amazing too! I use flat sheets as backing for quilts, I use them from sheet sets since we don't use the flat sheets anyway, and then I even have a matching quilt-back!

  25. ThirdMargaret August 23, 2012 at 12:09 am #

    OhMyGoodness!! The quilt is gorgeous and that may be my most favorite-ist long arm quilting EVER. I never considered sending one off until now!

  26. Shawn August 23, 2012 at 12:13 am #

    Allison I love your quilt and quilting and just happen to have a fat quarter bundle of Seaside ~ Your quilt is just perfect for this fabric. Thanks so much for the tutorial!!!

  27. Jamie Lee August 23, 2012 at 12:45 am #

    Wow, this quilt is just so so pretty! I do love the quilting pattern your friend did.

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  29. kathy-o August 23, 2012 at 2:18 am #

    The photos are so beautiful – you always give us so much information, patterns and share what you are passionate about. LOVE the binding choice! Beautiful post – thank you!!!

  30. Valerie August 23, 2012 at 3:30 am #

    Love the fabric, love the pattern, love the quilting!

  31. Di~ August 23, 2012 at 4:06 am #

    LOVE it. I have a charm pack of that fabric–can't wait to use it.

  32. Gentry August 23, 2012 at 4:38 am #

    Absolutely beautiful, I LOVE the pattern on the quilting. What kind of brands do you buy of sheets, thread count, etc. That would be so much cheaper than 10.50 a yard. Thanks.

  33. Judith Blinkenberg August 23, 2012 at 4:39 am #

    The quilt is really pretty and the quilting really shows it off. She did a terrific job. Love the quilt.

  34. Franzi August 23, 2012 at 5:17 am #

    the quilting makes the quilt look really different. It's a wonderful design that I wouldn't have chosen but I love it. Maybe I'll try it on a pillow or mug rug or whatever small. I like the pictures of the quilt on the bed. The colours, the quilting and the way it looks.

  35. Amys Crafty Shenanigans August 23, 2012 at 6:10 am #

    Another of your quilts going on my to do list!!! Looks amazing!

  36. robin August 23, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    I do lovelovelove this quilt! I went to your tutorial and found it so well presented that I am going to get me some FQs and start cutting right now! Thank you!

  37. Pennie August 23, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    Another beautiful quilt I now want to make!!

  38. Kathleen O'Grady August 23, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    Great job! Beautiful quilt, I love the colors, very easy and calming for the eye. I wish I had the courage to make one :)

  39. momawake August 23, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    I love the quilting on that one!

  40. Goddess in Progress August 23, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    Lovely as always, and that quilting is great!

  41. sallgood August 24, 2012 at 1:11 am #

    Super cute, and love the quilting too.

  42. themissymom August 24, 2012 at 1:39 am #

    Very pretty.
    She did that quilting freehand. Wowzers!

  43. Chrissy August 24, 2012 at 1:43 am #

    This is lovely … I love the quilting design too!

  44. Regina Diniz Outeiro August 24, 2012 at 3:26 am #

    Very pretty!

  45. Lauren Elliott August 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    love the quilting. the combination of waves and circles. nicely done.

  46. diane August 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    This is beautiful and you are correct, the quilting is lovely. I have bookmarked Kathy for future reminders when I need a long armer.

  47. Becky August 25, 2012 at 4:21 am #

    I love this quilt pattern, and thank you so much for the tutorial. I bought the full FQ set of this fabric a while back to make a quilt for my bed, love the low key fabrics mixed with the brights. I was waffling around about what pattern to use, and this is perfect. I have some other fabrics that will go with this collection, not to mention 800 or so 2 1/2" squares I cut last weekend to use up some strips and scraps, so now I'm excited to get started. Thanks also for the tip about how to use a bed sheet for the backing. I saw some of your patterns in our local craft store quilt fabric section, made me happy to see them there.

  48. Abbey Trimboli August 27, 2012 at 2:16 am #

    Oh my goodness….that quilt is gorgeous! The colours are lovely. And your friend Kathy is amazing! :)


    Little Purple Forest

  49. Debra August 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    love the soft dreamy look to this quilt….simply stunning!

  50. 2MuchFun August 27, 2012 at 11:38 pm #


  51. Carie August 28, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    What lovely colours – it looks so soothing. I quite like using plain cotton for quilt backs with a few leftover scrap blocks stretched across the middle – I'll have to try it with sheets the next time I need a good backing, thanks for the top tip.

  52. Catherine August 28, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

    I love this quilt. The fabrics and colors are fabulous.

  53. Kate Brown August 29, 2012 at 11:25 pm #

    This is really a wonderful quilt in its simplicity. I have never used a sheet as a backing but it sounds like a great idea!

  54. Quiltingranny August 31, 2012 at 5:45 am #

    Beautiful as everything you do. I just love seeing your quilts:

  55. Sew Create It - Jane September 1, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    It is absolutely gorgeous and the quilting is different and really adds to the overall design.

  56. conz zaragoza September 2, 2012 at 5:11 am #

    What a gorgeous quilt. You must have spent a lot of time making it. Your hard work was all worth it.
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  57. April September 3, 2012 at 2:55 am #

    Just screams summer. :) Love it.

  58. Sharon September 3, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

    Cute quilt and that quilting is neat

  59. Judi September 5, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    Simply gorgeous, I love the colours and the quilting is lovely.

  60. Claire Jain September 9, 2012 at 3:00 am #

    Wow! Great quilt and beautiful quilting :-) Lovely finish!

  61. Andrea Turner September 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    I love the way this turned out! I just finished making a quilt top using your tutorial.

  62. Jo Robertson (thejoyofthehousetomyself) July 10, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    Here's my version of the seaside quilt – thanks for the inspiration!

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