Lemon Squares Quilt Pattern


** I’ve had several requests to offer the Lemon Squares quilt as a printable, PDF pattern.  It is now available in my shop!  The PDF pattern includes more in depth and complete instruction, as well as full assembly diagrams for creating your own Lemon Squares quilt. **

The Lemon Squares Quilt Pattern is a squares-in-squares quilt that is made out of only 6 types of blocks. See the blog post about this finished quilt here. I chose to make this quilt look scrappy by using a wide variety of fabric from my stash. You could also use solids and have a classic, cleaner look.

I used 5 sets of fabric colors for my quilt and that is reflected in the mockup: Light pink, dark pink, light orange, dark orange, and yellow.

1. Cut out the fabric for your squares. Below are the piece sizes for each of the 6 types of blocks. My quilt consisted of 7 rows. Each row had one of each of the 6 types of blocks. So, if you wanted to create a quilt of the same size and look, you would need to cut out 7 of each of these blocks.

Update: I receive a lot of emails asking if so-and-so is enough fabric for this quilt. I made my quilt from scraps, so I never had made cutting diagrams. I have updated this pattern to include a pdf of suggested fabric amounts/cuts.

Lemons Squares Quilt Pattern Cutting Diagrams
PLEASE NOTE: The cutting diagram contains fabric amounts to create THREE of each block, for a total of 18 blocks. You will need to multiply these fabric amounts by the number of blocks you want for your quilt. For example, if you want 6 of each block for a total of 36 squares, you will need two times the amount of fabric used in the above cutting diagrams.

Block A Pattern Color
Center Block Cut 1 4.5” x 4.5” Yellow
Ring 1 Cut 2 4.5” x 1.5” White
Ring 1 Cut 2 6.5” x 1.5” White
Ring 2 Cut 2 6.5“ x 2.25” Light Orange
Ring 2 Cut 2 10” x 2.25” Light Orange
Block B Pattern Color
Center Block Cut 1 3.5″ x 3.5″ Dark Pink
Ring 1 Cut 2 3.5” x 3.75” White
Ring 1 Cut 2 10” x 3.75” White
Block C Pattern Color
Center Block Cut 1 3.5″ x 3.5″ Light Pink
Ring 1 Cut 2 3.5″ x 1.75″ White
Ring 1 Cut 2 6″ x 1.75″ White
Ring 2 Cut 2 6″ x 2.5″ Dark Orange
Ring 2 Cut 2 10″ x 2.5″ Dark Orange
Block D Pattern Color
Center Block Cut 1 3.5″ x 3.5″ Dark Pink
Ring 1 Cut 2 3.5″ x 1.75″ Yellow
Ring 1 Cut 2 6″ x 1.75″ Yellow
Ring 2 Cut 2 6″ x 2.5″ White
Ring 2 Cut 2 10″ x 2.5″ White
Block E Pattern Color
Center Block Cut 1 2.5″ x 2.5″ Light Orange
Ring 1 Cut 2 2.5″ x 2.5″ White
Ring 1 Cut 2 6.5″ x 2.5″ White
Ring 2 Cut 2 6.5″ x 2.25″ Light Pink
Ring 2 Cut 2 10″ x 2.25″ Light Pink
Block F Pattern Color
Center Block Cut 1 7.5″ x 7.5″ Yellow
Ring 1 Cut 2 7.5″ x 1.75″ White
Ring 1 Cut 2 10″ x 1.75″ White

2. Sew squares together using a 1/4″ seam allowance. This should leave you with an approximate 10″ square.

3. Square your blocks to 9.5″.

4. Arrange your blocks randomly for the finished quilt and sew together.

5. Create your backing, baste, quilt and bind! Enjoy your fresh Lemon Squares!

Pattern is for personal use only. Please do not copy the pattern, resell pattern or post copied text and/or sizes on your blog. Feel free to link as much as you want though! There will be a permanent link at the top of this blog. Thanks for understanding! 🙂

I hope you enjoy the pattern and I’d love to see what you make!



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    July 8, 2010

    I love this! I think I may try it for my next quilt. 🙂

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    Claire - Matching Pegs

    July 8, 2010

    It looks fabulous.

    Thanks for the pattern, it was so kind of you to put in the work to share it.

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    July 8, 2010

    This is just so so so cute! 🙂 Thanks for the pattern… So nice of you to do all that math for us!

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    July 8, 2010

    Sooooo great! What great graphics and descriptions. Your quilt is just beautiful, so hopefully mine will too, right?! 🙂

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    July 8, 2010

    Wow, I love this! Thanks for sharing the pattern!

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    Katie B

    July 9, 2010

    Cool pattern! I’m definitely putting this on my list.

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    July 9, 2010

    Awesome! I just saved it to Delicious!

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    July 9, 2010

    So sweet! thanks for sharing!

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    July 9, 2010

    i love, love , love this pattern and WILL be making it!! 😉

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      October 28, 2014

      I was looking for a simple modern quilt. This will be perfect. Thank you for your hard work.

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    wishes, true and kind

    July 9, 2010

    Thanks for the great free tutorial! Just looking at it, I was suddenly struck with inspiration about just what fabrics I could use for this. Now I just need to do something about all my other WIPs….

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    Michelle Keenlyne

    July 9, 2010

    Thank you so much! I love it! You are one of my new favorites.

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    July 9, 2010

    love this pattern and your whole blog – will definitely be adding both to my bloglines and pattern queues!

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    Mary ann

    July 9, 2010

    Wandered over from ala mode! Love your work and I see this quilt in my future.

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    July 10, 2010

    Thank you very much for the pattern. Your quilt is truly beautiful!

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    July 11, 2010

    This is such a beautiful pattern!!! I’ve been collecting red and acqua fabrics and have now a good batch and was wondering what to do with them. Guess what?? I promise to come back and show pictures as soon as my quilt is ready.
    Thank you so much for sharing such an inspiring pattern.

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    July 12, 2010

    I love how you have added the graphics, breaks it down for a beginer. Love the colours too. Beautiful!

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    kim woolf

    July 13, 2010

    Thank you for the free pattern. I love the bright colors you used on this quilt!

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    July 13, 2010

    that is a fun quilt pattern and you’re generous to share. i sent your link to my daughter–i’m sure she’d love this pattern. love the two color choices you’ve shown

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    July 14, 2010

    Excellent, thanks much for taking the time to do that!

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    July 14, 2010

    It’s gorgeous, Faith! Thanks for sharing! I’ll add it to my growing list of inspiration quilts and patterns to tackle one day.

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    July 17, 2010

    Love your Lemon Squares Quilt! It’s so clean, fresh & summery!

    P.S. Lemon squares: the name reminds me to look up fav. dessert recipe!

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    August 17, 2010

    Oh my goodness…I love this quilt, and quilt pattern! Thank you so much for creating the pattern and sharing it with us for free:) I am still new to quilting, so patterns are very helpful…and modern, cute patterns are had to find! Thanks:)

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    August 30, 2010

    so pretty, i like the color combinations. the clean lines, the white background. i should buy a bolt of kona cotton so i can be inspired to work with bright colors.

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    Liz Taylor

    September 8, 2010

    I just finished my version of this adorable quilt. I made mine a few blocks bigger, but I love it! I linked back to your blog here:


    Thanks for the pattern!

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      September 9, 2010

      Oh wow, I love it! This is the first finished quilt I have seen from the pattern (besides mine of course!) How exciting! I’m glad you were able to use it to make something so beautiful. 🙂

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    October 4, 2010

    God send!! This is exactly what I was needing to make a fun, bright, modern quilt as a holiday gift. Absolutely perfect, thank you!

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    November 5, 2010

    I am so excited for this pattern, when I saw it I loved it! when I found out that there was a free pattern, I LOVED IT that much more! Thank you Wish me luck!!!

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    November 29, 2010

    I love this quilt! Your colors are so fresh, very uplifting.

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    December 20, 2010

    I love this quilt. Quick pattern question: do you know approximately how much of the white you need for the quilt (at least the size you made it)? I’m trying to figure out if I have enough or need to buy more! Thank you!

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      December 21, 2010

      I don’t have an exact amount since I just used various fabric I had on hand, but if you get about 2 yards I bet that will be plenty.

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    January 13, 2011

    Thank you for sharing this pattern. It’s so bright and pretty. I can’t wait to get started making it.

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    January 19, 2011

    What a gorgeous pattern…I shall definitely try to make it…thank you!!

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    March 13, 2011

    What a great cheerful, crisp quilt! I’m slowly inching myself away from more traditional quilt patterns, and this one looks like a great stepping off point. Thanks so much for the pattern and for the time you took to make it available to us.

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    July 1, 2011

    I’m a beginning quilter, but I LOVE this quilt. But I honestly can’t figure out how you sew it. Are the squares layered on top of one another. Do you actually cut out the rings and sew the squares into each other. Please forgive me–I’m blonde AND an Aggile. 🙂

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      July 1, 2011

      Hi Amber! You will cut a variety of squares and rectangles. The squares are the middle of the blocks and then you sew the rectangles to the top and bottom of the square. And then to the sides of that resulting piece.

      If you are new to quilting, I highly recommend Elizabeth Hartman’s quilting book. It’s great and explains everything you need to know to get started. 🙂

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        Linda Gebhardt

        February 28, 2017

        I have been sewing for 50 years- definitely not a beginner- and I have the same questions as Amber. I believe she is asking how to sew each block – not how the blocks are sewn together. So, concerning one block: Is the smallest, center square appliquéd on the block below it? If so, are the edges of the smallest, inner block ironed under and then it is sewed onto the center of the middle-sized block? Thanks for your help. Linda

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          February 28, 2017

          Hi Linda – These blocks are traditionally pieced, no applique. So, for example, let’s look at Block A. The yellow center fabric is cut at 4.5″ x 4.5″. Next, select the white “Ring 1″ fabric. First, stitch the 4.5″ x 1.5″ pieces to the top and bottom of your yellow center square. Press your seams. Then stitch the 6.5″ x 1.5″ pieces to the left and right of your block unit. You will now have a 6.5″ x 6.5” pieced unit.

          Take your orange fabric cut for “Ring 2″ and stitch the 6.5″ x 2.25″ pieces to the top and bottom of your block unit. Press your seams and then stitch your 10″ x 2.25” pieces to the left and right of your block unit. Press your seams and you have your first block.

          I hope that helps!

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    July 1, 2011

    I just found a link to your pattern on flickr and I love it! It’s now on my must-make-soon list! 🙂

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    July 6, 2011

    what do you think this would look like if I just used different patterns in White, Red and Black, White being the main color??

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      July 6, 2011

      LuAnn – that would look nice! I do use 3 color families besides white – pink, orange and yellow – so it would look a bit different without another color besides the red and black. What about grey?

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    August 1, 2011

    I’m excited to try this out–my first attempt at quilting, making one for Baby Girl. My goal is to get it done before she has a sibling! I have some pinks, yellows, & greens that I think will be really cute.

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    August 2, 2011

    I made this quilt using solids. Here’s the link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/michelleramsay/5991117509/

    Thanks for the great pattern!!

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      August 2, 2011

      Michelle I love it! Thank you so much for sharing the photo with me. 🙂

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    August 6, 2011

    I just discovered this site and love it! I have been looking for ages for the right pattern to use with fabric collected from my mom’s lilly pulitzer golf skirts and this is the perfect pattern! Just in time to get going before her birthday this fall! Thanks for sharing your patterns!

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    August 23, 2011

    Hi I love this pattern and want to make is ASAP but want to know I have enough of certain colours before I start cutting into my oh-so-precious fabric stash (!!). how many FQs of each colour or want length of each fabric would you need? thanks, your site is gorgeous btw, 🙂

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      August 31, 2011

      Hi Lisa! I have updated the fabric to include a PDF download with cutting diagrams. I hope that helps you with your planning!

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    sarah C

    December 6, 2011

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful tutorial! This is first on my *after Christmas, totally for my fam* quilt list!

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    January 2, 2012

    Just finished piecing the top. Finishing the back today. Then, braving the quilting myself. Had lots of fun with this pattern as well! Thanks for putting it out there! Happy New Year!

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    January 8, 2012

    This is so pretty! I was wondering if it would be OK to use these quilts blocks for an online exchange by mail? I am in a group of folks who use people powered machines (hand cranks and treadles) and would love for us to trying something new and well ‘fresh’!
    We would link to your website if that would be OK? And probably provide some additional information about yardage, etc.
    Check out http://www.treadleon.net for more information.
    Just a lovely quilt.

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    January 15, 2012

    Hi Faith,

    I just posted my quilt to Craftsy with a link to your web site so people could see where I got the great idea. I changed the pattern a bit since I made it for my young granddaughter, but it’s the same squares. I’m a beginner quilter, but I was pleased with the result. Thanks so much for the pattern!

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    January 17, 2012

    Thanks for the great pattern. I’m making this for my little boy in greens, blues and browns. I’ve pieced the top and made the backing – and am just about to do the quilting but I’m not sure what way to quilt it. I’m not confident enough to do free motion quilting so it will have to be straight lines. Do you have any suggestions of what might work well?

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    February 2, 2012

    Hi again, I finished the quilting and blogged about it here: http://funkbunnysgarden.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/my-creative-space-littlefbs-quilt.html

    Thanks again for the fab pattern!

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    February 2, 2012

    Hi Faith,
    I just finished a baby size quilt top from your tutorial. Thank you so much for offering this on your blog-I love it. Now, just to decide how to quilt it. I’m half thinking of hand quilting with embroidery thread around each of the squares.
    Here’s a link if you want a peek.

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    February 17, 2012

    Hi Faith, what great colors (lemon?) you chose — I love salmon and oranges and pink and hope to do this one soon — so many patterns – so little time 🙂 Thanks for sharing – Terry

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    February 19, 2012

    how do i sew the fabric ontop of the fabric??

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    Christine L

    February 20, 2012

    Faith, I love your blog and I love this quilt.. I am working on one right now using some yardage I had in my Stash. I am also going to be making another for a baby quilt for a co-worker. This is just a wonderful fun-fresh and modern pattern. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!
    You can check out the piecing I have done on my Lemon Squares at…
    http://www.quiltmonstercloset.com/2012/02/4g-lemons-wonky-bits.html Thanks again!!!

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    February 23, 2012

    Im in Love! I’ve been looking for just the right pattern for a graduation quilt for my only niece. I cant wait to start. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    February 25, 2012

    I think this is beautiful. It is so thoughtful of you to provide the sizes and pattern etc.

    Lydia, your question is a great one. When I first quilted and saw these sorts of patterns I thought the fabric was layered on top of each other too!

    HOWEVER…. all the blocks here are made up of one square and several small strips sewn together… so on Block A there is/are 1 small square of pale orange, 4 strips of white, 4 strips of dark orange.

    Hope that helps.


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    Christine L

    March 11, 2012

    Faith.. I have made another Lemon Squares Quilt. This one for a co-worker…He bought the fabric..I made the quilt 🙂 I just love this pattern and THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing it online!!

    Here’s a Link if you wanna check it out. I have a few Non-Quilty friends that wanted to know what all is involved. This particular quilt I documented over three posts SewFest… 🙂 Sorry if it’s long winded..

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    April 19, 2012

    I just finished my Lemon Squares quilt, made with Lotta Jansdotter’s Echo line. I really like it!! It is here:
    Thank you so much for generously sharing this pattern!

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    April 20, 2012

    I finished this! I did horizontal quilting and a pieced/scrappy binding. Thanks again for a great pattern.

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    May 27, 2012

    I love your quilt pattern and made it in Dr. Suess fabric for my nieces little girl. I am thinking of making it in some red and white fabrics my daughter just bought. Thank you again for sharing this very fun pattern.I tried to show you a picture, but no luck.

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    June 6, 2012

    thank you! your quilt looks really cool and fresh!

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    June 22, 2012

    My granddughter picked Lemon Squares as what she wanted for her twin-sized bed and in the lemony colors you used. I found a colorway of perfect fabrics but was in a quandry as to how much to buy to make a twin sized quilt. I did pretty good with 1 yard each of the 6 colors ; a fat quartr of teh dark pink and 2 yards of the white which was not quite enough and I had to substitute on one block. Oh I made 54 blocks and now have ordered more of one of the fabrics for a border as it was stil too small. I am liking the quilt and I know she will love it. She likes whimsical things

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    July 3, 2012

    Is there a way to print the pattern from the web site?

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      July 6, 2012

      Hi Sara – no, there is no PDF that you can download and print. The only option is to print the website through your browser. Just make sure you “Print Preview” first so you only select the first 5 pages or so, otherwise you will print all the comments as well.

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    Jennifer Schifano Thomas

    July 11, 2012

    Divine! I love square in a square type quilts. Great design. Have a super day!

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    Heather W

    August 2, 2012

    Hi Faith! I am thinking this pattern will work nicely with Cloud 9’s Happy Drawing Fabric…my son just loves Ed Emberley books so I thought it would be a nice way celebrate my son’s willingness to draw now (he’s 7 and drawing/coloring has not come easy for him)….before I take the plunge and order the fabric thought I would ask if you have any suggestions for fabrics from the collection. Thanks so much!

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      August 3, 2012

      Hi Heather – that will be so cute! I tend to like using fabrics that have more color as the background and less white in the background. I think they pop more set next to the white (if the solid is white that is). Or if you use a tan or something as the solid then all the prints would pop nicely. Did you see there is a Happy Drawing Too line coming out in October? More prints to incorporate if you wait a couple months. I hope that helps!

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    Lisa Marshall

    October 10, 2012

    I love this quilt! I spent all winter working on a black quilt. When spring came, I just couldn’t do it any more! So, I dug into my scrap bag and made Lemon Squares. Come to find out, my best friend is expecting a baby girl, so I guess it will become a baby quilt. I’m almost done, but need some ideas for quilting it. What did you do? The photos don’t quite show the quilting.

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    Luisa Jiménez

    November 25, 2012

    I enjoy this quilt.
    Me parece precioso, y un gran trabajo hacerlo y publicarlo.

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    December 1, 2012

    Hi Faith! When I saw this quilt I fell in love with it–So I decided that I had to have one just like it! It took me 7 months to make (I work full-time) but I was SO happy with the results! –Vanessa

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    December 3, 2012

    Thanks so much for this pattern. I had been looking for a pattern that I could use the colors of jewels with black as the accent, and this is turning out so pretty. It was going to be a surprise for my 28 year old daughter, but she discovered me making it and fell in love with it. In buying the batiks and varying shades of the colors, I have 27 colors in the quilt. It has been so much fun to make!

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    December 31, 2012

    Thanks so much for this pattern. It was just what I was looking for and I’ve made up a version for a friend who is off to University shortly. I’m sure she will love – now just the small matter of the quilting….

    You can see it here – http://sustainingstitches.blogspot.co.nz/2012/12/searching-for-sunshine.html

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    January 30, 2013

    Hi there! I just printed this gorgeous pattern and wanted to say thank you for sharing it! I can’t wait to get started on it. Will post pic when done. 🙂

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    March 23, 2013

    What a great pattern! And very kind of you to share it. I like how you have made yours. Thank you

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    May 3, 2013

    Hi! I have recently (as in VERY) become addicted to the notion of quilting. I have even made several pinwheel squares. The end.

    Not really, ha ha. (But, yeah, really). If only I could figure out how to join the squares in your tasty lemon square quilt … Sigh. Maybe your quilt is not for a neophyte like me, but I am jonesing to try it especially since I just picked up some fabric at a yard sale in all the colors of your quilt! I say it’s fate. But only if you don’t mind helping me out a bit. If not, I guess I’ll just go and bake confections…:)



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      May 5, 2013

      Hi Karen – How exciting! Watch out – quilting is pretty addictive! 🙂 There are lots of great resources for how to put together a quilt. I always recommend Elizabeth Hartman’s Practical Guide to Patchwork. It’s great for beginners! You can find it at the bookstore or online (Amazon).

      Happy Sewing!

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    May 8, 2013

    Hi Faith,
    I just made this quilt in yellow, black, white, grey and aqua’s. I just love it. I had a request to sell the quilt. I know that I cannot copy or share the pattern but I am unsure of your stand on selling the quilt made with your pattern.

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      May 8, 2013

      Yes Karen, you are free to sell it on a craft scale. As long as you aren’t Pottery Barn or something. lol

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        May 8, 2013

        Nope, just little ol’ me making a few quilts a year and sometimes selling them. I will post a picture when I get it quilted and will credit the pattern to you when inquiring minds want to know….thanks.

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    Tracey Hathaway Finch

    May 30, 2013

    I have wanted to make a quilt using your Lemon Squares pattern and finally found the perfect opportunity and time to do so. Instead of using “summertime colors” I opted for “fall colors” and am pleasantly surprised by how bright the quilt is turning out to be. When I had finished 6 of each square, I decided that I needed one more row, so improvised a 7th pattern instead of making one more of each square. I’ve posted a pic on FB. Many thanks for sharing your patterns.

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    Kylie Brewer

    September 23, 2013

    I loved your pattern and was able to make my in-laws a Christmas gift quilt using it as the base. Thought I’d share it! Thanks again for offering the pattern for free!


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      September 24, 2013

      It turned out great! I love all the personalization – the names, the photos. They are going to LOVE it. Major in-law bonus points coming your way. 🙂

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    Kate Hayford

    February 10, 2015

    Thank you for the tutorial. I have been looking for a pattern for my first quilt ever, and this is the one! Wish me luck!

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    June 10, 2015

    thankyou for sharing this pattern! I have made it is a bright colourway & it looks fantastic.

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    Barbara Macey

    January 18, 2016

    I find this pattern to be “fresh” & appealing. I like using yellow colours & this is going to be great. Thank you ever so much.

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    Heather Forman

    June 1, 2016

    I just finished the top of my Lemon Squares quilt. I thought it would be a good showcase for some large-scale prints. Thanks for this!


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    September 18, 2016

    Thanks for sharing the pattern for this darling quilt! I’m going to use it to make a baby quilt.

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    April 11, 2017

    I am a new quilter and I have access to wonderful fabrics but I’m still learning about design. This is lovely and it fits some terrific pieces that I’ve been trying to fit together. Thank you so much. I’ll take a photo when I get it done (I’m a beginner, it will be a little while:)


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