Ann Kelle quilt

Ann Kelle quilt 1

I think what I enjoy most about quilting is finding ways to combine and compile fabrics that I love in all sorts of different patterns and colors. To me, the key is that you want to be able to appreciate each of the individual fabrics – you don’t want to lose the integrity of each design or color – yet you also want them to look good together, so that the whole is better than – or at least, as good as – the parts.

At least, that’s what I attempted to do with this latest quilt – another excuse for me to work with wonderful fabrics from Ann Kelle. Here’s the info:

Patterned fabrics – Fat quarters from the Metro Market, Urban Zoologie, and Remix Fabric lines by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman – I bought fat quarters from an Etsy vendor here.

Solid colors – One quarter yard of Robert Kaufman’s Kona Cotton in colors tangerine, orange, canary, sour apple, pear, aqua, and chocolate. The solid white between the quilt squares and used for the backing is 5 1/2 yards of Robert Kaufman flannel solid in white.

Ann Kelle quilt 2


I made a total of 63 blocks (6” square) from five different designs; each is a solid fabric and a patterned fabric, mixed and matched so that no two blocks are identical. I’ve identified the two fabrics as A and B, but these letters don’t correspond to any particular pattern or color.

Block 1 (13 total) – Cut two pieces of fabric A (2 1/8” x 6.5”) and one piece of fabric B (3.5” x 6.5”) – sew the two pieces of A to either long side of piece B

Block 2 (15 total) – Cut two pieces of fabric A (2” x 6.5” and 3.5” x 6.5”) and one piece of fabric B (2” x 6.5”). Sew fabric B to the long side of fabric A, then sew the smaller fabric A piece to the remaining long side of the fabric B piece.

Block 3 (14 total) – Cut one piece of fabric A (2” x 6.5”) and one piece of fabric B (5” x 6.5”) – sew piece A on top of piece B.

Bock 4 (7 total) – Cut two pieces of fabric A and two pieces of fabric B (all pieces are 2 1/8” x 6.5”) – sew all together along their long sides in this order: A B A B

Block 5 (14 total) – Cut one piece of fabric A and one piece of fabric B (both 3.5” x 6.5”) and sew together along long side.


Cut 54 pieces of white flannel (6.5” x 2.5”). Sew nine strips in the following pattern, with white blocks in between:

1 2 3 2 1 4 3

2 3 5 4 5 3 1

3 4 2 3 2 5 5

5 3 1 5 3 4 2

1 2 5 4 5 2 1

2 1 3 2 3 5 4

5 1 3 5 1 3 2

2 3 5 1 1 4 1

1 2 1 5 2 3 5

I flipped the patterned blocks different directions, so they aren’t all running the same way (left to right or up and down).

Then cut 10 strips of white flannel sized 2.5” x 56” – place these in between the patterned strips you just created and sew together (you now have one large piece). Cut two strips 2.5” x 78” and sew these along the left and righthand sides of your finished piece. This the top of your quilt.

Ann Kelle quilt 3

Cut (or piece) a backing piece large enough to more than cover your quilt top – pin together the quilt “sandwich” with the backing (right side down), the batting in the middle, and then the quilt top (right side up). I quilted with large freehand flowers, and then cut the binding from one of the striped fabrics included in the fat quarter collection I purchased.

Ann Kelle quilt 4

The picture above is the back of the quilt – you can most clearly see the flowered quilting I did in the plain white sections. The picture to the right is the backing – I didn’t have enough white flannel, so I pieced together my remaining Kona Cotton solids. A good use of leftover fabrics, and a more interesting design for the backing, I think! Finished quilt size is approx. 57” x 73”.

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