A Throw Sized Quilt Made with Five Inch Squares

Even though this week is a bit gloomy here in the midwest, spring has still arrived! Azaleas and irises are in full bloom outside, and the peonies are next in line.

I ordered this low volume bundle of fabric a few weeks ago with spring and summer in mind, and some of these fabrics have been the perfect addition to our home.

A throw sized quilt with five inch blocks. Simple patchwork quilting!(From Amazon)
Black dots
  |  Yellow flowers  |  Blue gingham  |  Bees and flowers  |  Pink colorful flowers  |  White solid  |  Off white solid

I finished this throw sized quilt with simple five inch blocks. If you have a collection of pre-cut charm packs, those would be perfect for this quilt. Obviously, this is not one to showcase intricate piecing or ornate quilting, but I chose this simple patchwork because I loved the fabrics in this quilt.

A throw sized quilt with five inch blocks. Simple patchwork quilting!

I landed within the dimensions of a standard throw sized quilt with 15 rows of 12 blocks (all five inch blocks). I used this tutorial to cut the blocks and once again, I used Cluck Cluck Sew’s machine binding tutorial to finish the quilt.

A throw sized quilt with five inch blocks. Simple patchwork quilting!(Via Fabric.com)
Black dots
  |  Yellow flowers  |  Blue gingham  |  Bees and flowers  |  Pink colorful flowers  |  White solid  |  Off white solid

I wasn’t too finicky about laying out all the blocks before hand. I somewhat randomly chain pieced all the blocks into pairs and then into fours and finally into sets of six. My only stickler was I didn’t want any matching blocks next to each other.

A throw sized quilt with five inch blocks. Simple patchwork quilting!

After sewing sets of six blocks, I laid all the rows out on the floor. I used this opportunity to rearrange colors and combinations to ensure I had balance in the quilt. I didn’t want all the yellow floral jumbled in just the top or all the pink in the bottom left.

A throw sized quilt with five inch blocks. Simple patchwork quilting!

Once I had the sets of six balanced and figure out, I sewed the sets of six into rows of twelve. Then I sewed the rows of twelve blocks together to make the quilt. Like I mentioned above, this quilt consists of fifteen rows of twelve blocks.

I used six different patterns of fabrics. I used about 3/4 of a yard of each fabric for the blocks. The back took about 2 1/2 yards of fabric. The finished quilt measured around 51 by 64 inches.

A throw sized quilt with five inch blocks. Simple patchwork quilting!

I couldn’t be happier with the simplicity of this quilt!

A throw sized quilt with five inch blocks. Simple patchwork quilting!

If you really like this combination of prints, you may enjoy this quilted pillow cover I have listed in my shop.

Quilted Pillow Cover perfect for spring!

(Please note that affiliate links have been used in this post.)

Quilting a throw sized quilt with five inch squares.

32 thoughts on “A Throw Sized Quilt Made with Five Inch Squares

  1. Very pretty! I love how light and cheerful it is. I happen to be starting on a charm square throw for my husband tomorrow. I cannot tell you how much I am going to love not cutting squares!!! I’m going to be using Moda Snowfall Wovens and I can’t wait to start putting those lovely little squares together. LOVE charm packs!

  2. I am working at sewing the squares together for this quilt (I am beyond excited) I was wondering how after the top squares are all sewed together how you got the quilting lines on each side of the seams? Does that question make sense?

    1. Hi Ashley, yes, your questions makes total sense. After you sew the top together, you make a quilt sandwich with some fabric on the back, batting in the middle, and the squares on top. I used the seams of the squares as my guide and sewed a quarter of an inch seam allowance down each seam.

      Your presser foot is your quarter of an inch guide. Line up your presser foot with each straight seam from the squares and sew through all three layers of your quilt sandwich.

      I have a tutorial about sewing a quilt together and quilting using the seams as a guide here if you are interested in checking it out: http://www.thewillowmarket.com/how-to-sew-a-quilt-everything-you-need-to-know-about-quilting-packed-into-a-simple-coaster-tutorial/

      It may be helpful!

      Ask more questions if something is unclear! 🙂

      1. First thank you for always replying and replying so quickly! The concept of attaching the batting and back I totally understand. I guess I am just unclear how to actually sew it with such a large piece of fabric once you get to the middle. Do you have a special sewing machine?

        1. Hi Ashley, I think I understand what you are asking. I added a temporary picture to the very bottom of this post to help explain.

          My sewing machine is not extraordinarily large, and my first sewing machine was smaller, and I quilted a queen size quilt on it…so I know it’s possible!

          The best advice I can offer is to baste really well. Lots of pins or basting spray. Then start quilting in the middle. Roll the sides of the quilt up really tight and nice kind of like the picture. Then gently feed the quilt through the machine. I usually drape the quilt over one of my shoulders as I feed it through.

          Most sewing machines come with a table extender too…which is the platform on which you sew. It may be something you have to order separately if it didn’t come with your machine. Those make quilting much easier because you have a bigger platform around your presser foot.

          Hopefully that is helpful!

    1. Hi Vickie, yes! I used 100% cotton batting. I believe it was warm and natural cotton batting. I buy it by the roll from Jo Ann’s.

      It’s fun to hear you’ve been inspired by this one! I’d love to see pictures once you are finished. 🙂

    1. Hi Ashley, I started with a half yard of each of the seven prints of fabric. I know I didn’t use the full half yard of each fabric though. Depending on how large your quilt ends up, you will need three to four yards of fabric for the backing. Hopefully that’s helpful!

      I’m so glad to hear you are attempting a quilt! Enjoy the process!

  3. Kelli, I’m a beginner so have a simple question. When you say 5″ squares, are they cut 5″ or 5 1/2″? Just want to be sure you don’t mean after sewing together each square is 5″. TIA!

    1. Hi Mary, good question! I started with five inch blocks. After you sew them, they’ll end up as 4 1/2 inch blocks in the quilt. Hopefully that’s helpful! I’m glad you are able to reference this tutorial and let me know if you have other questions. Thanks for stopping by!

      1. Thanks so much! I haven’t worked up the nerve to make a quilt yet but this one seems like a good one to start with! So glad I found you!

        1. You should go for it! Just don’t be to picky about being a perfectionist on your first one! You’ll learn as you go and get better and better. 🙂

  4. Thank you for listing the fabrics. I have a difficult time color-coordinating and would rather buy custom-made bundles. I will read your blogs more closely to see if you list more low volume bundles. I have just discovered your blog and have already learned so much!

    1. Hi Joy! You make me smile! I’m soooo glad you were able to find some inspiration from this bundle of fabrics, and I’m even more happy to hear you have learned a bit from reading here. You encourage me! And thanks for leaving a comment. I hope to hear from you again!

    1. Hi! Thanks Jen. 🙂 Five inch squares were perfect for showcasing this group of fabrics. Simple for sure, but I’m enjoying it! Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Hi Kate, that’s a great way of saying it…featuring the fabrics and not the intricate piecing or quilting detail. This one was a breath of fresh air to make…it went together fast and simple. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Thank you Nancy! This simple summery quilt came together fast, and every now and then, that makes for a fun project. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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