Quilt Finishes: Postage Stamp Quilts

I’m finally getting time to show off my postage stamp quilts that I made for my granddaughters, Lucy and Lilly.

These are Postage Stamp quilts.  When I put mine together, I made them by making nine patches with the color placement any which way.


These were a great way to clean out my 2 1/2″ scrap bucket.


They were made primarily by using the strip piecing method.  I made a Sew with Jo video while I was making these.  Here’s the video in case you missed it.  You can go to THIS LINK, save the video and watch it later on your television or device.

At the time I was doing the video I was planning on including panels in the quilt but changed my mind.

For the quilting I did…straight line quilting.

I really like it for simple quilts.  The idea of it never occurred to me until I saw Mary from Chicken Scratch Country Threads blog.  Since I saw her’s, I’ve done it several times.  I have a long arm so do it on the long ar.  People often ask if I free hand it or what I do.

YES.  It’s completely free hand.

I decided I would put two lines through each 2″ square.  Then I aim and stitch.  My aim if off from time to time but I’m totally fine with that.

I love how this is a bit of an eye spy quilt.  The placement of that cow was perfect.


People always ask about my color choices.  I went with rainbow colors, plus teal and whites that are heavily printed with rainbow colors.  I always make a few rules.  For this no browns, no grays, no blacks.


As I picked strips I watched for color noting the color balance.  Did I need more orange?  It’s not a color I often use so for that, I cut a few more strips from fat quarters.

A blog reader told me I should do something so my granddaughters could tell whose quilt was whose.  I did.  One got this print for the backing…

The other got the coordinating pink version of the same fabric.


Also one got a pink polka dot and the other got a teal stripe.


I am so happy to have these finishes.  These will be for the girls’ bedroom at Buck’s new house.  I haven’t given them to them yet.  We’ll wait until we get their beds set up.  I already made Scotty a quilt so I’m guessing that will move to Buck’s house.


WHEW…something checked off my list….and also a UFO checked off my list.

A wonderful kind blog reader sent me a stack of UFO blocks.  Many of these went into the quilt.  I did disassemble several of the blocks and took out the gray fabrics.  There are several nine patch blocks under the top blocks.  They went into the quilts as is.  So…check that UFO project off the list.  WHOOT! WHOOT!


It’s so great to finish off a couple of things at once.

Okay…onto the next UFO and the next deadline projects.

18 thoughts on “Quilt Finishes: Postage Stamp Quilts

  1. Kathy Barry

    I love these quilts! To me they are the quintessential patchwork quilt. They are just so happy, and I love the colours. I will be watching your video on how you made them. I’m sure the girls will treasure them. Well done you for getting them done and being able to strike them off your UFO list.

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  2. Julie Holleran

    these are beautiful Postage Stamp quilts!! I am sure the girls will just love them!! I like your idea of making varied 9-patches–i can see how this would be easier than just sq by sq. Nice work hugs, Julierose

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  3. The Joyful Quilter

    Thanks for sharing the completed quilts, Jo. Congratulations on getting them finished up so they will be waiting for the girls to get their beds at Buck’s house!

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  4. Cynthia from SWMinnesota

    Great idea that turned out beautifully X two! I love your quilts for your Granddaughters! Win, win! Soon I will be back to my sewing space, just a couple things to dig out of my gardens, and I just rememberedI have tulip bulbs to dig in as well! I have one step left to urethane on my inside project, which moved from the garage and driveway to the basement for warmth, then we will cut the steps to correct size and get this project underway. Then I can sew! Still organizing and going thru things in my sewing area as well getting projects lined up for winter sewing. I do not like the shorter days.

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  5. NJ

    Buck’s working hard to have a nice home for his kids. Your quilts add so much. Where do I find the picture of Georgie with her quilt ? That’s the one I’m starting and it’s my Leader and Ender project.

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  6. Mary Etherington

    Oh, what sweet quilts, Jo! To quote Mary Ellen Hopkins – “Never underestimate the power of the square!” And nice quilting – not so heavy that the quilts are stiff. Perfect!

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  7. pauline glynn

    i made one for my king size bed its made with 1.1/2 inch squares i love it but it is quite heavy. you do such wonderful work and i`m loving the Tutorials. thanks for all the work you put into your blog.

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  8. Jan Smith

    I’m. It surprised that you receive so many questions about color. You are so good at it. I just wing it usually because I just overthink it otherwise.
    Your pair of postage stamps are wonderful! The girls will be thrilled.

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