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Blue & White Quilts: 13 Remarkable Quilts with Timeless Appeal

Blue & White Quilts: 13 Remarkable Quilts with Timeless Appeal

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Blue & White Quilts: 13 Remarkable Quilts with Timeless Appeal

212 pages
57 minutes
Dec 2, 2019


Crisp, calm, and captivating--experience the magic of blue & white! From the editors of the best seller Red & White Quilts comes a fresh take on another timeless color combination. Thirteen dreamy quilts from famed designers and collectors include a mix of exciting new designs and sentimental favorites, and three antique treasures to remake using today's fabrics and techniques. From traditional Nine Patch and Album quilts to the pinnacle of patchwork, Tree of Life, enjoy spectacular blue & white quilts from:

Lissa Alexander . Lisa Bongean . Julie Hendricksen . Sherri McConnell . Camille Roskelley . Laurie Simpson . Helen Stubbings . Debbie Roberts . Jill Shaulis . Nancy Mahoney . Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison

You'll be captivated by the creations that come from this humble two-color palette, as quilters have been for generations. It's an eternal classic that never goes out of style.
Dec 2, 2019

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What comes to mind when you think of timeless color combinations? You know the ones. They never seem to go out of style. They look as fresh and inviting today as they did decades ago. And in all likelihood, they’ll look equally enticing years from now. Chances are, blue and white came to mind. For some, it’s the sea and sand, for others it’s the moon and sky, or maybe even a favorite pair of jeans and a crisp white shirt. The pairing of blue and white is as much about a feeling or mood as it is a picture in your mind’s eye. Either way, it’s been a winning combination for generations of quilters. Which is why the 13 special patterns in this collection are joined together here, so you may choose your favorite(s) and embark on creating your own timeless treasure. (No one said you couldn’t have more than one favorite.) Whether you’re captivated by appliqué and have always wanted to try your hand at it, or the geometric shapes of patchwork spark your imagination—there’s something inside these pages for you. Maybe you’re ready to re-create a vintage quilt from years gone by; you’ll find patterns for three antique quilts. Perhaps you know someone celebrating a wedding, a new grandchild, or even a 45th (sapphire) anniversary. There are patterns to celebrate all of life’s memorable occasions. If a family reunion is upcoming, considering turning the Tree of Life (page 39) or Antique Album (page 77) blocks into a signature quilt to record your heritage.

The beauty of blue-and-white quilts is not just the classic colorway. In combination with perennial favorite blocks, such as Stars, Baskets, and Nine Patches, the repetition of familiar shapes also speaks to the enduring sentiments of these stunning quilts. Today’s designers have taken every opportunity to simplify the sewing and piecing so that your lasting memory might be the joy you had while piecing or appliquéing a quilt your family will treasure for years to come. Blue and white—forever a classic.



Create an heirloom to be treasured when you make these striking blocks in dazzling shades of blue. This design is one of my favorites—the scrappy patchwork blocks seem to twinkle before your eyes, and the vibrant quilt will sparkle for years to come. ~ Nancy

QUILT SIZE: 77½ × 77½

BLOCK SIZE: 15 × 15


Yardage is based on 42-wide fabric. Fat quarters measure 18 × 21. Fat eighths measure 9 × 21".

32 fat quarters of assorted blue prints for blocks, sashing, and pieced border

16 fat eighths of assorted blue prints for blocks, sashing, and pieced border

5⅞ yards of white solid for blocks, sashing, pieced border, and outer border

1 yard of royal blue print for inner border and binding

7¼ yards of fabric for backing

86 × 86 piece of batting


All measurements include ¼" seam allowances.

From each of the blue fat quarters, cut:

1 square, 5½ × 5½ (32 total)

1 square, 4½ × 4½ (32 total); cut into quarters diagonally to make 4 large triangles (128 total)

1 square, 4 × 4 (32 total)

2 squares, 2½ × 2½ (64 total)

3 rectangles, 2 × 3½ (96 total)

2 squares, 2 × 2 (64 total)

From each of the blue fat eighths, cut:

1 square, 4¾ × 4¾ (16 total)

1 square, 4 × 4 (16 total; 2 are extra)

6 rectangles, 2 × 3½ (96 total)

2 squares, 2 × 2 (32 total; 7 are extra)

From the white solid, cut:

3 strips, 15½ × 42; crosscut into 40 strips, 2 × 15½

5 strips, 5½ × 42; crosscut into 32 squares, 5½ × 5½

4 strips, 4½ × 42; crosscut into 32 squares, 4½ × 4½. Cut the squares into quarters diagonally to make 128 large triangles.

5 strips, 4 × 42; crosscut into 46 squares, 4 × 4

1 strip, 3½ × 42; crosscut into 4 squares, 3½ × 3½

5 strips, 2½ × 42; crosscut into 64 squares, 2½ × 2½

4 strips, 2⅜ × 42; crosscut into 64 squares, 2⅜ × 2⅜. Cut the squares in half diagonally to make 128 small triangles.

21 strips, 2 × 42; crosscut into 384 squares, 2 × 2

8 strips, 1½ × 42

From the royal blue print, cut:

9 strips, 2½ × 42

7 strips, 1¼ × 42

Choosing Fabrics

When choosing fabrics from the same color family, be sure to include a variety of scales and textures to make your quilt interesting. Florals, plaids, stripes, dots, and geometric designs in different scales can all work together in a quilt. Even

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