Quilts made with Shoo Fly Blocks and Nine-Patch Blocks are among the easiest of patchwork patterns. Simple fabric squares, in some cases divided into two triangles, are all you need to make countless variations on these basic themes. This week’s Friday Freebie demonstrates that even elegant quilts can be made from these beginner-friendly quilt blocks. Take a look at Tones of Taupe:
The subtle, cohesive color scheme of this quilt gives it a sophisticated look far beyond the difficulty level of the patchwork. This design is by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith, and the machine quilting is by Connie Gresham. All fabrics in the sample quilt are Daiwabo taupes from Japan, full of textural interest.
The quilt in the photo, from the September/October 2008 issue of McCall’s Quilting, was bed size, but we also created a free lap size quilt pattern, ready for you to download! The free pattern finishes 64″ x 72″, and would be easy to adapt to any fabrication, from repro fabrics to Asian-themed prints to florals and stripes to full-out scrappy.
Download the Tones of Taupe lap quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.