Friday Finish: Hip to be Square


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I have been quilting and binding quilts like a mad woman over the last two weeks.  I have been working on donation quilts for the West, Texas.  In all the flurry, I decided to throw one of my quilts on the frame and finish it.

This is “Hip to be Square”.  I had the quilt top finished last summer but then it just sat and I didn’t get it finished.  I ended putting it on my UFO list that I made at the beginning of the year.  This makes my 6th UFO finish of the year-ha-who!!!  There are still PLENTY more quilts on the list to keep me busy.

I have a free pattern available for this quilt that you can find that here.  One of my blog readers also made it and sent me a picture of her quilt that you can see here.

I used a sheet for the backing.  I thought the stripes would be fun with the plaids.

I used a square quilting pattern on this.  Variegated thread was used on the top and and white thread on the back.

I can’t say how much I love variegated thread..or how much I love doing the squares quilting design.

This quilt was 100% recycled.  The top was shirts..the back a sheet and the batting left over pieces sewn together from other quilts.  It makes me feel like it was almost free.

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  1. A masterpiece made from recycled fabrics…love it! Great job!

  2. Sandi says:

    Jo, love your quilt and the backing is fantastic with it. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

  3. Good for you making goals to finish your UFO’s and then doing it! I love the striped backing. Great job, Jo!

  4. Heather P says:

    Bright and beautiful! I love it!

  5. Oh my!! This quilt is beautiful! My favorite quilt patterns are ones that use simple squares arranged in an interesting way. Just lovely!

  6. Diane says:

    What a beautiful quilt! Love that it is all upcycled!

  7. Jan S. says:

    Really cool Jo, I love it!

  8. Julianne says:

    Its fantastic! What a great upcycling job! Yay!

  9. Ida says:

    I really really like this quilt Jo. Cheerful colors, lots of sizes of squares, it’s all so great!

  10. Lisa B says:

    Nearly free except for your time, which you are lovingly giving to the Texas cause. Thank you.

  11. Esther F. says:

    It is wonderful! Well done! Love this pattern!!!
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  12. Sarah C. says:

    That is a very cool quilt, Jo! And how wonderful that it was “free”!! Whoop whoop!!

  13. Pat C in Washingon says:

    Really like that quilting pattern with those plaids and stripes – it’s just the thing! I use soft recycled sheets with my charity quilts a lot – no piecing the backs of quilts! I have found flannel Star Wars sheets and Lion King sheets that have been perfect for little kids quilts.

  14. caroll says:

    I love your quilt. Thanks for sharing and the link. I can’t wait to make one too. Whoop! Whoop!

  15. rita tallent says:

    Thank you for such a lovely quilt pattern,which I want to make for my next project. I can’t see how much fabric is needed, would you be able to post the ‘ingredients’?

    Many thanks

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