Jazz and Jade, by Krisanne Watkins, is one of those fat quarter patterns that dazzles—it’s colorful, cheery, and oh-so-much fun to make! It’s also one of those fat quarter quilt patterns that makes you stop, stare, and wonder out loud, “How on Earth is this quilt easy-to-make?!”
Well… it isn’t.
At the risk of being irksome, we just had to have some fun this April Fools’ Day with some quilty hijinks. This quilt is actually rated “challenging.” But, while you’re here, take a closer look at this fat quarter friendly quilt pattern that is quite magnificent, albeit somewhat ambitious.
It’s true (we promise) that this quilt can be made using fat quarters, which is pretty exciting when you’re a fat quarter hoarder (guilty!) or appreciate working with pre-cuts. There is some yardage required for borders, binding, backing, and the occasional piecing requirement, but there’s nothing like playing with a set of assorted fat quarters to bring a smile to a quilter’s face.
If you have any reservations about working on a quilt that is rated “challenging,” you might want to think about jumping in with both feet on this one. Most of the units made for this quilt are beginner friendly and there aren’t any curved seams to grapple with.
What makes this quilt not-so-easy to make is the star and half-star units that might be cause for hesitation with beginner, and even intermediate, quilters. The finished quilt is worth it, however, and you’ll likely become a better quilter for having tackled a new skill—this is your transition quilt. It’s at this point that you give yourself a hearty and well-earned pat on the back!
The inspiration for this quilt, Krisanne says, was the phrase, “Spring is just around the corner.” Her ingenious placement of triangles and squares give the illusion of rounded curves, and the use of bright fabrics in this not-so-easy fat quarter quilt pattern serves as a symbol for prosperity and the potential of a new season of life.
You’re a good sport! Thank you for allowing us to be a tad mischievous—this opportunity only comes but once a year.
Happy April Fools’ Day and Happy Quilting!