I've really enjoyed the time I set aside for myself to create new designs and quilts not tied to a deadline.  One of the projects I was able to work on and complete, which is always a bonus, is my Swatches quilt!

This quilt was inspired from my oil painting days; sketches, painter palettes, paint tubes, canvases, brushes, lighting and other images both concrete and abstract.  I designed this quilt to convey a feeling more than actual objects tied to painting.

I’m finding that more and more I’m merging my first creative love, oil painting, with my current creative love in my quilt designs.  I've even started working with watercolors again mainly because the clean up is so easy. 

I chose the quilting to add interest and depth to the design. I took some risks, like black thread echos around the paint swatches and hand quilting the small grey squares. Most of the quilting is fairly dense and I was shocked when blocking the quilt to find out the length shrunk by 3”.

I reall…

Ladders Quilt Pattern

[UPDATED 12/01/2017]  

The Ladders quilt is a beginner level pattern featuring a modern color palette and minimalist design.  The layering of colors adds depth to the quilt, while the negative space is a great opportunity to let your quilting creativity shine.  This design will look great in solids, prints or a mix of both.  The Ladders quilt pattern is now available for purchase on !!


The jumping off point for this design was my Urban Trek quilt.  I took one element, interlocking stripes, from the Urban Trek quilt and expanded it into a lap size or large wall hanging quilt.  This is a great quilt for those looking for a quick easy modern project and because there are only four colors in the color palette it's easily customized.

As soon as I get a chance I'm going to make this quilt with a mix of solids and prints.  I think there is a perfect Cotton + Steel print for the background.  Here are the fabric requirements:

Brown: 1 7/8 yards
Aqua: 1/2 yard
Grey: 3/4 yard
Off White: 3/4 yard
2 1/2" Binding: 1/2 yard
Backing: 3 3/4 yards
Batting: 58" x 68"

I'd love to see what people come up with so if you make this quilt don't forget to post it online and use the hashtag, #laddersquilt or tag me in the post, @quiltachusetts.  I hope you enjoy my very first free pattern offering and thank you for reading!


Ladders Quilt


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Mickey! I think I'll whip out a quilt top this week.

  2. I do love this modern design! I'd like to whittle it down to a table runner's now on my list! Thank you for offering the pattern!

    1. I'm glad you like it and it should be pretty easy to make as a table runner. I'm glad you found the pattern after the 25th of August the pattern will be offered for $7.50.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern with us. Love the design!


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