River Squares Quilt in Blue Batiks

I had so much fun making the River Squares quilt in brown batiks that I had to make another one in blues as soon as I finished quilting and binding it.

River Squares Quilt in blue batiks

Fortunately, there wasn’t any wind to blow the quilts off the deck. The river is actually ice-covered…..just not very thick.

I originally wrote this post in 2013 and for some reason, it disappeared. Someone asked about the River Squares quilt and I was able to find the post and update it with the tutorial. Enjoy!

Purchase an ad-free printable PDF version of the River Squares tutorial in my shop that shows all the steps for making the blocks. The photos have been reduced in size and the tutorial is 8 pages long.

River Squares Quilt in blue batiks

The blue River Squares quilt size is 37½ x 37½ and is made up of 9 blocks. The brown batik River Squares quilt is 50 x 62 and made up of 20 blocks. I also made a wheelchair quilt from 12 blocks.

Sizes of quilts

You want a variety of fabrics so I have figured one fat quarter for each block in the quilt. There will be leftover fabrics that can be used for pillows or other things.

Each quilt block is made with five different fabrics.

Blue River Squares Quilt Pattern in Blues

This is a very easy and fast quilt to make and can be made with coordinating fabrics or as a scrappy quilt.

Note: I used fat quarters which are 18 x 22 inches, you could also use yardage, or another option would be to use a jelly roll and a charm pack.

Each square is made the same way. What you are doing is cutting pieces from each fat quarter to equal all the parts of one block. Then follow the diagrams below and switch the different fabrics in your blocks.

 You can see on the diagram that there will be leftovers. You can use these to cut out parts for other blocks. To make it simple I have figured yardage at one fat quarter per block.

Sometimes I wash my fat quarters and they shrink. That is why I cut the strips using the 22-inch length as shown.

Next, you will sub-cut the strips into the pieces needed for the blocks.

From each fat quarter cut:

  • 1 – 5” square
  • 2 – 2½” x 5” pieces
  • 4 – 2½” x 9” pieces
  • 2 – 2½” x 13” pieces
cutting the fabric into pieces

Steps to make blocks

  • Step 1.  Add one 2½” x 5” piece to one side of the 5-inch square. Repeat this and add one more 2½” x 5” piece to the opposite side
  • Step 2.  Add one 2 ½” x 9” piece to the top of the piece. Repeat this and add one more 2½” x 9” piece to the bottom of the piece as shown
  • Step 3.  Add one 2 ½” x 9” piece to the side of the piece. Repeat this and add one more 2½” x 9” piece to the other side of the piece as shown
  • Step 4.  Add one 2 ½” x 13” piece to the block. Repeat this and add one more 2½” x 13” piece to the block as shown
steps to make river squares block

You will now have one 13-inch unfinished block. Continue making as many blocks as needed for your quilt size.

Lay your blocks out and rotate as shown.

Different colors of river squares blocks

Rows 3 x 3

9 square quilt – size 37½” x 37½”

nine squares for quilt

Rows 4 x 5

20 square quilt – 50” x 62”

20 quilt blocks

Lap Quilt for a wheelchair

Rows 3 x 4      12 square quilt – 37½” x 50”

I also made a wheelchair quilt using the River Squares quilt for a neighbor.

Wheelchair River Squares quilt
River Squares Quilt Pattern in Browns

The snow makes it fun to take pictures of quilts hanging from tree branches……or on the steps leading down to the river!

River Squares Quilt Pattern in Blues

The blues and teals look perfect by the icy water.

River Squares Quilt Pattern in Blues

I couldn’t resist laying the quilt on the woodpile and showing a little of the back. The backing is actually a pale blue print.

River Squares Quilt Pattern in Blues

On the brown batik quilt, I used a tan print.

River Squares Quilt Pattern in Browns

I quilted both quilts on my vintage Singer 15-91 and just did a medium-sized free-motion stippling.

River Squares Quilt Pattern in Browns

Layer the quilt top, batting, and backing. Baste the layers together. Quilt as desired.

Cut 2 ½” wide strips of fabric for the binding. Fold in half lengthwise and press the fold line. Place the raw edge of binding against raw edges on top of the quilt. Sew with 1/4” seam allowance. Turn folded edge to back and stitch in place by hand or machine.

You could make this quilt bigger or just do 3 squares for a table runner. Lots of ideas!

A quilt with 42 squares – would be 75 x 87.5 inches

River Squares quilt pattern

While I was taking photos of my quilts I got to see a few eagles.

In another post, I made pillows to match the brown quilt using the leftover scraps.

The pdf includes lots of photos and directions to make the quilts and tips for cutting fat quarters and getting the most out of them.

Purchase an ad-free printable PDF version of the River Squares tutorial in my shop that shows all the steps for making the blocks. The photos have been reduced in size and the tutorial is 8 pages long.

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30 Comments

  1. Thanks! I love the idea of making just one block and rotating it to give it the look of different blocks. I didn’t pick up on that until I read your tutorial.

  2. These quilts are so lovely, Connie. Other colour combinations would look just as nice as the blues and browns. The pillows are a perfect addition.
    So happy for you with your new studio as your “patchwork paradise”.

  3. I love the simplicity of this quilt and you just cannot go wrong with batiks. I have lots of 5″ squares and 2 1/2″ strips already cut up from my beautiful batik scraps. I am going to try this soon. Thank you for sharing.

  4. I jumped on board just as you were leaving the river area, but what a background for photos! I also remember the flooding! Ying and Yang. This is a wonderful pattern to add to the top of an already teetering pile of “Must Make” quilts patterns!!!!!
    Thanks,

  5. Thank you, Connie, for the pattern. Your PDF tutorial is perfect with lots of pics and directions. Love your photos above, too. Merry Christmas!

  6. Beautiful pictures Connie – both of quilts and snow. I love the colours of the log cabin – wonderful combinations.

  7. Your River Squares quilts are really lovely! I'm so jealous of your wonderful view. You did a great job with all the pictures you took!

  8. Your quilts are beautiful, and so are your pictures. The lighting was perfect to show the quilting sttiches on the back of the blue quilt.

  9. I can't get over the beautiful view you have. The quilts are lovely and even more so with the icy background. Keep warm!

  10. Connie, that is a great pattern and I love the blues & teals quilt in particular! I like the picture on the steps leading to the river the most. My favourite colours in a beautiful setting. Well done!

    1. Lovely quilts and oh, that river, looks beautiful. Cold but beautiful. Thank you for the patterns. I’ve been a subscriber to your blog for years and hope to continue for more years. Happy Christmas.

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