Button Box Quilt

I’m so happy to have a new finish to share with you for Blogger’s Quilt Festival!  My Button Box quilt is a variation of a quilt I made last spring, with a twist. Previously, it was made with 9″ blocks and a very pretty fabric line, however, while designing the block I realized that I could easily adjust the size (as you can with most blocks) and decided that I needed to make a scrappy version!

I loved pulling fabrics from my stash/scraps for this project, and reminisced where each had been used in previous projects. Some in very different projects, and others had been waiting for this one! While I was selecting fabrics, I tried to use mostly fabrics with the same saturation, or intensity.  The few exceptions offer a resting place for your eye in the midst of the busy prints.

The blocks are 3″, 6″, 9″ and 12″ with appropriate sized flying geese for each block.  I LOVE making flying geese – they are like magic!

Even the background fabrics are scrappy, this quilt was all about making with what I had on hand.  The different backgrounds offer depth in the quilt top that a solid may not have given it – so I’m glad for the way it worked out.  Piecing the blocks into the top took some effort – I had to puzzle out which partial seams to add, and when to finish them.  But it was well worth the time spent!

 I quilted this on my domestic machine (Babylock – Melody) with a walking foot, and large arching lines.  I started at one corner and worked my way across the quilt, the lines are about an inch apart.  Then I bound it by machine as well, using a blanket stitch on the edge.  That was a first for me, and I’m pleased with the results! (yes, that’s snow on the quilt!)

I worked on this quilt for six months, off and on, which was a challenge for me! I don’t have the patience to wait to finish things usually, but sometimes life dictates what is to be, or not to be.  I worked on it as I could and looked forward to having more time to sew it up!

My kids always enjoy “helping” me take photos – it seemed appropriate to include a few of their silly grins! They have watched this quilt from the very beginning, and will now enjoy snuggling with me under it on the couch.

Thanks for reading, and participating in Blogger’s Quilt Festival! I love the online community, and have fun hosting this event every time!

xo – Amy

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Stats

Finished quilt measures : 60″x 72″
Special techniques used : none
Quilted by : Me!
Best Category : Scrap Quilt, Home Machine Quilted
Entry # : 1

**If you are interested, I altered my original pattern to include a layout guide and block count for this quilt.

By |2018-02-04T16:00:55-06:00October 26th, 2012|Bloggers Quilt Festival, finished quilt|86 Comments


  1. Sara Victorious October 26, 2012 at 12:14 am - Reply

    I just love the insouciant joy of this quilt! (and the kids, of course!) I love all the motion you got into the quilt, with the quilting. It definitely adds a fun dimension!

  2. liveacolorfullife October 26, 2012 at 12:25 am - Reply

    What a beautiful quilt! Very fun photo with the kids!

  3. Rachaeldaisy October 26, 2012 at 12:28 am - Reply

    Wow! What a gorgeous quilt! A happy party of colours!!

  4. Kristen October 26, 2012 at 12:35 am - Reply

    Love this pattern. It’s on my list to get and create it and then enjoy it so much. It makes me smile.

    Thanks for creating it.

  5. Heidi October 26, 2012 at 12:39 am - Reply

    Love a scrappy quilt that means lots of love!! The kids obviously love it too! Such a great photo collage!

  6. Eileen October 26, 2012 at 2:09 am - Reply

    Really loke scrappiness of this and variety of star sizes. Love it! Have a great day

  7. charlotte maxwell October 26, 2012 at 3:04 am - Reply

    Sew beautiful Amy!! Love the helpers!

  8. Pattilou October 26, 2012 at 3:17 am - Reply

    What a fun array of color in your quilt. The block is an interesting block to show off that color and I love how it all came together! Your darling kids make your photography so personal. Thanks for hosting this show as it is a treat I look forward to each season you offer it!

  9. Kerstin October 26, 2012 at 3:28 am - Reply

    What an amazing quilt! And I love the photos of your kids goofing around with it!

  10. Cille October 26, 2012 at 3:29 am - Reply

    I like it better in the scrappy version actually :) Lots of life and happiness. Both in the quilt and around it.

    Kids are just so cute when ‘helping’ us taking pictures LOL I asked my boys to just hold up a quilt yesterday and it went totally nuts from there. So I have no nice, stylish pictures for this round of the festival.

  11. Susan October 26, 2012 at 3:33 am - Reply

    Button Box is the perfect name for this quilt… All sizes and much variety and special things to be found – just like a button box. The kids are an extra special find too.

  12. Gemma @ Pretty Bobbins October 26, 2012 at 3:52 am - Reply

    What a fun quilt! And great photos at the end LOL It’s really lovely, well done!

  13. Carla October 26, 2012 at 3:53 am - Reply

    What a fun quilt! I love the last set of pictures especially:)

  14. Sarah Craig October 26, 2012 at 4:39 am - Reply

    Such a gorgeous quilt, Amy, and now on my bucket list!!! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Michele October 26, 2012 at 4:44 am - Reply

    Great idea for a scrappy quilt. I just love all the color.

  16. Lesly October 26, 2012 at 5:20 am - Reply

    Love your colourful quilt! and the photos – especially the outtakes are hilarious! What fun!

  17. Karen October 26, 2012 at 6:44 am - Reply

    This design is perfect to use for a scrappy quilt. Very colourful and appealing. Snow? Brrrr…..! Love seeing the kids in the pics, too.

  18. Snoodles October 26, 2012 at 7:24 am - Reply

    Gorgeous! I have been staring at the photos for quite a while….love the kids’ joyful photos!

  19. Judy B October 26, 2012 at 7:42 am - Reply

    I love scrappy quilts, but they are the most difficult for me to accomplish. Thanks for the inspiration.

  20. Carla October 26, 2012 at 7:43 am - Reply

    It’s gorgeous! Love the photos of the kids.

  21. Staci October 26, 2012 at 7:57 am - Reply

    This is just lovely! It has such a unique look with the scrappiness of the background and all the different sizes of the blocks. Very nice, in every respect! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  22. Vicki October 26, 2012 at 8:09 am - Reply

    It’s beautiful, Amy! I love a great scrappy quilt and I especially like you used different background fabrics in this one.

  23. Janice October 26, 2012 at 8:16 am - Reply

    This is such a great quilt design! What a fun way to use favorite fabrics!

  24. Ann October 26, 2012 at 8:22 am - Reply

    fun fabrics beautiful!!!!!!!!!! ann

  25. Cindy Sharp October 26, 2012 at 8:24 am - Reply

    Love it!

  26. Pat October 26, 2012 at 8:24 am - Reply

    What a glorious scrappy and joyful quilt! Beautifully made!

  27. STUNNING!!! And I LOVE your quilting! Genius! How cute are your outside shots! I would frame that one!

  28. Denise in PA October 26, 2012 at 8:38 am - Reply

    What a great quilt! Love the outtakes too – LOL!

  29. Sabine October 26, 2012 at 8:54 am - Reply

    Love this quilt, love the festival! Thanks for both, and scrap on!

  30. Verena October 26, 2012 at 9:05 am - Reply

    I love your quilt! So much to discover! And I like it to recognize fabrics, we had in our Shop in Munich. Say “Hello” to the kids from freezing Germany!

  31. Heather October 26, 2012 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Your quilt is fantastic. I love the variety of prints and the variety of neutrals. Makes it very fun and interesting! And your kids are HILARIOUS!!

  32. carolyn October 26, 2012 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Wow! That is some beautiful, scrappy goodness! And I lovey how you quilted it!

  33. Krista - Poppyprint October 26, 2012 at 10:00 am - Reply

    It is a beautiful quilt and I love the scrappy backgrounds very much! Great colours – a true button box!

  34. Jen October 26, 2012 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Beautiful quilt. I can see this design has many possibilities. I like how you can incorporate large prints if you want, without chopping them up too much.

  35. Elisabeth October 26, 2012 at 10:59 am - Reply

    I LOVE this quilt. I fully plan to buy it and make it after the new year. <3

  36. CitricSugar October 26, 2012 at 11:08 am - Reply

    I love this quilt, especially the slightly different background fabrics… It adds so much dimension.

  37. Lori October 26, 2012 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    What a happy quilt!

  38. Kristan @ Doodle Do Designs October 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    Amy! It’s gorgeous. It’s a scrappy delight. Nicely done!

  39. Kelsey October 26, 2012 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    I love all of the size variety! Beautiful fabrics, beautiful quilt!

  40. Mary on Lake Pulaski October 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Absolutely a gorgeous BEAUTY Amy! I love everything about this quilt and your story about it.

  41. Katy(LethargicLass) October 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    I love all the great colours and prints you used!

  42. Alicia October 26, 2012 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    Beautiful! Its a wonderful way to use scraps!

  43. Suz October 26, 2012 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    Great quilt! A burst of stardom!!! (The shapes are similar to those in my BQF quilt btw!)

  44. Carolyn @ Sweetboaterchick October 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Beautiful quilt! Love that you used what was on hand to complete the entire quilt. I really do love the scrappy look!

  45. Sonia October 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Amazing quilt! Love the photo with the children. Thanks for your time, your work and your enthusiasm. You are an awesome host!

  46. diane stanley October 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    this has so much going on. I love all the fabrics you have used.

  47. Lori October 26, 2012 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    The texture and cuddle factor of this quilt is just fabulous! Love the scrappy background. And the kids. Just not the snow!!

  48. Flying Blind October 26, 2012 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    Stunning x

  49. JohnaLee October 26, 2012 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Absolutely darling!

  50. Eldrid October 26, 2012 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    This is such a happy quilt :-) I like the way you have resized the blocks and put them together. Also, this is a great way to use fabrics with different sized prints.Thank you for sharing, and for hosting the event :-)

  51. Debbie Clarke October 26, 2012 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    A really great scrap quilt. I like that you thought what if about the pattern and changed the sizes to create your own version.

  52. Gretchen F October 26, 2012 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    What a fun quilt!

  53. Vicki W October 26, 2012 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    This is a fabulous quilt!

  54. Sunshine Girl October 27, 2012 at 12:02 am - Reply

    Fabulous quilt – the children obviously love it too! Thanks for sharing.

  55. Gene Black October 27, 2012 at 7:13 am - Reply

    Amy, I love this. Of course I looked at the pictures first and was trying to figure out how to make the blocks. Then I read that you said “partial seams” – I have never done partial seams, but you have inspired me to try it.

  56. Joan October 27, 2012 at 7:19 am - Reply

    Well now, every fun quilt deserves fun faces playing in front of it. It’s a perfect fit!! :-)

  57. trish October 27, 2012 at 8:50 am - Reply

    Your quilt is GOR-GEOUS! :o)
    Thanks so much for hosting the Blogger’s
    Quilt Festival. I *love* seeing everyone’s
    quilts and am so happy to have been able
    to add my own this time around.
    Have a fabulous weekend. Trish xo

  58. Lisa October 27, 2012 at 10:16 am - Reply

    Great colors! I love your “models” in the last photo. Thanks for a wonderful festival Amy!

  59. SewCalGal October 27, 2012 at 10:24 am - Reply

    Amy, this is an amazing quilt. Love the design, fabric choices, quilting. Inspirational.


  60. AlwaysSewLove/Kathleen October 27, 2012 at 10:40 am - Reply

    I love it! I really like how you used the light grey in the background. Fabulous!

  61. Diane October 27, 2012 at 10:45 am - Reply

    Love the scrappy design. Lots of movement in this quilt. Very nice.

  62. Krista October 27, 2012 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Love this! I want to make one and have lots and lots of scraps! Thanks for sharing – and hosting this quilt fest!

  63. Dana October 27, 2012 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    Beautiful quilt. I really love the pictures with the kids, so silly and happy.

  64. Carol E. October 27, 2012 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    I can’t find Linky! Help?

  65. Janet October 27, 2012 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    Fabulous quilt! I love the various different sizes of blocks.

  66. pratima October 28, 2012 at 1:53 am - Reply

    Beautiful and vibrant! Your fabric choices and quilting for the quilt are awesome! Thank you so much for hosting Blogger’s Quilt festival and for the opportunity to see so many lovely quilts!

  67. Rene' October 28, 2012 at 9:56 am - Reply

    This is beautiful Amy!!! Love the different size blocks and the scrappiness factor!

  68. Lisa Lisa October 28, 2012 at 10:11 am - Reply

    Stunning! I love all the colors!!! Thanks so much for hosting the festival :)

  69. Michelle October 28, 2012 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    Love your Button Box Quilt and your use of scraps! Just beautiful!!!

  70. dawn October 28, 2012 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Love the scrappy look of your Button Box Quilt! Your quilting is fantastic! Gorgeous!

  71. Shari October 29, 2012 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    Lovely quilt. It looks like a great way to use those large prints you’re not sure what to do with.

    Thanks for hosting another great Blogger’s Quilt Festival.

  72. Marla @ SewHungry October 29, 2012 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    Love all the different sized blocks. Did you come up with the design beforehand? Or I guess what I am asking is, how did you know how many of each size to make? sounds like a math headache to me. I’ve been wanting to do a quilt with different sized blocks like this but wasn’t sure how to tackle it. Thanks!

  73. Amy October 29, 2012 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    It’s lovely! I really like the variation in the background fabrics.

  74. Derrith October 30, 2012 at 10:18 am - Reply

    I can’t believe all the work that went into this quilt! It’s beautiful and happy!

  75. Carla October 30, 2012 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Such a great block, it is so regal looking. All those rich colours really look great in this. The photo with your children is priceless :)

  76. Samantha October 30, 2012 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    This is a wonderful quilt! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  77. Kate Brown October 30, 2012 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful quilt and stunning entry!! I love how the scraps work so well together. Somethimes scrappy quilts look just too busy but not this one, it looks so perfectly balanced. Love it!

  78. Candace Hassenc October 31, 2012 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful quilt! I love the cheery fabrics, and I have always loved quilts that use motifs in different sizes. Thank you so much for doing the Bloggers Quilt Festival. It is so much fun to participate, and see everyone’s quilts.

  79. tusen October 31, 2012 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    I think the photos with your kids reflect the mood of this quilt perfectly. It’s such a happy quilt.

  80. Lizzie October 31, 2012 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    I just love the name of this quilt–it really suits it! The scrappy background looks like yellowed button cards, and of course, the stars look like different sized buttons! I can totally imagine seeing this on a bex in a cosy guest room or bedroom!

  81. Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts October 31, 2012 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    I do love this quilt Amy! Thanks for hosting a great BQF yet again!

  82. Lily October 31, 2012 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Hi! This looks very pulled together for being a scrappy quilt! Really fun and beautiful and looks like your kids enjoyed it too! : )

  83. LoriD November 1, 2012 at 8:42 am - Reply

    Love love love the quilting!! Did you mark it first?

  84. Vera November 1, 2012 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    It’s lovely and makes me feel happy!

  85. marjorie November 1, 2012 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Fantastic Quilt….such color choices.

  86. Samantha November 5, 2012 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Beautiful! And so much fun to see the kids in the photos. :)

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