So, the scale is off on this one for me and the quilt doesn’t flow from block to block but I wanted to try a different 3 yard quilt and it’s another one that just doesn’t photograph all that well. I don’t dislike it, I just don’t love it.

Although, when looking at it closer up … it doesn’t bother me as much.

This is one I saw online when doing a search for 3 yard quilts and I debated what size blocks to use. I think I might have been happier with 8 inch finished blocks and a border rather than the borderless 10 inches finished blocks I went with. I did play a bit with the idea before piecing the top but I don’t think I’ll do this one again.

You might wonder what the appeal is in the 3 yard quilts – although let me say I always use more than 3 yards and adapt the borders, number of blocks and binding to suit my needs/taste. There are several reasons I’m enjoying making them.

  • First, it’s always fun to do a project with a group and see what everyone else is coming up with and my HeartStrings group started making them this spring.
  • It’s nice to work on a quick easy project in between scrap quilts which take me longer and involve a lot of sorting and cutting of fabric (not that I mind since scrap quilts are my favorites) but these are a nice break too.
  • They’re great projects for working with larger prints or novelty fabrics for kids.
  • They make cute kids quilts and nice lap size donation quilts for adults.
  • And finally, they’re great stash busters. Because I can typically piece one of these in an afternoon, I feel like I’m making a lot more progress using up my large stash than when I’m making scrap quilts and see no progress at all so it’s a good balance for me.

And in case you’ve forgotten what my large stash looks like … it’s still a bit of a mess with the bins everywhere. One of these days I’m going to have to take some time and get a bit more organized.


  1. Mary, WOW! What a stash!
    Re: Quilt. I have this very same fabric from Connecting Threads! I used it in my guest (travel themed) room and made a bed runner, curtain, pillow cases and pillow shams, and three throw pillows for the guest bed. I still have some fabric and a FQ bundle left and will make a quilt for this room sometime next year.

  2. Thank you–I no longer feel guilty about my stash! I do like the bordered quilt better, but I also believe that you made a very nice quilt and whoever receives it will be thrilled!

  3. I like it with a border better and I’m not crazy about the 3 fabrics together but I sure like them separately. Yes, you have a great deal of stash but I equal you. Maybe not more, but equal. And I love most of it too.

  4. Yes, you do have a lot of potential quilts in your stash. A friend of mine has a favorite 5 yard quilt she makes often. I have yet to make one but it is on my list. It is also fast and easy and I love the way it looks. It looks much harder than it is and that’s the kind of pattern I like.

  5. Interesting background fabric in your quilt. It was interesting to me that the repeat came out almost in the same place in the square each time. Or did you plan it that way?

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