Lemon Squares Quilt Pattern

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!

Here is alternate view of the quilt, mocked up in cool tones.

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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    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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    Kellie says

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

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    ColleenCollect says

    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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      Faith says

      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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    Heather says

    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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    Elise says

    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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    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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      Faith says

      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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    Michelle says

    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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    Amber says

    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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      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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    LuAnn says

    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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      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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    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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    Maggie says

    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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    LisaNZ says

    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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    sarah C says

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

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    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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    Patience says

    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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    Brenda says

    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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    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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    Terry says

    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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    Josie says

    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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    Claudine says

    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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    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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    Nancy says

    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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    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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      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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    Heather W says

    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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      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 says

    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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    Beth says

    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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    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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    Karen says

    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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      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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    Karen says

    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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    Tracey Hathaway Finch says

    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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      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 says

    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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    Barbara Macey says

    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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    Elise says

    I love your quilts and am just getting started myself in quilting, and i was wondering what fabric line you used in your lemon squares quilt i would like to find something similar if you have any suggestions


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    Karen Neuschaefer says

    I would like to use your pattern as the basis for a quilt I would like to donate to an Alex’s lemonade stand. I would like to be able to have it raffled off. Would that be ok with you? It seemed appropriate to have a “Lemon Squares” quilt for a lemonade stand. Thank you for the free pattern.

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    Cindy says

    I really appreciate the oldtime quilts and this one hit the mark for me. I wouldn’t really say I am quilter but I have made a few and I am going to try this next. Love the scrappy look. Any suggestions on how to make this a queen size quilt?

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