Lemon Squares Quilt

I am in love with this quilt. It reminds me of a bowl of citrus, which I love. I have been wanting to make a quilt with oranges and yellows ever since I saw this beauty – Sunshine Squares by Susan Weinroth. It is such a happy quilt. I decided to add in pink and actually follow a plan for once. {Normally I tend to cut first and think later.}

After coming up with the piece sizes on paper, I tested each block out and verified my dimensions before cutting everything. It’s a good thing I did, because I had a few mistakes with my math. 🙂 After a couple corrections, I was actually able to cut everything out and sew these in bulk. Wow, what a difference that makes! I was done with my squares a lot faster than usual.

I used a variety of fabrics from my stash to create a scrappy look. The usual suspects – Denyse Schmidt, Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, Lizzy House, Heather Ross to name a few.

I’ve always loved the look of those patchwork backings, so I used several coordinating prints on the back. I just randomly laid them out and sewed them together.

The binding is one of my all time favorites prints, Amy Butler’s Pink Coriander. It is out of print and I had almost used all of mine up. I was pretty bummed out about it, when Megan over at Lucy & Norman sent me a hot tip about some at a little shop in the Pacific Northwest. I called and had them send me everything they had. Oh the shame! Now I’m set for a while. 🙂

The final size is about 51″ x 60″. I quilted it free motion with Quilters Dream Request Loft batting. I was debating whether or not to keep this one. For now, it’s available in the shop.

And as promised! The quilt pattern is available for free here. I hope you enjoy it!



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    July 8, 2010

    Faith this quilt is sooo pretty. I just love a good clean simple block design. Thanks so much for offering your cutting dimensions for the pattern. I will have to whip one up!

    BTW I’m going down to Portland in two weeks (for Heather Ross’s design class!) and will hit that shop again on the way down if you want me to scope anything else out!

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      Fresh Lemons : Faith

      July 8, 2010

      You are so lucky to go to that class! Jealous! I think I’m going to have to put myself on a fabric diet…my sewing room is getting a bit ridiculous. 🙂

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    Mama Mel

    July 8, 2010

    I LOVE this! Beautiful colors! And I love simple patchwork too! Going to take your pattern and make one for myself. 🙂

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    July 8, 2010

    It’s gorgeous!
    (And you’re not charging enough for it!!!)
    Andi 🙂

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    July 9, 2010

    I Love it! Its so fresh and cheery… Its cold here and its nice to see a little ray of sunshine!!

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    Live a Colorful Life

    July 9, 2010

    This quilt is ridiculously fabulous! The color and fabric selection is perfection. Thanks so much for the pattern too.

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    wishes, true and kind

    July 9, 2010

    I really LOVE this quilt! So fresh and pretty.

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    izzy inspired

    July 9, 2010

    simply gorgeous….love the color combo, so fresh and cheerful! I may need one for myself, if I ever get caught up, that is! thanks for sharing your pattern, Faith.

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    Dandelion Quilts

    July 11, 2010

    Thanks for the cute freebie.

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    Lena Green Johansson

    July 24, 2010

    Hallo! I made a blanket with inspiration from the quilt. I really liked doing it och thank you for the free pattern.
    I live in Sweden and this is wonderful to chare these things all over the world.
    Best regards Lena

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    August 15, 2010

    this quilt is GORGEOUS! i love the colors, so cheerful and fun. thank you so much for sharing the pattern too! 🙂

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    May 18, 2011

    This is beautiful! Thank you for the pattern, it is so nice when talented people share their beautiful ideas.

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    June 21, 2011

    LOVE this pattern – thankyou for sharing! I have been looking for the right pattern for a particular fabric my friend picked out and this is perfect! I am not sure how to share a picture;)

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    December 6, 2011

    love this pattern too

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    December 12, 2011

    love this pattern. Working on piecing the tops using a combination of blues, turquoises and greens. Should look pretty cute too.

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    January 7, 2012

    I fell in love with this quilt when I saw it on here–I decided to go ahead and make it and have been working on it feverishly all week! I can’t wait until I finish it__Thank you for posting! ((By the way, your directions are so clear and easy to understand–and I LOVED how you added the fabric cutting diagrams–helps to have a visual!))

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    April 5, 2012

    I just wanted to let you know I used your Lemon Squares with Jansdotter’s Echo fabric, and it came out great!! It is here:
    Thank you for sharing such a great pattern!!
    Adirondack Modern Quilt Guild

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    April Cobb

    November 13, 2012

    Ok, Faith. i have maid 3 quilts in my whole life, and the last one didn’t even lay down flat. This beautiful quilt will be by #4. Wish me luck. Thanks for making this available, friend.

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    January 16, 2013

    I would like to do this pattern for a baby/toddler quilt. If I keep your dimensions of the blocks the same, how many blocks would be a good amount to do for that size quilt? The last quilt I made was about 10 years ago, this is just too cute for a new baby girl. The color scheme for the room is pink & gray, what types of colors then would you recommend? Thanks for your time 🙂

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      January 16, 2013

      Hi Stacy – when figuring out the number of blocks you need, you just need to do a little quilt math. The blocks I used were 6″ wide and 9″ tall (finished). For a baby, I usually make something around 36″ x 48″. So, you’d take 36″ divided by 6″ per block and get 6 blocks wide.

      Then you’d take 48″ divided by 9″ tall and get somewhere between 5 and 6 blocks tall.

      So overall, you’d need between 30 and 36 blocks of this size, total.

      For a pink and gray room, I might use those colors in lots of different shades but work in accents of other colors I like.

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    Anne Beier

    October 18, 2013

    Beautiful quilt. They are very happy colors. Yellow has always been my favorite color, because it is a happy color. i don’t use much orange, but now you’ve got me thinking….I’m working on 2 1930’s quilts, and I might just put a little more in.

    If you know any sources for oop fabrics, please send them to me. i wrote a post about oop fabircs, and how to track them down, along with various great sources I’ve come upon. I’m about to post the list, and will re-post it every six months with additions from my readers, other bloggers, and fabric companies.

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    Tina Macy

    May 28, 2014

    This is beautiful! And I’m a new quilter not about to make quilts for sale, but I do have a question about patterns and copyright. I don’t want to EVER infringe on someone’s creative property. And this is NOT in any way meant to be snarky, but since your quilt pattern was inspired by the Sunshine quilt, and the pattern looks really similar, how do you determine originality? If there is a slightly different size square or shape, does that make it “one’s own?” I mean there are only so many ways to use basic shapes – how do I avoid creating something that is too similar to someone else’s? Thank you for sharing!

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      May 28, 2014

      Hi Tina – Thanks for your comment! Don’t worry, your question is totally understandable and not snarky. 🙂 I was inspired by the colors in the Sunshine Squares quilt, but her quilt contains off centered rectangle/square centers with one ring per block. My quilt contains completely centered squared centers, in many cases multiple rings. I would say her quilt look improvisational and my quilt uses patterns for repeated blocks. So although I was inspired to make a “happy, bright, yellow quilt” like Susan, my block layout and assembly is different.

      A square-in-square design, or log cabin, is probably one of the most common quilt block around. If you are looking to make your own quilt pattern, as long as you don’t copy someone’s measurements and text from their pattern, you should be fine. (disclaimer: I’m not a lawyer! lol) The text of the pattern is what is copyrighted.

      If you are looking to make a quilt and post it online, I always always always encourage you to cite your source and inspiration.

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    Tina Macy

    June 5, 2014

    Thank you! That makes perfect sense and now I feel better about trying out something without fear of crossing creative and ethical lines! I will definitely remember to include source inspiration; I always appreciate these links myself.