Boxes of Colour Quilt


Hi everyone, it's Andrea from Urban Quiltworks, also known as Millions of Thoughts.  I love colour contrast in quilts, and I have created a quick and easy child's quilt for you to make using Boho by Urban Chiks.   The quilt uses two blocks in its design, with a bit of a play on the bento box pattern.  With the right colour placement, this pattern creates bright pops of colour to capture attention.    Visit me at  UrbanQuiltworks for more photos and ideas about this pattern.  If you do make it or any of my other tutorials, please let me know.  I love to see what you have been creating!


1 jelly roll -   Boho by Urban Chiks
1.5 yards - 31090-18  Boho Basic Rain - Boho by Urban Chiks
0.5 yards binding fabric  -  31091-18  Boho Bohemian Daisies Rain- Boho by Urban Chiks
3.5 yards backing fabric - 31097-16 Boho Free Spirit Earth - Boho by Urban Chiks

Block A

Choose NINE of the lightest print jelly roll strips to make Block A.   Each jelly roll print chosen will make two of Block A.  (18 blocks total)

For each jelly roll strip cut:
4 - 2.5" x 2.5"
4 - 2.5 x 6.5"

Blue fabric cut:
18 - 2.5" squares
18 - 2.5" x 6.5" strips
18 - 2.5" x 8.5" strips

Block B

Choose NINE strips of the boldest prints from the jelly roll.  Each jelly roll print chosen will make two of Block B.  (18 blocks total)

For each jelly roll strip cut:
2 - 2.5" x 2.5" squares
2 - 2.5" x 4.5" strips
2 - 2.5" x 6.5" strips

Blue fabric cut:
18 - 2.5" x 2.5" squares
18 - 2.5" x 4.5" strips
18 - 2.5" x 6.5" strips
18 - 2.5" x 8.5" strips

Separate jelly roll into lights and darks.   Choose the lightest lights and the boldest darks:

Block A - For assembly of Block A, press after each step towards the outside of the block.

Choose one 2.5" blue square and sew a light printed 2.5" square to each side of it:

 Sew a 6.5" matching strip to each side of the block:

 Sew a 6.5" blue strip to the one side of the block:

Making sure the blue strip is on the LEFT side of the block,   sew an 8.5" strip to the top of the block:

**Your completed Block A should have a blue frame on outer LEFT and TOP sides.

Block B -For assembly of Block B, press after each step towards the outside of the block.

 Attach a DARK 2.5" square to a blue 2.5" square:

Sew a 4.5" blue strip to the pair:

 Sew a matching 4.5" dark print as shown:

Sew a matching 6.5" print as shown,  making sure that the dark print will be at the TOP and LEFT of the block:

 Sew a 6.5" blue strip to the block as shown:

Sew an 8.5" blue strip to the block as shown, making sure that the blue strips are on the TOP AND LEFT of the block:

There are many variations of this quilt.   I chose to use the light prints contrasting with the darks, so that the lights blocks look like they are floating over top of the dark prints.
I made a few extra blocks to have more choice for my layout - this is optional.

Choose two of block A and two of block B (matching block B prints)  and place together to make one large block as shown:

Before sewing each large block of four together,  I recommend playing around with the colours and layout.  I really wanted the prints and the colour to "POP"  so I changed the layout several times before I was happy with my final outcome:

 Sew together the blocks, row by row.   Press towards block A to ensure seams will nest together:



Quilt and bind as you wish.  I chose to quilt only the blue fabric using straight line and wavy quilting to make the colour blocks pop and out even more.

A quick and easy baby quilt measuring 48" x 48"

Andrea Harris


Unknown said...

what a nice, lovely and easy pattern!
I will probably use it for a baby quilt.

elka said...

Thank you for a wonderful lesson!

Esperanza✿⊱╮ said...

Me encanta el resultado, GRACIAS!!!!!

grendelskin said...

Ooh, fun! Thanks Andrea!

Márcia Carvalho de Souza said...

Seu jeito de demonstrar como fazer é maravilhoso!!!

Suzanne said...

Very nice design and crisp photos. Thank you for such a great pattern, Andrea.

Luisa said...

Perfect, just what I was looking for, I started on mine today, the background is a soft grey, the blocks have patterns ranging from blacks to pale greys and white, it will look modern.

Kinga Izabella said...

It´s a beautiful quilt and a great pattern! Thanks! It´s perfect for my colorful fabrics (Mod Century)!

Malini said...

I really love this quilt.

Sally Razz said...

I have been looking for just the right pattern to make a quilt as a thank you to friends for their generosity in letting me use their vacation place when I needed to be in that area for a medical family emergency. I have looked thru my numerous books, patterns, and on line for the last 2 weeks...nothing 'spoke' to me as this does! Thank You, thank you! When I get it done, I'll happily send you a picture. Mine will be monochromatic in browns, to go with the décor of their place. Now, I'm excited to get started!!!

Annie Payano said...

Lovely, thanks for sharing.

Pattie Fox said...

I love this pattern & how some of the blocks appear to 'float'. I cannot wait to tryit!!!

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