Cottage Square Quilt is here!

The Cottage Square quilt is finally here!


I have been so excited to share this with the world.  This sweet quilt has such a special place in my heart.  It was designed shortly before my world turned upside with my dad's stage 4 cancer diagnosis.

Every time I see it, there is a feeling of nostalgia for the time in my life when things felt simpler and more carefree.  I had no idea the battles that awaited me, but when I see this quilt--it puts me in touch with that softer side of me.

Whenever I design a pattern, I start with the fabrics and work backwards.  So when I saw the beautiful fabrics in Amy Sinibaldi's Haven Collection--I knew a nine patch block would be the perfect way to enhance these beauties.

Amy's collection is so sweet and I upped the cozy factor by using a roll of Pale Pink Chenille-It binding on the edges.  Isn't it the sweetest detail?  

Alicia @wildblooms_quiltco has kits for this version if you are interested in making this one.  You can shop by clicking here.

But as much as I loved my cover version, it turned out that this quilt looks great in anything!  You can make it super scrappy or you can make it more controlled.  The larger squares are charm pack friendly, too.

This pattern is the 2nd in my Essentials collection.  My plan is to create budget friendly patterns that showcase classic blocks with a modern twist.  Even if you are a new quilter, the Essentials patterns are easy to follow and will get you started on learning traditional quilt blocks.

If you are a more experienced quilter, the Essentials patterns are quick to make and will be perfect for when you want to use up your stash.

I hope you will love this pattern as much as I do.

Without further ado, here are some of the other versions to inspire you!

Mary Burroughs-Mayer, @embercraftcompany


Mary is a supremely talented pattern tester, and her Cottage Square quilt is no exception.  Mary used fabrics from the Art Gallery Fabrics (AGF) Mindscape collection by Katarina Roccella.

The result is a an elegant palette of navy, blue and orange.  It makes me want to buy a house on Lake Como in Italy and live happily ever after.  

Jen Cannon, @piperautumnfabrics

Jen and I have been friends since 2020 when I first started testing alongside her for Sharon Holland.  Jen is the owner of Piper Autumn Fabrics, an online shop filled with beautiful fabrics.  

She made this summery, vibrant version using a blend of AGF Pure Solids.  The best part?  She has kits in her shop so you can make your very own!  Check out her shop here.

Michelle Corless, @compassandwildflower

Michelle made her quilt using a collection of fabric from the Art Gallery Fabrics (AGF) Fanciful collection by Sharon Holland.

This collection is a dreamy mix of blenders that play like solids, but with more detail.

If you aren't following Michelle yet, she is a super kind, generous person and rocks at free motion quilting on her machine!

Jess Cottrell, @cottage.laine

This is Jess' first time testing for me and she really knocked my socks off! 

She used a beautiful blend of AGF fabrics and some of her own hand-dyed fabrics to create the coziest quilt ever. 

And can we talk about the hand quilting she did?  Talk about dedication!  Every detail of this quilt is magic.

Conni Frankl, @prairie_hugs


Conni was a maker for my fabric shop when it was open.  She impressed me with her talent to make beautiful quilts and her desire to learn.  

She made her quilt using a curated bundle from @MorganKellyquilts and the result is so stunning!  I love the use of the darker fabrics for the little crosses--so classic!

Kristin Quinn Creative, @kristinquinncreative

I've been a big fan of Kristin's fabric shop since it opened up.  Kristin has an incredible eye for fabric bundles and I was thrilled when she agreed to put together a kit for my pattern! 

Here is mock up of Kristin's kit using a blend of AGF fabrics.  She curated from several collections but several are from the Lullabee collection by Patty Basemi. You can shop the kit here.

Victoria Newmyer, @midlife_quilter

I would be remiss if I didn't share my second version I made of the Cottage Square quilt!  When you love a pattern this much, one is not enough. 

Plus, I had a beautiful Roseglow bundle that was begging to be used.  This lovely bundle is by my fellow AGF Sewcialite, Abby @abbymaed.  

This one is not available in a kit, but I'm adding info below so you can make your own!  

All fabrics by Art Gallery Fabrics.

1 Roseglow FQ Bundle by Abby Maed 

1 1/4 yard Pure Solids Ocean Fog

1/8 yard Gentle Nostalgia

2 yards Pure Solids White Linen

5/8 yard Pure Solids Ocean Fog for binding

5 1/2 yards backing (I'm using Intrinsic Soft by Sharon Holland)

Raquel Riche, @richeraquel_the_quilting_pedal

Raquel is a super talented and creative maker. I've been so impressed with all her hard work and she can turn out a quilt super fast!

Raquel made an extra scrappy version for her quilt, using different borders for each block!  To make the quilt extra scrappy, consider using a charm pack and different 1/4 yards to cut the border pieces.

You will need (108) 4.5" squares for the large nine patch blocks and (12) different 1/8 yard cuts for large nine patch block borders.

Christine Trotta, @sile.wares

Christine is also a quilty friend I made in 2020--the year of the pandemic and the quilt world explosion!  Christine is a talented maker who owns a shop selling beautiful, coastal-inspired handmade items.  She made this amazing neon version that makes me want to throw on some puffy socks, grab one of those pens with the 10 different ink choices and my Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper!  It's 80's, it's fun and it's ultra cool!

As you can see, this pattern is so simple, yet versatile.  I really hope you enjoy making it.  And do not forget to tag me if you share pics on Instagram!  I would love to share your work.  Tag me using @midlife_quilter to be sure I see it.


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