Colour block quilt tutorial

colour block quiltWe made this colour block quilt for our good friend Laure’s little girl Anna. We decided to keep the patterns super simple (euhm, not less work intensive though) and work with bright colours. Our main inspiration was this ixxi ‘loco’ wall mural:ixxi_Loco_StudioBoot01

If you don’t know ixxi, check them out here: great budget friendly solutions to make a statement on a blank wall. I especially love the rijksmuseum plates design, but you have the choice of a wide variety of designs, or you can upload your own.

colour block quilt front

The inspiration sorted, the only thing left to do was make the actual quilt. Here’s a quick run through of materials and step by step of the process.

The materials

  • 1/8 yard bright yellow fabric
  • 1/8 yard red fabric
  • 1/4 yard pink fabric
  • 1/4 yard light blue fabric
  • 1/2 yard white fabric
  • 1/2 yard grey fabric

The instructions


Cut out the following:

  • 6 squares of 11x11cm of the yellow fabric
  • 6 squares of 11x11cm of the red fabric
  • 14 squares of 11x11cm of the pink fabric
  • 14 squares of 11x11cm of the light blue fabric
  • 20 squares of 11x11cm of the white fabric
  • 20 squares of 11x11cm of the grey fabric


  • Start by assembling the half square triangle blocks: you’ll need 12 blocks of yellow and grey and12 blocks of red and white. You’ll also need 28 blocks of pink and grey, plus 28 of blue and white to make up the pattern.The quickest and easiest way to do this is to put two squares of different colours on top of each other. For example a yellow and a grey. Then mark a line on the diagonal from one corner to the opposite and sew with a 1/4″ seam on either side of that line. Finally cut on the diagonal you marked. Press open. Et voila! 2 blocks in one go…half square triangle blocks
  • Next step is to assemble the rows. Before you do this though, take some time to trim the squares and make sure they are all relatively the same size. I skipped this step and regretted it! To assemble the blocks into rows simply put the blocks together right side facing and sew together with a 1/4 inch seam on one edge. You’ll want to assemble the rows like this:
    • 3 rows of 6 alternating yellow/grey and blue/white blocks. Make sure you alternate on each line as well, so if you start the first line with yellow/grey then start the next with blue/white.
    • 4 rows of 6 alternating blue/white and pink/grey blocks
    • 3 rows of 6 alternating pink/grey and red/white blocksphoto 2
  • Now you are ready to assemble the lines in that order; Give them another quick trim before you do this to ensure they are all straight, simply put right sides together again and sew with a 1/4 inch seam. Now your front is completely finished, give the edges a last trim to clean things up and prepare for the next step.
  • The next step is to assemble all layers. I’ve used a double layer of polyester wadding. Double to make sure I achieved the volume necessary for a nice puffy quilt. As a backing I’ve used two pieces white and grey of fabric sewn together, they were left over from the front (I got my calculations a bit wrong on the front and bough way too much fabric, no surprise). Stack up the different layers and attach them either using large pins or spray paint temporary fabric adhesive (I used both). Make sure the backing fabric is 1 inch wider then the front to use for the binding later on.
  • Quilt the fabric. This step is necessary to make sure all layers stay evenly together, even after washing. I used the patterns in the front as a guide and used irregular shapes. I like the effect it produces on the back as well as the front.colour block quilt back
  • Now for the final step: binding your quilt. As mentioned above I like to use the backing fabric for the binding, it’s a bit of a cheat and the finish isn’t as clean as using proper binding, but at this point I usually just want to get it done quickly (in this case the baby was already two weeks old, so the gift was long overdue!). I used a 1/2 inch fold over. Instructions for the can be found here:

You’re meant to end up with a quilt of roughly 60x80cm. But my quilt ended up a bit smaller because I had to trim a bit more after not trimming at the first stage, and because I, urrrrr, forgot a row (blush). But hey, small is cute and the end result is totally amazing, don’t you agree?

colour block quilt tutorial

We also made a coördinating mobile using the same fabrics, more on that later!

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