April 10 ~ Quilt of the Day

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Cottage Quilt by Jess, Urban Patchwork

This Cottage Quilt is a 36″x45″ toddler quilt, sashed in linen. Jess writes, “I made the blocks out of scraps– I pulled out the pieces randomly, one at a time, & assembled them kind of like a puzzle. That is my favorite way to piece a quilt, allowing the process to determine the design. I’m afraid I don’t have the attention span for patterns.” You can learn more about the quilt at Urban Patchwork, where you can also click on thumbnails to see larger photos of the quilt.

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109 Responses to April 10 ~ Quilt of the Day

  1. Cinnamon Sangria says:

    What a great way to use up scraps. Yet another reason why I can’t throw any scraps away. My scrap box is going to get expanded!

  2. DebbieKL says:

    Love this quilt!

  3. Patty Simmons says:

    Great design and quilting! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Megan Presley says:

    I love the improv squares! What a great way to use scraps!

  5. Deb V says:

    I love the colors of this quilt. It is a great way to use up scraps.

  6. Katrina H says:

    I love this!

  7. Maria says:

    the Cottage Quilt is gorgeous!

  8. Carolyn Wood says:

    Love this quilt!

  9. auschick says:

    I’m not a big fan of quilts, but I absolutely love this!! I love that it’s not the typical style of quilt, and the colors are fabulous!

  10. Manechka says:

    Simple and beautiful! Thanks for posting!

  11. Kirsten says:

    This quilt is incredible.

  12. Rachel says:

    That’s the first “crazy” quilt that I’ve liked. It’s…. relaxing.

  13. Jessica says:

    I want to try something like this. I hope my skills are up to it

  14. Kelli says:

    I love the choice of linen here!

  15. Barb in MI says:

    Letting go sounds so easy, but sometimes you have to ‘force’ yourself to do it… if that makes any sense. Though I am probably still more a pattern person. Thank you!

  16. Krystina says:

    Really a beautiful quilt. Thanks for posting.

  17. Kelli says:

    I always say I’m going to do a quilt like this–just throw caution to the wind and start sewing, but somehow I always start to doubt and rethink my decisions. Great job, Jess!

  18. Gene Black says:

    I love using my scraps to make blocks like that. I have posted some on my blog at various times. Like this post http://artbygene.blogspot.com/2010/03/lazy-saturday.html

  19. Claudia says:

    What a wonderful idea to use scraps….now I know what to do….
    Kind regards
    from Claudia from Germany

  20. Nova says:

    oh, I just love Jess’s style – always so inspiring…..

  21. Ethne says:

    This is a style of quilt that I’m being drawn towards – it spells ‘freedom’

  22. Just proves what beautiful quilts can be made out of scraps!

  23. Nezabudkina says:

    That’s the best way to use the scraps! Thanks for sharing!

  24. Melissa says:

    Such a fun modern look.

  25. Andrea says:

    Wow – that is beautiful! Reminds me of some of the Gee’s Bend quilts. Thanks for sharing it.

  26. Leah says:

    Fun way to use scraps and let their brightness be the focus!

  27. Debbie Bishop says:

    Very pretty quilt. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Christine says:

    I love the colors. So pretty.

  29. Hannah says:

    I really, really like this. A lot.

  30. Shelly says:

    I love this quilt! Thank you for featuring!

  31. Katie says:

    Well, a low attention span for patterns certainly paid off!

  32. Dolores says:

    I’m getting my scraps out right now!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  33. Trudy M says:


  34. Kaye Prince says:

    Love love love the wonky blocks! I have such a thing for linen right now too – gorgeous work!

  35. Ramona says:

    I love the fabric on the back. I am never tried just improvising a quilt. I need to learn to let go.

  36. Sara says:

    The wonkyness of the blocks and the colors remind me of a kids’ drawing. Perfect for a toddler! Thanks for sharing.

  37. Becky says:

    I love this. It is so creative and free.

  38. Gretchen says:

    Wow, I hope I someday have the courage to try a quilt like that! The randomness frightens me – I have doubts that I could be random and scrappy and ever have it come out so beautifully.

  39. sang says:

    Love the use of all the scraps!

  40. Becca says:

    This one makes me happy! Cute blocks & happy colors!

  41. Patti M says:

    Thank you for showing a quilt design that doesn’t necessarily follow the rules and have lots of steps. This seems low stress! Beautiful!

  42. Melissa says:

    this is my favorite so far – not sure if I like it most because of the colors and randomness or because it is scraps. Absolutely beautiful.

  43. Marjorie says:

    Such a darling quilt! I love the random piecing!

  44. Fran says:

    Great colors ! very fun !
    Love the sponteneity of this quilt .

  45. MIka says:

    love the scrappy modern work – what an inspiration.

  46. Karo says:

    love it! urban patchwork is one of my favorite blogs. 🙂

  47. What Comes Next? says:

    lovely! I’ve just tried some of this style piecing and it is fun! Love the use of linen for the sashing, too.

  48. Jessy says:

    I love both the wonky blocks and the odd placement. Plus, if you head to the flickr set, you can see that the backing is a cool bird fabric from Ikea. very neat.

  49. Stunning!!!!

  50. Mary says:

    I think that’s my favorite quilt of the ones you’ve highlighted so far! Make me want to run for my scrap pile!

  51. Kelly B. says:

    Neat! I love the aqua binding!

  52. KarenB says:

    What a fabulous approach to quilting, and a wonderful result.

  53. Vicki says:

    It’s great to piece blocks when there are no rules! This is beautiful.

  54. Molly says:

    Very vibrant. I love this quilt!

  55. Mary says:

    this is a fun way to create!

  56. Alex says:

    Very nice quilt. Thanks.

  57. Andi says:

    Another beautiful quilt. I love all of Jess’ quilts – she has a great eye for colour and design.

  58. Erica says:

    Love the combinations of fabric and the choice of background!

  59. SoozeM says:

    Gorgeous! I love the linen!

  60. joan says:

    what a beautiful quilt, colourful and yet so simple and pleasing to the eye
    joan in italy

  61. PeachRainbow says:

    A good scrap buster!

  62. Tara says:

    Hey I love your use of scraps. I love all the plain background too. Great design!

  63. Marcelle says:

    Nice quilt with a modern look!

  64. marcus gann says:

    awesome quilt!

  65. Tally says:

    quite interesting quilt and a new-for-me blog to discover.

  66. Stacey J says:

    Beautiful, really nice quilt.

  67. Sylvie says:

    Scrappy quilts are always very interesting to look at!

  68. ara jane says:

    i absolutely adore this quilt! from the vibrant colors to the surprising and organic design, it is just all kinds of lovely. this is inspiring me loosen up a bit with my own sewing and quilting!

  69. Katherine says:

    I agree with Erin. It’s fun to see a different spin on something traditional.

  70. Somer says:

    That is one lucky toddler.

  71. JJ says:

    Fun! So much inspiration…

  72. another amy says:

    Brilliant. Love the color!

  73. ~Helena~ says:

    Such a nice quilt, like your blog.

  74. Julia says:

    I am love, love, loving your choices for quilts of the day!! Lovely & lovely!

  75. 4vs1 says:

    Another way to use scraps! Great idea! 🙂

  76. Jen says:

    What a wonderful quilt. I haven’t leaped off the edge and into the “modern” quilt genre but my free-fall is eminent!

  77. Sandy says:

    This is a great way to use scraps for a one of a kind quilt, very nice!

  78. Amy says:

    I really like this quilt because it’s not the normal quilt with lots of neatly done blocks.

  79. Bspletzer says:

    I’m such a planner…I would love to try to do a quilt In this style. It’s lovely!

  80. sharon says:

    Great quilt, I love this type of pattern! Thanks Sharonj.

  81. Georgia says:

    Oh, it’s lovely. So clever! The aqua binding just tops it off. 🙂

  82. Southern Gal says:

    I love the blocks on this one.

  83. Rebecca says:

    Beautiful. I love whimsical quilts like this!

  84. Tong says:

    What a wonderfully scrappy and happy quilt! Thanks for sharing with us!

  85. Sara says:

    Simple, but really timeless! Thanks for the simplicity of it!

  86. Anna says:

    love love urban patchwork’s quilts, really amazing.

  87. Sorahart says:

    This is a fabulous way to use up scraps!!!

  88. Marcia W. says:

    Sometimes less is more – wonderful quilt

  89. Barb says:

    Wow, what an amazing quilt. Thank you for sharing it.

  90. Amy says:

    I just love these kind of quilts.

  91. I’m not much of a quilter but I might be able to manage something like this. Neat!

  92. Linda says:

    This is an inspiring quilt!

  93. Alisha says:

    I love how this turned out. I need to learn to let go of all of the planning and see what happens.

  94. Suzanne says:

    I still haven’t tried this and really should! I’m a planner and pattern follower – I need to let go I think 🙂

  95. Nicole says:

    Gosh, THAT from scraps?! Wonderful. 🙂

  96. Carrie L says:

    The quilts this month have been so much fun to look at. Thanks!

  97. Margaret Hurst says:

    Love it and love all the other ones on your blog – am enjoying quilting month and reading all these great quilting blogs!

  98. Erin Compton says:

    That is a BEAUTIFUL quilt. I love the non-perfect quilts.

  99. Crafty Mummy says:

    I love this idea! I always make things that are very structured, planned-in-advance kind of blocks. It would be interesting to try this way.

  100. Rose L says:

    Very cute quilt – perfect for a toddler!

  101. upstatelisa says:

    Simply beautiful!

  102. nopinkhere says:

    I think I could manage that sort of quilting. What a lovely result!

  103. Andi says:

    I just love Jess’s work.
    She has an amazing style.

  104. Celia says:

    Love it.

  105. Courtney says:

    What a great way to use up scraps!

  106. Lori says:

    I just LOVE the bright colors! Thanks for sharing!

  107. Jenny says:

    wonderful quilt! i need to do more piecing in this manner!

  108. Anne Marie says:


  109. Jeni says:

    It can be so tough to let go during the process! A beautiful quilt!

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