St. Louis 16 Patch Quilts

You have seen them…they were all over the blogsphere awhile ago. I am talking about the St. Louis 16 Patch Quilts. To refresh your memory here is a link to She Can Quilt. Exuberant color is one of my favorite blogs and she has made many St. Louis 16 patch quilts. Here is an example of one of hers.

IMG_8714 Well, I have been wanting to make one but couldn’t find the right collection of fabrics. Dug through all of my stash and came across a line of fabric from Bernatex called ‘Habitat’. This is fabric that I seem to be hoarding saving for sometime. I like the concept of the 16-patch light/dark theory but wanted to switch it up. What if…I made it a different number of blocks. Could go with a five by five grid but then there is fussy work to get strips that start with light and others that start with dark. I pondered taking the sewing method from ‘Scrappy Trips Around the World’ – you do strips sets, make them into a tube, cross cut them and take then them apart at different spots to get a bargello effect. See here for Quiltsville’s tutorial. It would work but then … what if … I went smaller. Seems silly to do a nine patch because you run into the same issue as the five by five grid. Okay. Here is the plan. I am going with a three by four grid. I still can get the block units I need from strip sewing but just don’t need as many cross cuts.

Thank you have been so patient and listening to my ramblings. Here is the first batch of blocks set on the design wall in no particular order. What do you think? I decided to name my version the ‘Twin Cities 12 Patch’.



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