Quilt Patterns

Square Quilt Patterns

traditional patchwork quilt pattern

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Using square quilt patterns for your comforter or blanket is easy to do. They are also a lot of fun to implement into your overall quilt design. Quiltmakers have been implementing square quilt patterns for centuries. It can be used by any quilter no matter their experience level.

Browsing the arts and crafts fairs, people can find many quilts using square quilt patterns that quilters have used in their design. There are literally thousands of patterns that can be used because with every square design. A quiltmaker can twist or switch minor details to make completely different designs and patterns.

One of the joys of quilting is being able to create something new even though the art is several generations old. New people, both young and old and male and female, pick up the needle every day for the first time and trying square quilt patterns. Creating something meaningful isn't a craft that everyone can be apart of because it takes time and dedication. However, when you try to make a quilt for the first time it becomes addictive.

Any Design Will Do

Square quilt patterns are similar to block designs. You are still making a picture or a feeling block by block. Each square of red, blue, or black will represent something different. Quilters can use any piece of fabric or material to make these patterns come to life.

When thinking about which square quilt patterns to use in your next blanket, comforter or bedspread all you have to keep in mind is your recipient. Are you giving this as a gift to an expecting mother? If so, perhaps a baby quilt that uses a square pattern will fit your needs. Perhaps you want to send your son or daughter away to college with something to keep them warm. There are stars, diamonds and of course, squares that can be used to make flowers, buildings or any other shape.

Another great thing about square quilt patterns is it can be used on more than just quilts. You can use these designs for your next pillow, pillowcase, handbag and even doll house blankets.

As long as you go into your design and square quilt patterns with good intentions and keeping what the other person would like in mind, then no matter what you choose it will work out. There are plenty of free square quilt patterns that you can find online, in catalogs and even in magazines that can give you ideas for your next quilting project.

Some popular square patterns that any quilter can use are:

  • Five patch
  • Lincoln's Platform
  • Four patch
  • Half square
  • Christmas star

Just because they call for squares in these designs, doesn't mean you can't add your own sparkle to the comforter. You can make half-square triangle blocks that can serve as the basic element to every pattern you work with as a quilter.

Basically, a half-square triangle block is just two right triangles of fabric. Usually, the colors will contrast one another meaning you will use a light and dark color in each triangle. All you have to do is sew the two triangles together to make a square along the diagonal edge of the blanket. You can use this simple system in many square quilt patterns including:

  • Friendship star
  • Pinwheel
  • Shoo-fly

A quiltmaker does not have to use this squaring technique throughout the design, but can instead use it to create a border for the blanket they are working on. Once you finish your design and pattern, you want to use a squaring technique to bind your comforter together so it will look like a finished product.

Let's Make A Quilt

There are several ways you can make square quilt patterns and as any experienced quiltmaker will tell you, it is always changing. You can make a grid and layout your design and use a paper piecing technique or you could sew rows together and assemble them in a quilting bee with a group of your friends.

You will never be told there is just one way to make square quilt patterns. Rag designs and patterns call for less care in stitching, while using embroidery patterns means you need to pay close attention to each little x you make with your needle. Quilters can even use an appliqué design or row pattern like the one they do in a Log Cabin quilt.

If you are a beginner, you could take a course at your local recreation department or a nearby community college. Since you are already online though, you could always do a search for a quilting bee in your neighborhood or town and receive some advice from fellow quilters. Just keep it basic and you will learn as you go. The project is about taking it one square at a time and not giving up.

Color You Successful with Square Quilt Patterns

After you choose your square quilt patterns that you want to work with for your next project, you still have a big decision to make. The colors you choose for your quilt are just as important as the pattern itself. Every color, no matter where it falls on the color wheel, represents an emotion to the person looking at it.

The first step to understanding this relationship to color is figuring out the color pattern itself. Quilters know that a balance of primary and secondary colors is essential to their overall goal. Red, blue and yellow are primary colors and when they are mixed evenly, they can create secondary colors. Purple, green and orange are secondary colors and the shades of each of these complete the color wheel.

Dark colors can push your eyes outward from the patterns, while lighter colors will draw your eyes in to the overall theme. Why is this important? Well, if you spent weeks working on embroidered patterns, you wouldn't want to direct someone's eyes away from your work; instead you would want to draw their attention to it. That doesn't mean you can't use dark colors for this purpose. You could use a dark color as a base and then spatter lighter colors throughout to lead the viewer across your quilt.

Making square quilt patterns is about emotion and since your color will represent that, you should think about what emotion you want to convey. If it is a baby quilt, then you might want to leave out the black and red contrasts and choose a pink and purple pattern instead. However, these are just suggestions. The joys of making a comforter or blanket is that you can do whatever you want to - it's about the journey and the experiment.

Find the square quilt patterns that you want to go with and try any color that you would like. Throw in your blues, greens, and purples and see what comes out of it. Remember that everyone loves to wrap up in a comfortable quilt. Even if the stitches are messy and the batting is falling out, your gift will be enjoyed no matter the patterns or the color choices so have fun and enjoy your gift.