Button Box Quilt


Posted on October 26th, by Amy in Bloggers Quilt Festival, finished quilt. 86 comments

I’m so happy to have a new finish to share with you for Blogger’s Quilt Festival!  My Button Box quilt is a variation of a quilt I made last spring, with a twist. Previously, it was made with 9″ blocks and a very pretty fabric line, however, while designing the block I realized that I could easily adjust the size (as you can with most blocks) and decided that I needed to make a scrappy version!

I loved pulling fabrics from my stash/scraps for this project, and reminisced where each had been used in previous projects. Some in very different projects, and others had been waiting for this one! While I was selecting fabrics, I tried to use mostly fabrics with the same saturation, or intensity.  The few exceptions offer a resting place for your eye in the midst of the busy prints.

The blocks are 3″, 6″, 9″ and 12″ with appropriate sized flying geese for each block.  I LOVE making flying geese – they are like magic!

Even the background fabrics are scrappy, this quilt was all about making with what I had on hand.  The different backgrounds offer depth in the quilt top that a solid may not have given it – so I’m glad for the way it worked out.  Piecing the blocks into the top took some effort – I had to puzzle out which partial seams to add, and when to finish them.  But it was well worth the time spent!

 I quilted this on my domestic machine (Babylock – Melody) with a walking foot, and large arching lines.  I started at one corner and worked my way across the quilt, the lines are about an inch apart.  Then I bound it by machine as well, using a blanket stitch on the edge.  That was a first for me, and I’m pleased with the results! (yes, that’s snow on the quilt!)

I worked on this quilt for six months, off and on, which was a challenge for me! I don’t have the patience to wait to finish things usually, but sometimes life dictates what is to be, or not to be.  I worked on it as I could and looked forward to having more time to sew it up!

My kids always enjoy “helping” me take photos – it seemed appropriate to include a few of their silly grins! They have watched this quilt from the very beginning, and will now enjoy snuggling with me under it on the couch.

Thanks for reading, and participating in Blogger’s Quilt Festival! I love the online community, and have fun hosting this event every time!

xo – Amy

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Stats

Finished quilt measures : 60″x 72″
Special techniques used : none
Quilted by : Me!
Best Category : Scrap Quilt, Home Machine Quilted
Entry # : 1

**If you are interested, I altered my original pattern to include a layout guide and block count for this quilt.





86 thoughts on “Button Box Quilt

  1. Love this pattern. It’s on my list to get and create it and then enjoy it so much. It makes me smile.

    Thanks for creating it.

  2. What a fun array of color in your quilt. The block is an interesting block to show off that color and I love how it all came together! Your darling kids make your photography so personal. Thanks for hosting this show as it is a treat I look forward to each season you offer it!

  3. I like it better in the scrappy version actually :) Lots of life and happiness. Both in the quilt and around it.

    Kids are just so cute when ‘helping’ us taking pictures LOL I asked my boys to just hold up a quilt yesterday and it went totally nuts from there. So I have no nice, stylish pictures for this round of the festival.

  4. Button Box is the perfect name for this quilt… All sizes and much variety and special things to be found – just like a button box. The kids are an extra special find too.

  5. This is just lovely! It has such a unique look with the scrappiness of the background and all the different sizes of the blocks. Very nice, in every respect! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  6. I love your quilt! So much to discover! And I like it to recognize fabrics, we had in our Shop in Munich. Say “Hello” to the kids from freezing Germany!

  7. Beautiful quilt. I can see this design has many possibilities. I like how you can incorporate large prints if you want, without chopping them up too much.

  8. This is such a happy quilt :-) I like the way you have resized the blocks and put them together. Also, this is a great way to use fabrics with different sized prints.Thank you for sharing, and for hosting the event :-)

  9. Amy, I love this. Of course I looked at the pictures first and was trying to figure out how to make the blocks. Then I read that you said “partial seams” – I have never done partial seams, but you have inspired me to try it.

  10. Your quilt is GOR-GEOUS! :o)
    Thanks so much for hosting the Blogger’s
    Quilt Festival. I *love* seeing everyone’s
    quilts and am so happy to have been able
    to add my own this time around.
    Have a fabulous weekend. Trish xo

  11. Beautiful and vibrant! Your fabric choices and quilting for the quilt are awesome! Thank you so much for hosting Blogger’s Quilt festival and for the opportunity to see so many lovely quilts!

  12. Lovely quilt. It looks like a great way to use those large prints you’re not sure what to do with.

    Thanks for hosting another great Blogger’s Quilt Festival.

  13. Love all the different sized blocks. Did you come up with the design beforehand? Or I guess what I am asking is, how did you know how many of each size to make? sounds like a math headache to me. I’ve been wanting to do a quilt with different sized blocks like this but wasn’t sure how to tackle it. Thanks!

  14. What a beautiful quilt and stunning entry!! I love how the scraps work so well together. Somethimes scrappy quilts look just too busy but not this one, it looks so perfectly balanced. Love it!

  15. What a beautiful quilt! I love the cheery fabrics, and I have always loved quilts that use motifs in different sizes. Thank you so much for doing the Bloggers Quilt Festival. It is so much fun to participate, and see everyone’s quilts.

  16. I just love the name of this quilt–it really suits it! The scrappy background looks like yellowed button cards, and of course, the stars look like different sized buttons! I can totally imagine seeing this on a bex in a cosy guest room or bedroom!

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