Pixelated Patchwork Quilt

1 - Bright Bella Solids Fat Quarter Bundle (9900AB-31)
1 - Warm Bella Solids Fat Quarter Bundle (9900AB-32)
1 1/2 Yards - Bella Solids Washed Black (9900-118)
1 1/2 Yards - Essential Dots Brown (8654-23)

From the black fabric, cut:
  • 1 rectangle, 10 1/2" x 4 1/2"
  • 2 rectangles, 8 1/2" x 4 1/2"
  • 6 rectangles, 6 1/2" x 4 1/2"
  • 19 squares, 4 1/2" x 4 1/2"
  • 34 rectangles, 4 1/2" x 2 1/2"
  • 60 squares, 2 1/2" x 2 1/12"
From the Bella fat quarters, cut a total of:
  • 132 squares, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
This unique modern design is achieved with simple patchwork. You'll create a total of 10 rows, each measuring 40 1/2" x 4 1/2", which you will sew together to create the final quilt. Use a 1/4" seam allowance throughout and press all seams open. 

I'll walk you through the first row to get a sense of it:
  • Sew together one 2 1/2" red square and one 2 1/2" black square.
  • Sew the above unit to a short end of the 10 1/2" x 4 1/2" black rectangle, with the red triangle on top. 

  • Sew an 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" black rectangle to the other side of the red-black square unit.

  • Sew together a 2 1/2" black square and a 2 1/2" light blue square.

  • Sew the above unit to the end of the row (the short end of the 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle. 

  • Sew a 4 1/2" black square to the end of the row (the light blue-black square unit).

  • Continuing creating and adding units in this manner to create the first row, as shown:

Use the blow diagram to complete all of the remaining rows in this same manner (the first sew is shown again in the diagram), sewing together units and adding these units to the ends of the rows as you work. Sew each row to the previous row as you complete it. 

Notes: You don't have to use the exact same color placements, just avoid having two squares of the same color next to one another. I've labeled the 10 1/2" x 4 1/2" and 8 1/2" x 4 1/" rectangles for clarity. All other large black rectangles are 6 1/2" x 4 1/2". Keep an eye out for the dark blue and dark purple-- they're not black!

Baste and quilt as desired, using the Essential Dots as your backing fabric. I quilted a continuous curly cue, starting from the center of the quilt and using black thread.

Bind your quilt with the remaining black fabric. I used 2 1/2" binding strips to create a 1/4" binding that's fairly subtle.

One colorful and contemporary 40 1/2" x 40 1/2" quilt. The perfect size for a baby quilt or wall hanging.

Pippa Armbrester


13moba said...

Wonderful, great, congratulations :0))

Michelle said...

Oh! Oh! This is just so wonderful!

Quiltjane said...

I just love, love, love this quilt design. Thank you for sharing. The quilting is perfect too.

Patchwork Penguin said...

HOw cool!! It reminds me of the second season opening for Lost in Space......

KatieQ said...

Great quilt! I love how you used a black background.

lej619 said...

Love it!! Think I may re-think it to make a king size quilt! Love the simplicity of it.

Suzann McGinnis said...

I can't wait to make this, what quilt size does it make? I could get the PDF and everything...

Unknown said...

Simple and oh so appealing!

Andrea said...

This is gorgeous, bold graphic happy, fun!! Totally my style. Well done...it reminds me of a bubble gums dancing :-)

girleen said...

with careful cutting, couldn't you use 27 charm squares in place of the 2 fat quarter bundles? am i missing something? anyway, it's a great design and i'm going to try it!

Carmen Attie said...

How many fat quarters are in a bundle? how much fabaric do i buy? could I use charms?

Carmen Attie said...

132 colored squares can come up with 33 charm squares right ?

eileensideways said...

wow, this is great, love the use of solids.

vintagemodernquilts | Lisa said...

Hi Carmen,

You are correct. 33 Charm Squares (measuring 5" square) will yield 132 2.5" squares.

Lisa Calle
Moda Bake Shop