Working With Florals and Solids

I was going through my tubs of 5″ squares trying to do some condensing and organizing when I came across packages of 6″ floral squares.  Many years ago I traded for these squares with my guild members.  If I recall the reason we were trading 6″ squares was for the people who wanted to make the Watercolor quilts, and a 6″ square could be cut into nine 2″ inch squares, a size that worked well for the Watercolor quilts.  I had no intention of making a Watercolor quilt but I loved to trade fabric and a person cannot have too many precut squares.  So here they are, still unused after about twenty years!

stack of squares

Lately I’ve been looking at a lot of quilts from the 30’s and 40’s and trying to figure out what it is about those quilts that I love. Then it dawned on me that a number of them used solid fabrics, sometimes in many colors, as their background fabric.  So I just had to give it a try, teaming up those nicely aged 6″ squares in florals with some solids.

blocks on design wall

I’m loving it! Here are some of the blocks close up, do you recognize any of these vintage fabrics? Do you still have some of them in your stash?

yellow and blue



I think this will be my next charity quilt, so look for the directions for this quilt in some future blogs.


Pat Speth author of:  Nickel Quilts,   More Nickel Quilts,    Amazing Nickel Quilts,  Nickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

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4 thoughts on “Working With Florals and Solids

  1. I’ve got 5 or 6 of the florals you used! I keep thinking I will make a Watercolor quilt one day — that day keeps moving further and further into the future …

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