Here’s an easy and quick to stitch lap quilt design that practically makes itself. Start by pairing up 2 different fabrics that complement each other and cut 6″ squares from each fabric.
Next, stack the fabric pieces and make a horizontal and a vertical cut as shown below:
Separate the pieces-
Then rearrange the piles into blocks for stitching:
After stitching the blocks are 5 1/2″ unfinished.
Here’s a closeup of my layout, finished size of the blocks are now 5″ by 5″.
And the finished quilt top looks like this:
This quilt was 8 blocks by 12 blocks, (40″ X 60″) a perfect size for a lap quilt. It’s fun to play with the fabric colors, or try it with batiks, holiday fabrics or kid fabrics. You can use up your scraps, change the size, rotate the setting, whatever suits your fancy!
These beautiful Asian fabrics were recently donated to our Quilt Ministry. They are printed with gold highlights, rich colors and gorgeous details. I used an easy to stitch Half Square Triangle design that consists of a mirror image setting and uses only four different fabrics (the 3 shown in the first picture above and one more dark navy-gold print). This lap sized quilt has 96 five inch (finished size) square blocks . The overall size is 40″ by 60″.
At our quilt ministry group we received a donation of a bag full of 2 1/2″ by 2 1/2″ triangle blocks. Not wanting to let them go to waste, I took the bag home and started playing around with them. Using a 9 patch design with a solid square in the middle created a star block. These star blocks were then stitched together resulting in a secondary design of a pieced square block between each star. The quilt really needed a border fabric to tie it all together and I ended up using a narrow cream fabric with a nice red print which emphasized all the red triangles. It was fun to save the bag of scraps from the trash pile and end up with something useful- a lap sized quilt to be given to a person in need.