This is a super easy and fun quilt to make. It is a scrap buster for those who want to use up those scraps on hand. This cheerful “Simply Squares Quilt” is the way to go. All skill levels can do this quickly and confidently.

Pintrest had a photo that was similar to this project. I liked the look and that it used scraps so I thought it would be fun to try.

Simple Squares blocks

I started with a bin of already cut up 3″ squares left from another project. This quilt can be easily adapted to whatever size squares or scraps you have already.

A plastic bin of 3" squares

I want the colored squares to really stand out so I will use white scraps (solid, and white-on-white) as the alternate squares within the block. Doing some calculations, I decided to make my blocks 8 squares x 8 squares. However, this could easily be adapted to available fabric and your personal taste.

Scraps squares within a quilt block.

I made 12 complete blocks – again, this is adjustable for the number of blocks you want for your own beautiful quilt.

Simple Squares sashing & posts

I added 3″ wide sashing between the blocks the length of the blocks. The posts are also 3″. For me, going with the same size squares, sashing, and posts makes for easy math.


I did white sashing and scrap posts all the way around for the first border.

Simple Squares borders

This is the quilt top with just the first border complete on two sides to see how it looks.


Measure your own blocks to find out exactly what size sashing you will need.

The second border is 8 colored 3″ squares which is separated by a white 3″ square so it is the opposite of the first border.

A quilt block with sashing and posts.  Also the 3 borders.

The outside border is just solid white.

Are you a visual person? I am. It was a beautiful day so I took the quilt top outside for its’ photo. This is why I keep a clean pair of large plastic clamps on hand just for hanging quilts up on the privacy fence. Standing back from the quilt I really like the Simple Squares quilt top as it is.

My mind says “yes” it is finished, so it is time to move on to another project. However, you do what appeals to you to make it your own wonderful quilt.

Finished size: 78″ x 100″.


I hope you found this quilt project fun and cheerful. It is super easy to adjust to what you want to do size wise. The quilt top is cheerful and a great way to utilize the fabrics you have on hand.

Happy Stitching.

Other ideas for simple quilts to utilize the fabric on hand:

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Author: IndianaQuilter40

Made first quilt by myself in mid teens. Addicted to quilting. Love using simple quilt patterns and giving them a twist so they are my own....Live in central Indiana. Raised in Montana. Have traveled and worked all over US and in Germany. Certified medical coder, HIM manager, and medical record auditor. Married for 30+ years to a wonderful guy who likes my quilts. We have grown children and starting on grand-kids.

24 thoughts on “SIMPLE SQUARES QUILT”

  1. Great quilt and so beautiful. I have a lot of small scraps that I can’t throw away and this would be perfect. Thank u.

    1. This quilt is perfect for scraps. And could be done in planned colors or just a wild assortment. Have fun.

  2. I recently found this quilt blog. Wow is there a lot here for the beginning quilter! Simple directions, great quilts, tips, hints – you cover it all. I have only made 2 baby quilts, but I am hooked. Thanx so much for all the encouragement. I don’t have a favorite post – I love them all. I subscribed and am so loving getting the posts each week.

    By the way, I think a quilt like this one is what I will start with for making large quilts.

    1. I am always glad to hear that the quilt blog is useful and helpful to other quilters. Have fun and happy quilting. You can make beautiful quilts too.

  3. I actually made a quilt similar to this one years ago but with 1″ square pieces. A queen size one!! I like the idea of doing another one with 3″ squares instead. Thank you for the idea.

    1. I don’t think I would have the patience to do a queen size quilt from 1″ squares, you are amazing. Happy quilting.

  4. I found this post on Sunday and have been quickly cutting up my scraps to make one like it. Thank you so much for the inspiration for a beautiful quilt. I subscribed. Too many great ideas on this blog.

    1. Thank you for subscribing. Have fun making your own Simple Squares Quilt. Great way to use up some scraps.

  5. I just made a baby quilt using your idea here. Thanks for sharing. You make quilting simple and so much less scary. Love your blog.

    1. Isn’t it great to have a finished project! And it is really nice to have it be simple and easy. I am so happy you love this blog.

  6. I’m so happy to read this post and blog in general. You make a quilt out of left overs and it is gorgeous!!!! You have no idea how much I appreciate your simple approach to quilts and how inspiring you are. You go girl!!

  7. Bookmarked this outstanding quilt site. So many ideas here and I am just starting to read back through the posts. Wanted you to know that I have taken your directions for this quilt and started my own version. Thanks lots.

  8. This is wonderful blog. A ton of quilting info. I subscribed so I don’t miss any posts.

  9. I’ve recently started my second quilt, and the info you offer on this quilt blog has helped me greatly. Thank you for all of your time and work.

    1. You are so welcome. Please send a photo or contact me and tell me about your progress.

  10. You are so inspirational. I find myself really struggling to decide on a pattern or make up a pattern for a quilt. Then I come to your blog and find all kinds of encouragement and great looking quilts. Keep up the great work.

    1. So glad that you like the blog and all the different ideas for quilts. I guess my thought is that quilting should be fun, and I like to challenge myself to see what I can do with what I have on hand.

      Happy Quilting.

    1. Thank you for your comment. I am all about simple patterns to make beautiful quilts.

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