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Seeing Squares – Empty Bobbin Pattern

I have been following the Empty Bobbin for quite a long time. Recently she showed a beautiful quilt that she made for a friend. I have been eyeballing her pattern called “Seeing Squares” for quite a while, and after seeing this version, I knew I had to make it.

I headed over to Pink Chalk Fabrics (another blog I love to follow) to pick up the pattern.

It arrived very quickly, and I knew exactly what fabrics I was going to use for it as soon as I got it. A while back I picked up a few bags full of solid fabric scraps from a yard sale. The pieces ranged from a few inches to half yard. I would estimate there was a total of 7 yards of scraps in all different colors and I literally paid $2 for all of it. I haven’t found a good way to use them yet, and I just thought this quilt would be perfect.

A day or two after I found the pattern, I was reading another favorite blog, Sew Create It. She was hosting a challenge called Sew Into Solids.

This was the perfect inspiration I needed to get going on this quilt. The first step was to get all the squares cut. If I was using yardage, it would be easy to cut the squares, but since I was using scraps, it was more of a project. I had to iron everything out, then figure out which pieces I could cut the larger squares from, then cut the rest from the smaller pieces. The size quilt I am making has 500+ squares.

It took me 2 days to cut all these! It was quite a project, but now I can get to the fun of sewing!! The larger blocks are cut up further and sewn back together so they are multi-colored. I started a few of them.

It’s actually a very easy pattern that is laid out great. It’s one of the easiest I have worked with so far. I am excited to see it all come together. If you are interested in trying out some solids only quilts, be sure to take a look at the Sew Into Solids flickr group.

Happy Quilting!

8 thoughts on “Seeing Squares – Empty Bobbin Pattern

  1. Love your solids project so far, Rachel. Those colours are going to look great with that pattern!

  2. Looking good! That sure was a lot of cutting, but now you can crack on with the best part…the sewing :o)

    1. Thanks!! Slowly but surely it will come together. 🙂


  3. Wow. I love the serendipity of this project – from finding those scraps at a yard sale, to finding the perfect pattern and then joining Sew into Solids. I’m really excited to see your progress on this quilt, Rachel. From the gorgeous colours of those fabrics, you’ve got a beauty in the making. Happy stitching!

    1. It was rather serendipitous wasn’t it!! Thanks for the compliment, I am excited to see the finished project too and I think the Sew into Solids group is just the encouragement I need to get it done.


  4. Love the photos of the pieces all cut and ready to sew!

  5. Hi, Rachel!

    This is going to be an amazing quilt! I am thrilled to read your thoughts on how I put together the pattern. That compliment means so much.

    I can’t wait to follow your progress and am giddy about seeing the final quilt top!

    1. Thank you for the compliments. Your pattern is very easy to work with and I am excited to see how the whole thing comes together!


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