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Bright & Bold Cozy Modern Quilts: 20 Projects Easy Piecing Stash Busting

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Kim Schaefer is back with 18 brand new quilts to infuse your home with fresh color and modern flair. This follow-up to Cozy Modern Quilts has an impressive variety of colorways and styles, and Kim’s new designs are both innovative and irresistible! Choose from lap quilts, wallhangings, or runners to cheer up your space or whip up a gift. Straight-line piecing with squares & rectangles makes it quick; bright, bold fabrics make it sophisticated. Whether you’re a new sewer or a dedicated quilter, you’ll love how easy, fun, and stashbusting these quilts are to make.

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Lap Quilts

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Quilted by Diane Minkley of Patched Works, Inc.

finished block size: 8″ × 8″ | finished lap quilt: 63½″ × 99½″

A collection of fun stripes was used to create this top. The solid fabric lattice strips break up the design and provide a grid for the pieced blocks. In each block, cool colors surround warm colors (and vice versa) to create a subtle secondary design. You’ll need to gather up equal amounts of warm- and cool-colored fabrics.

•  5 yards assorted stripes for pieced blocks and pieced border

•  1¾ yards black for lattice and borders

•  6 yards for backing and binding

•  68″ × 104″ batting

Cut 308 squares 4½″ × 4½″ from assorted stripes for pieced blocks and pieced border.

Cut from black:

•  50 rectangles 1½″ × 8½″ for vertical lattice

•  9 strips 1½″ × 53½″ for horizontal lattice

•  2 strips 1½″ × 89½″ for side inner borders

•  2 strips 1½″ × 55½″ for top and bottom inner borders

•  36 rectangles 1½″ × 4½″ for outer pieced border

 

1. Piece Block A as shown. Press. Make 16 blocks.

Block A—Make 16.

 

Marengo

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Quilted by Diane Minkley of Patched Works, Inc.

finished block size: 8″ × 8″ | finished lap quilt: 63½″ × 99½″

A collection of fun stripes was used to create this top. The solid fabric lattice strips break up the design and provide a grid for the pieced blocks. In each block, cool colors surround warm colors (and vice versa) to create a subtle secondary design. You’ll need to gather up equal amounts of warm- and cool-colored fabrics.

•  5 yards assorted stripes for pieced blocks and pieced border

•  1¾ yards black for lattice and borders

•  6 yards for backing and binding

•  68″ × 104″ batting

Cut 308 squares 4½″ × 4½″ from assorted stripes for pieced blocks and pieced border.

Cut from black:

•  50 rectangles 1½″ × 8½″ for vertical lattice

•  9 strips 1½″ × 53½″ for horizontal lattice

•  2 strips 1½″ × 89½″ for side inner borders

•  2 strips 1½″ × 55½″ for top and bottom inner borders

•  36 rectangles 1½″ × 4½″ for outer pieced border

 

1. Piece Block A as shown. Press. Make 16 blocks.

Block A—Make 16.

 

Odessa

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Quilted by Diane Minkley of Patched Works, Inc.

finished block size: 11″ × 8″ | finished lap quilt: 55½″ × 72½″

This quilt is a great showcase for some of your favorite fabrics. The quilt is constructed using two simple blocks. I used hand-dyed batiks, but the simple design would also be perfect for solid fabrics or some of today’s large-scale prints.

•  3 yards total assorted batiks for pieced blocks

•  1½ yards black for pieced blocks

•  4 yards for backing (pieced crosswise) and binding

•  59″ × 76″ batting

Cut from assorted batiks:

•  23 rectangles 9½″ × 6½″ for pieced blocks

•  44 rectangles 5½″ × 8½″ for pieced blocks

Cut from black:

•  46 rectangles 1½″ × 6½″ for pieced blocks

•  46 rectangles 1½″ × 11½″ for pieced blocks

•  22 rectangles 1½″ × 8½″ for pieced blocks

Piece Block A as shown. Press. Make 23 blocks.

Piece Block B as shown. Press. Make 22 blocks.

Block B—Make 22.

1. Arrange and sew together the blocks in 9 rows of 5 blocks each. Refer to Putting It All Together (at right) as needed. Press.

 

Interweave

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Quilted by Diane Minkley of Patched Works, Inc.

finished block sizes: block a 6″ × 6″ block b 6″ × 4″ block c 6″ × 5″ | finished lap quilt: 60½″ × 82½″

A collection of bright pinks, yellows, and oranges surrounded by a light lattice and border gives this quilt a fresh, cheerful look.

•  3½ yards total assorted pinks, yellows, and oranges for pieced blocks

•  2¾ yards light for pieced blocks, lattice, and border

•  5 yards for backing and binding

•  65″ × 87″ batting

Cut a total of 420 rectangles 1½″ × 6½″ from assorted pinks, yellows, and oranges for pieced blocks.

Cut from light fabric:

•  112 rectangles 1½″ × 6½″ for pieced blocks

•  6 strips 2½″ × 76½″ for lattice

•  2 strips 3½″ × 76½″ for side borders

•  2 strips 3½″ × 60½″ for top and bottom borders

 

1. Piece Block A as shown. Press. Make 52 blocks.

Block A—Make 52.

2. Piece Block B as shown. Press. Make 45 blocks.

Block B—Make 45.

3. Piece Block C as shown. Press. Make 8 blocks.

Block C—Make 8.

1. Arrange and sew together the blocks in 7 vertical rows of 15 blocks each. Refer to Putting It All Together (at right) as needed. Press.

 

Maze Madness

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Quilted by Diane Minkley of Patched Works, Inc.

finished block size: 10″ × 10″ | finished lap quilt: 65½″ × 85½″

The body of this quilt reminds me of the mazes I used to do as a child. Done in solid fabrics and framed by a chunky pieced border, this would make a great gift for a special child.

•  2 yards light green for pieced blocks

•  4 yards total assorted brights for pieced blocks and pieced borders

•  ¾ yard medium green for inner border

•  5¼ yards for backing and binding

•  70″ × 90″ batting

Cut from light green for Block A:

•  18 rectangles 1½″ × 2½″

•  36 rectangles 1½″ × 3½″

•  36 rectangles 1½″ × 5½″

•  18 rectangles 1½″ × 7½″

•  36 rectangles 1½″ × 8½″

Cut from each of 18 assorted brights for Block A:

•  2 rectangles 1½″ × 2½″

•  1 rectangle 1½″ × 3½″

•  2 rectangles 1½″ × 5½″

•  2 rectangles 1½″ × 7½″

•  1 rectangle 1½″ × 8½″

•  2 rectangles 1½″ × 10½″

Cut from light green for Block B:

•  17 rectangles 1½″ × 2½″

•  34 rectangles 1½″ × 3½″

•  17 rectangles 1½″ × 5½″

•  34 rectangles 1½″ × 6½″

•  34 rectangles 1½″ × 8½″

 

Baxter

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Quilted by Diane Minkley of Patched Works, Inc.

finished block size: 8″ × 8″ | finished lap quilt: 64½″ × 88½″

The solid fabrics used in this quilt give it a modern, graphic look. The quilt was cut and pieced in one day! It is a great project for beginners and gives more experienced quilters a chance to explore color.

•  ¼ yard each of 25 different solids for pieced blocks

•  5½ yards for backing and binding

•  69″ × 93″ batting

Cut from assorted solids for pieced blocks:

•  59 rectangles 1½″ × 8½″

•  87 rectangles 2½″ × 8½″

•  117 rectangles 3½″ × 8½″

•  30 rectangles 4½″ × 8½″

 

1. For each Block A, arrange and sew together a 4½″ × 8½″ rectangle, a 1½″ × 8½″ rectangle, and a 3½″ × 8½″ rectangle. Press. Make 30 blocks.

Block A—Make 30.

2. For each Block B, arrange and sew together a 2½″ × 8½″ rectangle and 2 rectangles 3½″ × 8½″. Press. Make 29 blocks.

Block B—Make 29.

3. For each Block C, arrange and sew together a 1½″ × 8½″ rectangle, 2 rectangles 2½″ × 8½″, and a 3½″ × 8½″ rectangle. Press. Make 29 blocks.

 

Around the Square

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Quilted by Diane Minkley of Patched Works, Inc.

finished block size: 10″ × 10″ | finished lap quilt: 60½″ × 80½″

I love combining bright fabrics with earthy tones. These fabrics have a hand-dyed look but are actually commercial prints. The quilt is made with a single block of overlapping rectangles, which gives it a modern look.

•  3 yards black for pieced blocks

•  2¾ yards total assorted brights for pieced blocks

•  5 yards for backing and binding

•  65″ × 85″ batting

Cut from black for pieced blocks:

•  96 rectangles 1½″ × 10½″

•  96 squares 2½″ × 2½″

•  96 rectangles 1½″ × 2½″

•  48 rectangles 1½″ × 5½″

•  48 rectangles 2½″ × 5½″

Cut from assorted brights for pieced blocks:

•  48 rectangles 1½″ × 6½″

•  48 rectangles 4½″ × 5½″

•  48 rectangles 2½″ × 6½″

Cut from contrasting assorted brights for pieced blocks:

•  48 rectangles 3½″ × 5½″

 

Piece the blocks as shown. Press. Make 48 blocks.

1. Arrange and sew together the blocks in 8 rows of 6 blocks each. Refer to Putting It All Together (at right) as needed. Press.

 

Pause

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Zip Strip

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Quilted by Diane Minkley of Patched Works, Inc.

finished lap quilt: 76½″ × 88½″

Warm, cozy flannel was used in this easy-to-piece strip quilt.
The flannel makes it a perfect quilt for cuddling under.

•  5¼ yards total assorted textured solids for quilt center and pieced border

•  1½ yards black for lattice and inner borders

•  6¼ yards for backing and binding

•  81″ × 93″ batting

Cut 269 rectangles 2½″ × 10½″ from assorted solids for quilt center and pieced borders. (Cut 10½″ strips first, and then subcut 2½″ × 10½″ rectangles from the strips.)

Cut from black:

•  6 strips 3½″ × 50½″ for lattice and top and bottom inner borders

•  2 strips 3½″ × 68½″ for 2 side inner borders

 

Arrange and sew together the rectangles in 5 rows of 25 rectangles each. Refer to Putting It All Together (at right) as needed. Press.

1. Sew the horizontal lattice pieces between the rows. Press.

2. Sew the top and bottom inner borders to the quilt top. Press toward the borders.

3. Sew the 2 side borders to the quilt top. Press toward the borders.

 

Wall Quilts

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Quilted by Diane Minkley of Patched Works, Inc.

finished block size: 6″ × 10″ | finished wall quilt: 54½″ × 70½″

Black-and-white prints are mixed with brightly colored fabrics in this simple two-block quilt made from 2½″ strips.

•  2 yards total assorted black-and-white prints for pieced blocks

•  1¾ yards total assorted black tone-on-tone prints for pieced blocks

•  ½ yard total assorted brights for pieced blocks

•  3¾ yards for backing (pieced crosswise) and binding

•  59″ × 75″ batting

Cut 96 rectangles 2½″ × 10½″ from assorted black-and-white prints for pieced blocks.

Cut 124 rectangles 2½″ × 6½″ from black tone-on-tone prints for pieced blocks.

Cut 31 rectangles 2½″ × 6½″ from assorted brights for pieced blocks.

 

Piece Block A as shown. Press. Make 32 blocks.

Piece Block B as shown. Press. Make 31 blocks.

1. Arrange and sew together the blocks in 7 rows of 9 blocks each. Refer to Putting It All Together (below) as needed. Press.

2. Sew together the rows to form the quilt top. Press.

1. Layer the quilt top with batting and backing. Baste or pin.

 

Hoytyville

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Quilted by Diane Minkley of Patched Works, Inc.

finished block size: 6″ × 10″ | finished wall quilt: 54½″ × 70½″

Black-and-white prints are mixed with brightly colored fabrics in this simple two-block quilt made from 2½″ strips.

•  2 yards total assorted black-and-white prints for pieced blocks

•  1¾ yards total assorted black tone-on-tone prints for pieced blocks

•  ½ yard total assorted brights for pieced blocks

•  3¾ yards for backing (pieced crosswise) and binding

•  59″ × 75″ batting

Cut 96 rectangles 2½″ × 10½″ from assorted black-and-white prints for pieced blocks.

Cut 124 rectangles 2½″ × 6½″ from black tone-on-tone prints for pieced blocks.

Cut 31 rectangles 2½″ × 6½″ from assorted brights for pieced blocks.

 

Piece Block A as shown. Press. Make 32 blocks.

Piece Block B as shown. Press. Make 31 blocks.

1. Arrange and sew together the blocks in 7 rows of 9 blocks each. Refer to Putting It All Together (below) as needed. Press.

2. Sew together the rows to form the quilt top. Press.

1. Layer the quilt top with batting and backing. Baste or pin.

 

City Lights

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Quilted by Diane Minkley of Patched Works, Inc.

finished block size: 6″ × 10″ | finished wall quilt: 50½″ × 52½″

A light, vertical lattice separates brightly colored batiks in this easy-to-piece row quilt. A monochromatic palette would work for this fun design as well.

•  2¾ yards total assorted bright batiks for pieced blocks

•  1 yard total assorted light batiks for lattice and borders

•  3½ yards for backing and binding

•  55″ × 57″ batting

Cut from assorted bright batiks for pieced blocks (2 for each block):

•  70 rectangles 2½″ × 8½″

•  70 rectangles 1½″ × 6½″

•  70 rectangles 1½″ × 2½″

Cut 105 squares 2½″ × 2½″ from contrasting assorted bright batiks for pieced blocks (3 for each block).

Cut from assorted light batiks:

•  30 rectangles 1½″ × 10½″ for lattice

•  2 strips 1½″ × 50½″ for side borders

•  2 strips 1½″ × 50½″ for top and bottom borders

 

Piece the blocks as shown. Press. Make 35 blocks.

1. Arrange the blocks into 5 rows of 7 blocks each. Refer to Putting It All Together (at right) as needed. Press.

 

Kaleidoscope

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Quilted by Diane Minkley of Patched Works, Inc.

finished block size: 10″ × 10″ | finished wall quilt: 56½″ × 56½″

Large blocks cut into quarters and then pieced back together make this quilt look much more complicated than it really is. For best results, alternate warm and cool colors throughout the quilt.

•  3¼ yards total assorted bright prints for pieced blocks

•  1 yard green for lattice and borders

•  3¾ yards for backing and binding

•  61″ × 61″ batting

Cut from assorted bright prints for pieced blocks:

•  25 squares 7″ × 7″

•  50 rectangles 2½″ × 7″

•  50 rectangles 2½″ × 11″

Cut from green:

•  20 rectangles 1½″ × 10½″ for vertical lattice

•  6 strips 1½″ × 54½″ for horizontal lattice and side borders

•  2 strips 1½″ × 56½″ for top and bottom borders

 

1. Piece the blocks as shown. Press. Make 25 blocks.

2. Cut the 25 pieced blocks into quarters, each measuring 5½″ × 5½″. Make 100 quarters.

Cut blocks into quarters.

3. Arrange and sew the quarters into blocks. NOTE: I placed the pieces randomly and didn’t worry whether the direction of the seams was consistent. Press. Make 25 blocks.

 

Ladora

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Quilted by Diane Minkley of Patched Works, Inc.

finished block size: 11″ × 14″ | finished wall quilt: 59½″ × 60½″

Concentric rectangles are the focal point of this quilt, which was made with brown and blue batiks with backgrounds of soft warm grays and off-whites. The quilt has a casual yet elegant feeling.

•  1½ yards total assorted white batiks for pieced backgrounds

•  1¼ yards total assorted gray batiks for pieced background and pieced blocks

•  1¼ yards total assorted brown batiks for pieced blocks

•  1 yard total assorted blue batiks for pieced blocks

•  3¾ yards for backing and binding

•  64″ × 65″ batting

Cut from assorted white batiks for pieced backgrounds:

•  16 rectangles 4½″ × 6½″

•  16 rectangles 3½″ × 4½″

•  10 rectangles 3½″ × 7½″

•  10 rectangles 3½″ × 14½″

Cut from assorted gray batiks for pieced backgrounds:

•  23 rectangles 3½″ × 6½″

•  8 squares 3½″ × 3½″

Cut from assorted gray batiks for pieced blocks:

•  12 rectangles 1½″ × 4½″

•  12 rectangles 1½″ × 6½″

•  12 rectangles 1½″ × 5½″

Cut from assorted brown batiks for pieced blocks:

 

Broken Glass

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Moxie

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Quilted by Diane Minkley of Patched Works, Inc.

finished block size: 10″ × 10″ | finished wall quilt: 50½″ × 50½″

Black-and-white prints are paired with bright oranges to create this stunningly graphic quilt. Not a fan of orange? Substitute red, lime green, teal, blue, or purple—you choose—to achieve the same graphic results.

•  2 yards total assorted black-and-white prints for pieced blocks

•  1¼ yards total assorted oranges for pieced blocks

•  3¼ yards for backing and binding

•  55″ × 55″ batting

Cut from assorted black-and-white prints for pieced blocks:

•  100 rectangles 2½″ × 3½″

•  100 rectangles 2½″ × 5½″

Cut 25 squares 6½″ × 6½″ from assorted oranges for pieced blocks.

 

Piece the blocks as shown. Press. Make 25 blocks.

1. Arrange and sew together the blocks in 5 rows of 5 blocks each. Refer to Putting It All Together (below) as needed. Press.

2. Sew together the rows to form the quilt top. Press.

1. Layer the quilt top with batting and backing. Baste or pin.

2. Quilt as desired and bind.

Putting It All Together

 

Runners

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Quilted by Diane Minkley of Patched Works, Inc.

finished block sizes: block a 20″ × 20″ block b 20″ × 5″ block c 10″ × 10″ block d 5″ × 5″ finished runner: 20½″ × 60½″

Contrasting colors and simple pieced blocks are combined to create this whimsical runner.

•  1¾ yards total assorted purples, greens, and teals for pieced blocks

•  1 yards for backing and binding

•  25″ × 65″ batting

The pieces for each matching set of squares and rectangles are listed together.

Cut from assorted colors:

•  1 square 8½″ × 8½″

•  2 rectangles 3½″ × 8½″ and 2 rectangles 3½″ × 14½″

•  2 rectangles 3½″ × 14½″ and 2 rectangles 3½″ × 20½″

Cut from assorted colors:

•  2 rectangles 1½″ × 16½″

•  4 rectangles 2½″ × 16½″ and 4 rectangles 2½″ × 5½″

Cut from assorted colors:

•  4 squares 2½″ × 2½″

•  8 squares 2½″ × 2½″ and 8 rectangles 2½″ × 6½″

•  8 rectangles 2½″ × 6½″ and 8 rectangles 2½″ × 10½″

Cut from assorted colors:

•  8 squares 1½″ × 1½″

•  16 rectangles 2½″ × 5½″ and 16 rectangles 1½″ × 2½″

Piece Block A as shown. Press.

Piece Block B as shown. Press.

 

Playtime

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Quilted by Diane Minkley of Patched Works, Inc.

finished block sizes: block a 20″ × 20″ block b 20″ × 5″ block c 10″ × 10″ block d 5″ × 5″ finished runner: 20½″ × 60½″

Contrasting colors and simple pieced blocks are combined to create this whimsical runner.

•  1¾ yards total assorted purples, greens, and teals for pieced blocks

•  1 yards for backing and binding

•  25″ × 65″ batting

The pieces for each matching set of squares and rectangles are listed together.

Cut from assorted colors:

•  1 square 8½″ × 8½″

•  2 rectangles 3½″ × 8½″ and 2 rectangles 3½″ × 14½″

•  2 rectangles 3½″ × 14½″ and 2 rectangles 3½″ × 20½″

Cut from assorted colors:

•  2 rectangles 1½″ × 16½″

•  4 rectangles 2½″ × 16½″ and 4 rectangles 2½″ × 5½″

Cut from assorted colors:

•  4 squares 2½″ × 2½″

•  8 squares 2½″ × 2½″ and 8 rectangles 2½″ × 6½″

•  8 rectangles 2½″ × 6½″ and 8 rectangles 2½″ × 10½″

Cut from assorted colors:

•  8 squares 1½″ × 1½″

•  16 rectangles 2½″ × 5½″ and 16 rectangles 1½″ × 2½″

Piece Block A as shown. Press.

Piece Block B as shown. Press.

 

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