Square quilt tutorial and patterns for chairs

I promised a tutorial of the 2 Square Quilt.  I am by no means a pattern maker and that’s why I started doing patterns for designer chairs, and when I make a tutorial I write them out like it is crafting for dummies.  So if you already know some of these steps, and feel I’m talking to you like a 5 year old, its just because I like my directions like that.  Its so much easier to have all the pieces and omit what you don’t need, then to struggle to discover the missing link!

1 Jelly roll or 40 2 1/2″ strips of various fabrics
3 yards for the cream blocks
1 1/2 yards for border
3/4 yard for binding

Cut your fabric in 2 1/2 inch strips.  I put salvage end to salvage end together that way my strips come out at 44-46″.

Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, match one of the pattern strips with your solid strip, wrong sides together and sew down the length.Press your strips open.  I like to press to the darker side.  As I matched these with a cream, I pressed all my seams to the pattern side as I didn’t want the seam to show on the backside.Cut your strips in 2 1/2″ increments, until all your strips have been cutOnce you have finished cutting you should end up with 640 little 2×2 rectangles

I have done the math for you.  You are making 16 rows and in each row should be 40 2×2 blocks.  You can always adjust this to make it longer or wider.  This quilt is already 76×90 inches, so a little bit bigger than a twin and a bit smaller then a full size

I placed these all in piles with 40 2×2 in each pile.  This way I could ensure that there were an equal number of colors in each row.Now Its time to start sewing!

Tip!  Pin!!!!

I’m not a pinner, I usually wing it, but with this quilt I really wanted all my little seems to be spot on and the only way to really achieve that is to Pin!

From your first stack, take 2 2×2 squares, right sides together, and pin to match the seamSew them together until you get some 2×4 blocks (shown)

You can strip piece these.  That is where you sew one after another, just keep feeding them through the machine.  (ill have to write a tutorial for that as well!)Take your 2×4 blocks and sew together, so on and sew on until you have a long row with 40 2×2 blocks.You should end up with 16 rows (or less if your making a smaller quilt)

You will notice that I have a few 2×2 blocks reversed.  I did this just to add a few mistakes, I think it made it a bit more interesting, but you don’t have to do it, you can keep it all in order.

Once you have all your rows completed either lay them on the floor or hang them up.  (I pin mine to a quilt I have hung up, that way I can visualize what its going to look like)

I wanted to have color on the edges so when I lined up the strips on the left and right side there are pattern pieces faceing both sides.  by the time you get to the middle you should have 2 solids meeting.Sew your rows togetheradd a 2 1/2″ boarderI actually had some 2×2 blocks left over so I did a second round on the boarder.  I sewed the 2×2 blocks end to end, then added some of the solid fabric to finish the stripAll the way around.I added a 3rd row of solid.  I did this specifically because I used a cream fabric, and I knew with my binding I wanted it to enclose the quilt and felt if the binding met the 2×2 squares that it wouldn’t be a dramatic if it was surrounded by some more cream.  So you will notice in the finished quilt above there is an additions round of cream fabric.  Total there were 3 rounds of 2 1/2 boarders


Quilt as desired.  You can either send this out to a machine quilter or quilt it yourself.  I quilted this at home with just a simple grid pattern.  i quilted 1/4″ right and left side of each seam.  This is a good way as a beginning quilter to start getting comfortable quilting your own projects and getting used to the weight.

If you have any questions feel free to ask!