Easy Fat Quarter Batik Quilt tutorial

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Are you looking for another fast and easy quilt to make? Grab your fat quarters and create this beautiful quilt in no time at all.

Easy Fat Quarter Batik Quilt tutorial
Easy Fat Quarter Batik Quilt tutorial

Updated post from January 2017

Lost blog post on quilt tutorial

This blog post was lost in my archives and forgotten about until someone saw a photo of this quilt in a recent newsletter I shared. I love this photo of Miss Sadie and Mr. Mickey who are both gone now.

This photo was taken in 2019 at our river house when the Mississippi River was flooding like it is doing right now. I am thankful we no longer have to deal with floods.

Anyway, I searched and searched and couldn’t find any more photos of the king-size quilt which I gifted to a friend so I’m not sure how many blocks I used to make it.

Dogs on king-size Fat Quarter batik quilt

Fat Quarter batik quilt

Fat Quarter Batik Quilt on ground
Fat Quarter Batik Quilt

The quilt is 56″ x 64″

Here are the quilt blocks on my design wall. Once I had the blocks all made, I just randomly turned them in different directions and then pieced the rows together.

Fat quarters were used to make this quilt

Fat Quarter quilt squares on design wall
Fat Quarter quilt blocks on the design wall


Easy Fat Quarter Quilt Tutorial

A fat quarter is usually 18″ x 22″. I made the blocks a little smaller in case you wash your fat quarter. Follow the diagram to get enough pieces for 4 blocks from each fat quarter. It will take 14 fat quarters to make this size of the quilt.

You could also use yardage to make this quilt. A 1/2-yard is 18″ x 42″ so you could use (7) 1/2-yard pieces to make the quilt.


Cutting the pieces:

Use the following diagram to cut your pieces.

How to cut the quilt block pieces for a fat quarter
Diagram of cutting

Sewing the block together –  use a 1/4″ seam allowance, press to the dark fabric.

How to cut the HST squares

After you have made your half-square triangles, use the following diagram to piece the rest of the block.

Life along the River quilt block diagram
Diagram of piecing

I put flannel on the back of the quilt and also used Hobbs 80/20 batting so it should be a warm and comfy quilt. Perfect for my niece and her husband to use while watching television, or they can take it with them when they go boating.

Fat Quarter Baby Quilt

I also made this quilt with another beautiful collection of fabrics that weren’t batiks. This was another gift for a baby and I used flannel on the back of it. When gifting a baby quilt I like to wash and dry it first.

Fat Quarter quilt in pink fabrics
Baby quilt

Quilt Size is 48″ x 56″

I used (11) fat quarters to make the baby quilt. You could also use (6) 1/2-yard pieces.

Flannel on the back of the fat quarter quilt
Flannel on the back of quilt

AccuQuilt HST die – just for yardage

AccuQuilt dies make cutting your fabric pieces fast and easy. They have a die that cuts 6-inch finished half-square triangles if you want to use yardage. I wouldn’t recommend using it with the fat quarters as you wouldn’t be able to cut the rest of the pieces.

This quilt is going to a home with 3 cute dogs! I am sure they will enjoy it.


I am going to update the pdf that I had for this post and include a couple more sizes. Be sure to get my newsletters and I’ll let you know when it is finished.

Before you go…..

I also made another quilt using the same collection of island Batiks fabrics that you might like!

Starboard Quilt

Starboard Quilt Pattern by the river

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  1. This looks like a great pattern! Love that it is striking in all different fabrics.
    Thank you for sharing the tutorial.
    You must be so excited about your new home. I’m excited for you! Can’t wait to see the inside, your sewing studio and the back yard.
    By the way, I’m glad you’ve decided to share your life with us again. In all honesty, I wondered why you stopped. I even quit reading you for a while because it felt cold and impersonal. I thought something was wrong. Glad you’re back to normal. 😉

  2. You make me tired just thinking about having to pack up and move again. I moved 5 years ago and I said never again. One thing is that I was able to clean out my stash. I love the quilt pattern. Beautiful colors.

  3. WOW those colors really make the pattern stand out! I like the earth tones, but this spring green is AWSOME! You must have read my mind as a friend came over yesterday to tell me she’s expecting! (I think the girls tell me ahead of time to make sure they get their quilt!) p. s. if you make a quilt for those pugs (?) do you put terry cloth on the back? DOGS, they deserve the best. Thanks, and have fun with the move. So exciting!

  4. Hi Connie! I’m running a little behind these days. As I told you a little while ago, I’m moving, too. Unfortunately, my “studio” is getting smaller, but I’ll certainly look forward to seeing what wonderful things you put into your new studio. You always do such a thoughtful job of laying out everything you need. This quilt that you are showing today is exactly what I need! I had decided I really need a quilt that actually covers my bed (rather than the lap sizes I’m always making). Even though you are only showing a baby and throw size here, it won’t be difficult to size it up and it will be something I can do while I’m waiting for my own move date. I certainly have enough fabric!!
    Like others, I’m not all that surprised to hear you are moving. I think you and Bob just thrive on action!
    I’ve been wondering how your old River House is faring with the flooding that’s going on right now. I’ll bet you are very glad not to have to be dealing with that.

  5. Love your color choices for this quilt. I live along the Shenandoah River in Virginia. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

  6. I finished a batik quilt late last year and want to try another. Those lovely fabrics would be a great foundation to build from. Thank you for the chance.

  7. This fabric is so beautiful! I have been sewing for years but just started quilting! I’m in awe of the talent I have found as I discover this world of quilters. This little bundle would be perfect for a small project (which is all I am comfortable tackling as I teach myself to quilt!)

  8. This is the first time visiting your site – what a wonderful quilt this is. I have a friend who loves to use batik fabrics, and I would happily share you fabrics with her!

  9. What a beautiful quilt – well, both of them are. When I saw the first picture, I thought, “Is that ICE under that quilt?” And sure enough, it is! A gift that will be treasured, I’m sure. Thanks for the giveaway and for sharing your beautiful quilt.

  10. I enjoy your blog and really like your Life ALong the River quilt. Thanks for the chance to win some gorgeous fabric.

  11. Thank you for sharing the lovely pattern. I was delighted to open your newsletter. There are so many wonderful things to see.

  12. The colours of the batiks and the name Lake Life are a perfect match. Your quilt is very pretty and makes a lovely wedding gift.

  13. Thanks for the pattern. It is lovely and I am sure your niece will love that quilt!

  14. I live along a good size creek that is pretty snowed over. Great time to sew! Thanks for a chance at some new years fabric

  15. What a striking setting for your quilt photo! We just had a ton of snow here in Oregon–I wish I had thought to take all of my quilts outside and photograph them on the snow, just for the beauty of it. Next time. It will break up the cabin fever. 🙂

  16. The quilt looks so friendly and warm! What a sweet gift and thoughtful selection for the icy climate. Thanks for sharing and I’ll definitely check out the pattern!

  17. I always enjoy seeing your creations. I like making scrap quilts and can always use additions to my stash.

  18. Oh I just love your quilt – thanks so much for the pattern. And your colors are perfect! Thanks so much for the chance to win 😉
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

  19. This looks like a great pattern because it looks like it would be so hard to make, but your comments tells me differently. Sadie says so too, so it must be. Now, why wouldn’t you want that to blow into the river Connie? Don’t you want to go swimming in the icy water? LOL

    Thank you for the free pattern.

  20. Love Love LOOOOOVE your Quilt!! & Thank you for sharing the Pattern!! 🙂

    Thank you for chance to win some of this beautiful fabric too… 😀

  21. Your quilts just sing Connie! I agree with Sadie! And your photos are also beautiful. Thanks so much for the lovely post, and the great giveaway.

  22. Connie, I love everything you make and this quilt is no exception. It is a gorgeous wedding gift and will be cherished forever. I live along the Mississippi too, and never thought of taking photos with a quilt near the ice. You’re a brave girl and it made for awesome photos!

  23. Good Evening Connie! Both of these quilts are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing the pattern and offering this wonderful give away!

  24. Your quilts are all georgeous and so is your sweet SADIE. I love seeing pictures of her on your quilts.
    Thank you for the free pattern. I would love to be a winner.

  25. This Lake quilt is such a lovely and thoughtful wedding gift. Sadie is adorable. Your gift of Island Batiks is very generous. Happy Quilting…

  26. It amazes me that a river that runs as swiftly as the Mississippi can ice over. But, on reflection, I guess it shouldn’t, as the Missouri ices over completely in Great Falls, MT — even the water fall. Must have been a ‘blonde’ moment. Thanks for your blog. I always enjoy it! (lynnstck[at]yahoo.com)

  27. Loving another one of your quilts. I’ll never get my Want to make list done at this rate! jadahlgr at yahoo dot com

  28. I have never put flannel on the back of a quilt, but what a great idea to make it extra soft and warm! I might have to try that sometime. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  29. You always have such great quilts and runners. Thank you so much for making some of the patterns free. The greens and golds of this line work so well together.

  30. Love the quilts you have made… and I love your patterns a LOT… very easy to understand and follow when using them! Thanks for the chance to win some awesome batik fabrics!!! I have a batik quilt to make coming up and these would fit in quite nicely 🙂 Kathi

  31. Dear Connie, what a beautiful quilt, your niece is one lucky young lady. As always, your skill with pattern and color is outstanding. Thank you for sharing.

  32. Lovely quilt and Sadie is very nice letting it go to three other dogs!!!! LOL I am sure they will enjoy it!

  33. I love batiks! My last two Quilts were batiks and I’m running low. Thanks for the free pattern and the chance at the giveaway.

  34. your quilt is lovely. your niece will love it. I love it when it is pet approved. My Shadow kitty is the one who is quality control/approver in our house. Have a great day.

  35. I love patterns that are engaging, intriguing, yet deceptively simple, and Life Along the River is one of those. I can picture it in several fabric combinations. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

  36. Your quilt is fresh and summery on these icy days. It spoke to me of laying back in a flat bottom boat and looking up at the sky through sun filtered leaves. I can see making this. Love that it’s Sadie approved. Beautiful collection from Island Batiks!

  37. I do believe I’ve found a use for those 7″ blue squares I bought years ago. All the blues and some scraps strips I’ve been collecting ought to look pretty nice together. Great design! Looks fast and easy – which is just my speed.

  38. Connie, your quilt is so beautiful. I really love the colors and the design. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

  39. Gorgeous fabric and quilt!! I am slowing growing my batik fabrics and really need to win this giveaway!! Thanks for a great pattern.

  40. Really enjoy reading your blog and seeing your lovely quilts, especially when they are pictured with the Mississippi River in the background–

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