Square Panel Quilt

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This easy quilt design is an excellent way to showcase a special piece of fabric.

The basic layout is very simple:

By varying the colors, many interesting effects can be created. Here are a few examples using solid colors. Use a mix of patterned and solid fabric for even more visual interest.

You may download a blank version of the quilt design here: uncolored design for coloring. Try out your own color combinations using a computer program like Photoshop, or by printing out and hand-coloring.

Construction of the quilt is very straightforward. Simply join adjacent pieces into strips and then connect those strips together to form the overall pattern.

The following diagram shows the order of assembly.

First you will assemble unit A by sewing sashing strips and rectangles on either side of the central panel.

Then, add sashing to the top and bottom of unit A.

For Unit B, sew two rectangles with a sashing strip between them, and then add additional sashing on the ends. Finally, attach a square on either end. Repeat to create a second unit B.

Attach one Unit B to the top of unit A, and the other to the bottom of unit A.

The quilt shown here is approximately 40" square with binding. The planning diagram below shows instructions for the basic quilt, but you may need to modify it depending on the color scheme you select. Note that the dimensions shown are finished dimensions, not cutting dimensions. Add 1/2" for cutting dimensions.

If you make it with 5 fabric color scheme as shown, you will need:

  • 3/4 yard of fabric A (Cut 2 strip(s) of width 11 1/2 inches and length 45 inches. Divide each strip into 3 pieces by cutting every 11 1/2 inches. There will be 2 pieces left-over.)
  • 3/8 yard of fabric B (Cut 2 strip(s) of width 5 inches and length 45 inches. Divide each strip into 3 pieces by cutting every 14 inches. There will be 2 pieces left-over.)
  • 3/8 yard of fabric C (Cut 2 strip(s) of width 5 inches and length 45 inches. Divide each strip into 3 pieces by cutting every 14 inches. There will be 2 pieces left-over.)
  • 1/2 yard or 1 fat quarter of fabric D (Cut one 14" square)
  • 3/8 yard of fabric E (cut four 2.5" wide strips, join together and cut to shorter lengths as necessary)
  • 1 1/4 yard of backing fabric
  • 1/4 yard of binding fabric (cut 2" wide binding, fold to 1/2" finished)
  • 40" square of batting
TOTAL FABRIC: ~3.75 yards

If you are changing the dimensions of the quilt, or if you are using more or less than 5 colors, you can use The Quilt Calculator to figure your amounts.

When the top is pieced, you will need to sandwich it with batting and backing fabric, and then hand or machine quilt. Finish by binding the edges. The photograph below shows an example of a quilting pattern you could use for the corner pieces.

Decimal to Fraction Conversion Chart
1/160.0625 | 5/160.3125 | 9/160.5625 | 13/160.8125
1/80.125 | 3/80.375 | 5/80.625 | 7/80.875
3/160.1875 | 7/160.4375 | 11/160.6875 | 15/160.9375
1/40.25 | 1/20.5 | 3/40.75

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