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A modern quilt project that features a scrappy center.
This quilt started out as a modern minimalist quilt. The simple design of this quilt makes it a fun project! Frame out the center square with a wide solid binding, or add lots of rows of framing to make a more contemporary quilt. With a few easy steps you can make a similar quilt in fabrics that inspire you!

Posted by The Sewing Maven from Des Moines, Iowa, United States • Published See The Sewing Maven's 29 projects »
  • Step 1

    First figure out how many squares you will want for the center. I made three inch squares from scraps in nature colors. Assemble the squares in rows and then sew the rows together to form the middle square.

  • Step 2

    Make four to five inch wide strips of white fabric and frame out the middle square. Then choose a few prints and make 2 inch strips by the length of the fabric. Frame out the middle section again with the strips.

  • Step 3

    Make enough rectangles, basing the size and number on the size of the quilt. You will want to take the measurements and then divide until you get an even number, being sure to account for seams. Then sew the rectangles together and frame the quilt again.

  • Step 4

    Trim the quilt to make sure it is square, then lay the quilt top wrong sides together with the quilted backing fabric. Pin with large safety pins about ten inches apart, starting with one edge and work your way around the quilt.

  • Step 5

    Now comes the fun part! Quilt in whichever pattern you desire. You can leave the quilting simple if you want, and just go around the shapes. Be sure to quilt about every five to eight inches so that the backing is even throughout.

  • Step 6

    Finally make some 2 inch strips and sew the ends together to create the binding for the quilt. Sew with a straight stitch, with the binding right sides together to the quilt, right along the edge. Then wrap the binding around to the back of the quilt and use a zig zag stitch or other decorative stitch to complete the binding. When you get to the ends of the binding rows, stop about an inch before the end and tuck under the binding, then sew to the end of the strip.

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