Wednesday, August 04, 2010

fair and square 2

fair and square 2
This is my 2nd sample of the fair and square quilt pattern. It's made up from all kona cottons except for the backing. For this round I used more-comfortable-to-me light sashing. It's kona ash, and it has been in my stash for awhile. I love it's subtle color and how it lets the darker colors shine. I used 5 pieced blocks in this version, which were made from jelly roll strips. I just love how flexible this quilt pattern is! It uses 6.5" unfinished blocks, so any pieced block that finishes at 6" could be used. 9 patches would be fun. Or so would pinwheels!

It's fascinating to me to see how much changing the colors and a few minor alterations really changes the look and feel of a quilt. That was part of the beauty of teaching this pattern at the work party-seeing so many different versions coming together in a few short hours. I could get used to that!

Up tomorrow, a plaid version! :)

If you would like to win a packet of squares in similar colors along with the pattern to make this quilt for yourself, please leave me a comment. I'll pick a winner in a few days. US residents only this time please.

299 comments:

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Kristine said...

Beautiful! And yet simple, I'm sure it comes together quickly.

Nana said...

As a more "traditional" quilter, I'm beginning to love the more modern patterns and fabrics--this quilt is beautiful! Connie

donnag said...

I love the balance of the squares. I like symmetry, I guess.

Joanna said...

I agree with you about how color choices completely change the look of a quilt. Changing the color of the sashing or background can mean all of the difference in how appealing it will look. I would love to have your pattern. And of course the fabric:)

Jan said...

Love this quilt, in these colors. I's love to win the pattern and fabric.

Q said...

I love your quilts. This would be a wonderful must have quilt pattern.

Mary said...

Love how simple it is and can't wait to see the plaid one too. Mary

Sara said...

Kona's would be amazing!!!! Your quilt is really classy!

Robyn said...

I love these colors. And the simplicity of the pattern. I would have a hard time deciding where and what to do with the variation squares!

Aimee said...

Oh, yes I would love to! I really do like that quilt!

Tracey said...

Love, love, love this quilt.
Do you have a tutorial for it?

Trisha said...

Great design and pretty, calming colors.

Anonymous said...

I always check your blog to see what you are working and how quickly you can get a quilt made....then I look at the one, uneven, slightly crooked quilt that I have made (it took 2 years to finish) and I am green with envy :P -Aransdell@hotmail.com

Regina said...

Love it and love the size. That's so weird though. It looks white on my screen. I wonder if I looked at the name wrong on the fabric I bought. I thought it said Kona Ash but mine looks grey at most times but almost purple when laid on my cutting board...or is Kona Ash what you used for the binding?

Aimee said...

Love the quilts...both fair and square. Can't wait to try making one.

Hollie said...

Wow! I really love this quilt!

peaknits said...

I just love this one - I might have to try it next:)

Judy said...

great colors and I love the pattern....Thanks for the giveaway!!

greetingarts said...

Kona Ash. New color for me, I'll have to try it because your quilt looks great!

Marcia said...

I like these quilts. They are something that I could make. This would be a good way for a new to solids and quilting person like me to get started. I struggle with values, so having a pattern and your blog as reference would be wonderful. Thank you for this giveaway.

Cameron H said...

This is a great pattern -- I'd love to win!

Charity said...

Somehow when you make it looks complete. When I think of an idea like this it just seems like squares. Must be the quilting that makes all the difference. Or the person behind the machine.
I love following along, with all that you share I learn alot. Thanks for sharing and keep up the beautiful work.

Di~ said...

Love the quilt! Thanks for being so generous all the time. Tell your son I really like the name of the quilt.

Jessica said...

beautiful quilt, as always...I would love to win some of these fabrics! Thank you!

leslee said...

I really LOVE this quilt pattern--it's just the type of quilt that is my favorite to make! You did a great job (as usual)!! :)

Anonymous said...

I love, love, love these quilts, the colors and pattern!

Rachel said...

What a difference color choice makes between the two quilts. Lovely pattern!

Susan said...

The quilts are equally as beautiful...both different...can't wait to see the plain version.

Danielle said...

Love the design, so pretty!

Sarah said...

I love reading your blog and would love to win some fabric from you as well. :)

Kristen W said...

I love this pattern! So incredible, and I love that it really is nice in masculine colors!

kwaltz119@gmail.com

Diane said...

Love the plaid. . . love to win

PegS said...

I'd love to try out the squares using this pattern!

Wendy Lou said...

You put such beautiful colors together. Wow - amazing! (Don't pick me for the giveaway though... I'm a Canuck! ;) )

Hannah said...

Wow! Another great quilt!

p.s. my word verification was "mater", as in "tow-mater". =)

Sian said...

great quilts- you amaze me!

Pam said...

What a sweet quilt ...I love the plaids too!!

Diane said...

I would love to win that pattern. I'm new to quilting and have only made a few things. I seem to be obsessed lately looking for fabric and patterns and reading quilting blogs!

Anonymous said...

Love, love, love these quilts! My husband keeps asking me when I will make a quilt for him, would love those green squares to work on one for him! Would be perfect!

Kaysekins

Nancy Sue said...

I so love this quilt and the plaids in the next post! Gotta love quilts for our fellas!!
nsue21702 at gmail dot com

Butterfly said...

Love this color way - happy and bright!

Very pretty quilt.

marilyn said...

I love this pattern and have a zillion 6 1/2 inch squares. I was supposed to send you a square, but went on vacation and forgot all about it. Sooooo sorry about that. Glad you got enough to make a couple of great looking quilts. Can't wait for the pattern so I can get busy with my squares. Thanks for sharing.

Amy said...

Ah what fun! Love your plaid quilts :-)

Mary Jo said...

Wow, all these fair and square patterns. I love them all. I have a pile of plaid shirts waiting to be recycled into a quilt. I think I will do the fair and square. Thanks for more inspiration.Mary Jo

paisley and lace said...

Love it!

Lisa said...

The quilts are wonderful, love the color combinations! Great job!

Anonymous said...

Would love to win the green squares! I'm eager for the tutorial, too...8-)

Thanks for the chance.

Linda tayzzmom(at)aol(dot)com

Jacque said...

I think the orange square did stick out in the first quilt. But in the second one it looks qreat! Very nice!:o)

Holly said...

I would love to have that pattern....Love it in black, too. Thanks for the chance....

lluisarc said...

I love this quilt. It is very beautiful! Is it possible the pattern?
Thanks very much.
Best regards

Janette said...

Beautiful, and simple. I love green! I love this quilt!!

Julie Nolte Owen said...

I can't wait for the tutorial. I want to play around with the sashing colors.

Monica said...

These are the types of patterns perfect for today's quilter--modern, quick, and easy for anyone to do! Thanks for a great pattern and possibilities! I keep reading your blog because you keep bringing great things for us to see and use! Thanks!

ELP said...

Beautiful

Mary Lou said...

I've been wanting to make a fairly simple quilt for a family member and this may just be the pattern to use.

Kim said...

Oh Amanda Jean thanks for a chance to win!
I can't believe how great each of these quilts look.....so simple but just lovely in your color palates......love the plaids.....now wouldn't this make a great Christmas gift for my son?

Happy sewing and thanks for the stream of inspiration.

Just JaiCi's Crafts said...

such a fun quilt idea!

quiltchick1 said...

Really elegant in their simplicity! Another great pattern!

Trina said...

I love this quilt!

Alana said...

Ooooh..... those are some of my favorite colors! I would love to make one just like it!!

cakegirl said...

This is a great pattern. Can't wait to try it and the Kona is fabulous.

Jenny said...

nicely done! a good go to quilt when in a rush!

Julie in WA said...

I love the calming effect this quilt has on me. The grey one did the same. The plaid one is cute for a boy's room or a rumpus room!

Mira said...

I love love love this design! I think if I were to make it though, I would use bright flashy colours but that's just my personal preference ;)

(I can't be entered in the contest but I wanted to comment anyway!)

KateKwiltz said...

I liked the other one, but I like this one even more! Great pattern!

Kimmer said...

LOVE this quilt... very clean and simple. The greens would look great in my living room! Thanks for the chance...
~Kim

Jacque said...

Simple but stunning.

Thanks for a chance at your give away.

jleibfried@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Awesome!!! The plaid ones turned out beautifully. Glad that you could use my plaid square. Let me know if you plan another shared quilt, it was fun deciding which square to send and then to see how you created a beauty.
Have a great weekend.

Tracy said...

Amanda you never ever stop amazing me with your creativity, eye for color and patterns... I love this quilt... btw, I just made the ragged squares quilt for a friend expecting her first girl... so much fun to make! Thanks for blogging and sharing your talents... I honestly believe you are being a Titus 2 woman by sharing with us! Blessings!

Marj said...

I would love to make a quilt like yours, I would be honored to be chosen to receive the squares and pattern. Thank you for hosting such a nice giveaway.

Millie said...

I love these quilts. My style of quilts, simple and fast to sew but so striking.

Kathie said...

how generous of you I have been wanting to make a quiltusing solid fabrics for a long time
this would be perfect!!! ah and hand quilting it....
thanks!
Kathie in NJ

Alice R. said...

What a great quilt and pattern - so versatile! I'd love to win! Thanks for listing your Kona color as well. I'm just starting to work with solids and the modern look, and when I look on the blogs, and then go to the stores, I get so confused. It's helpful to know what I'm looking at to get certain looks. Thanks!

Garilyn said...

I like the plaid quilts.
blessed.mama4 at yahoo dot com

Flaun said...

What a beauty! Sign me up for the giveaway.

Margaret said...

Love this pattern. You are amazing.

Shanley said...

Not that I need a new project but this would be perfect for my grandpa.

betsybraun said...

I love this pattern. I actually just started quilting this summer, your tutorials have been extremely helpful, especially the binding tutorial....that was giving me fits, now easy as pie. Thanks!!!!

Valerie said...

Put me in the drawing too! I love these quilts as well as all of your work! I am so glad you do this blog! I was really missing it while you were off.

Michael and Rachelle said...

I am loving this quilt and all the options with it.

jezibels said...

I would love to make a quilt for our vintage camper out of these fabrics! Pick me, Pick me!

Michelle said...

Amanda Jean, I love these quilt colors. This is the quilt I want to make for our bed, and in these colors too. They sing to me, calm me and uplift me all at once. Please pick me!

Anonymous said...

Great pattern! I've enjoyed seeing the different versions that you've made, have a few ideas of my own too.
vbkortus@gmail.com

qltmom9 said...

Oooo...Yes, PLEASE! That'd be a delight

Lucy~

jezibels said...

Would love to receive a packet of fabrics! Starting two quilts for twin beds in our camper.

Sundtm said...

My husband would LOVE this quilt!! He would finally have a little 'manliness' in this house full of girls :)

Gari said...

This looks like it would be a great charity quilt for a boy: they are so hard to come by, at least for me. It would be really nice to win the pattern.

Deb said...

Love all the quilts! And I'd love a green box of strips!

Dianah said...

Oh I would love to win green squares to make this quilt! I love it.

Joyce said...

Love your new Fair and Square Pattern! I can see it done in many different colorways, plaids, and dots, maybe even stripes. Thank you for giving of yourself.
Joyce B.

tarabu said...

I love how you can make something so simple and comfortable turn out so sophisticated, as well!

Amy said...

very pretty! and a packet to make thse would be very nice.Thanks for sharing,Amy

Why Not Sew? said...

I love this one too! I love how this quilt looks great with any sashing really! I'd like to try aqua sashing and red or orange blocks, maybe olive green sashing and purple blocks. I never use purple so I'm trying to start. Great quilt!

Aimee said...

You're back!! Love the quilt - very cute as usual! xoxo

greeneyed girl said...

I love this! The pieced squares just gives it a little extra zip.

Donna Brooks said...

Love the colors!

donna
dsharper258@msn.com

Andrea, the little collector said...

Man, I just had to go on vacay when you do a Kona giveaway...sheesh. Sounds like you had lots of fun at the work-party. Awesome!

sulu-design said...

Out of all of the versions of this quilt that you posted, I really like this one (shocking, right?). The little squares that randomly hide in the bigger ones are so sweet. All that white helps, too :)

Kim said...

I absolutely LOVE this quilt!!,

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