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Simple Plus Quilt (with tutorial)


I’m slowly but surely working on catching up with all the completed quilts around here.   This blog pretty much serves as a place to document completed quilty projects.

Today is a simple plus quilt.  I started this one back in July at a weekend retreat with friends and finished it off a few weeks back.   The grey is an Essex linen.   I believe the color is “grey” but it doesn’t look anything like the screen shot.  In person it is much more of a blue grey than a true grey.   Does that make sense?…lol.

This was an easy one to do at a retreat where thinking is minimal ;)   Holly of Bijou Lovely had the measurements figured out for me in about 5 minutes.   I tend to wing it with quilts and rarely figure things out before hand.   Which leads to much over or under cutting.

Here’s what you will need for this quilt:

Measures:   63″ x 84″

1 yard grey
3 3/4 
yard white
Binding:  5/8 yard or (8) 2.5 in strips
Backing:  5 yards

(90) 4 in grey squares (9 strips 4in x WOF)
(72) 4in white squares (7 strips 4in x WOF)
(17) 11in white squares (6 strips 11in x WOF)
Border:  7 strips 5.5in x WOF


Make 18 blocks.   Alternate with a solid white block when putting quilt top together.

Add a 5.5in white border.

Because the front was so simple I paired it with a vibrant floral backing.   This fabric is a Riley Blake print. quiltylove_EmilyDennis-9774

I went with 1 inch straight line quilting to keep the modern feel.


I think my favorite part is the aqua binding :) quiltylove_EmilyDennis-5553 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-5557 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-5561

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  • Brianna Robertson - Those pale colours and crinkle in the quilt are soothing. Makes me think of quiet mornings.ReplyCancel

  • Anne - Hi Emily. Love your quilt but I think the measurement for the large block is incorrect. 3. 75 inch squares by 3 = 11.25 inch less 1 inch for the seams = 10.25 squares not 11 inch. Cheers. AnneReplyCancel

    • Emily@QuiltyLove - Thank you Anne! I appreciate that! I meant for the squares to be 4″…. not sure what happened there.ReplyCancel

  • Anne - Oh that makes sense then. Would have been much easier cutting! Anyway I have made the quilt top in two blues and I love it! Thanks so much. I look forward to reading your blog – it is so inspirational.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - Hi Emily! Do you know the brand/color of the biding you used? I’m looking for something similar and can’t seem to find anything. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Janet Best - Great quilt! Thanks for sharing your pattern. I really love the backing fabric and wonder if you could be more specific about which Riley Blake print it is. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Trish - Love your blog, your style, and your quilts. Gorgeous! I’m not sure how old this post is with the grey and white quilt above, when it was made, but I love it. Couldn’t I just do the same thing with charm packs and if so is it 1 charm print to 1 charm solid plus yardage for the border? I’m not sure how much a charm pack equals in yardage.ReplyCancel

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