Use batiks in this quick-to-sew bed-size quilt-or not! Delicious sherbet-tone batiks are its foundation, but designer Tammy Kelly has added pretty coordinating prints that fit right in for a softer touch. Start with a simple square, surround it with four mix-and-match rectangles, and voilà-one block is done. Make a block or two each day, and soon you'll have enough for the stunning, borderless quilt top (no borders to cut and add puts another fast twist on this project).
Splashes of Color
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Designer: Tammy Kelly

Machine Quilter: Linda DeVries


  • 3/4 yards total assorted pink batiks and prints (blocks)
  • 3-5/8 yards total assorted purple batiks and prints (blocks)
  • 2-3/4 yards total assorted green batiks and prints (blocks)
  • 3/4 yard purple batik (binding)
  • 7-1/4 yards backing fabric
  • 87x95" batting

Finished quilt: 80-1/2x88-1/2"

Finished blocks: 8" square

Quantities are for 44/45"-wide, 100% cotton fabrics. Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Cut Fabrics

Cut the pieces in the following order.

From assorted pink batiks and prints, cut:

  • 9--4-1/2" squares
  • 18--2-1/2x8-1/2" rectangles
  • 18--2-1/2x4-1/2" rectangles

From assorted purple batiks and prints, cut:

  • 56--4-1/2" squares
  • 112--2-1/2x8-1/2" rectangles
  • 112--2-1/2x4-1/2" rectangles

From assorted green batiks and prints, cut:

  • 45-4-1/2" squares
  • 90--2-1/2x8-1/2" rectangles
  • 90--2-1/2x4-1/2" rectangles

From purple batik, cut:

  • 9--2-1/2x42" binding strips

Assemble Blocks

1. Referring to Block Assembly Diagram, sew pink batik or print 2-1/2x4-1/2" rectangles to opposite edges of pink batik or print 4-1/2" square. Press seams toward rectangles.


2. Join pink batik 2-1/2x8-1/2" rectangles to remaining edges of pink batik square. Press seams toward rectangles to make a pink block. The pink block should be 8-1/2" square including seam allowances.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make 9 pink blocks total.

4. Using assorted purple batiks and prints, repeats steps 1 and 2 to make 56 purple blocks total.

5. Using assorted green batiks and prints, repeat steps 1 and 2 to make 45 green blocks total.

Assemble Quilt

1. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, lay out blocks in eleven rows.


2. Sew together blocks in each row. Press seams in one direction, alternating direction with each row.

3. Join rows to make quilt top. Press seams in one direction.

Finish Quilt

1. Layer quilt top, batting, and backing; baste.

2. Quilt as desired. Machine quilter, Linda DeVries stitched the blocks with a spiral box pattern (Quilting Diagram).

3. Bind with purple batik binding strips.