Lattice Quilt

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

 Hi friends!  Today I'm sharing a fun
quilt I made with some blocks I received
in a block swap.

This was a project I participated in with my local quilt group.
We do swaps a few times a year.  This time, our swap coordinator
sent out some simple instructions for these lattice blocks along with
some earth-tone color palette pictures for inspiration.

We swapped sets of 40 blocks each month for 3 months.  We could swap more than one set if we wanted to...but I only did one set each month.  That gave me 120 blocks and then I made 104 more blocks on my own for a total of 224 blocks.  I probably should've just made more sets to swap but I wasn't sure what my plan was at the time.  Oh, and one set of fabrics could not be repeated more than 7 times so that we had lots of variety.

We were asked to not trim or press the blocks before swapping so everyone could do that themselves, according to their own preference and with their own ruler.  I tried to stay on top of the pressing and trimming each month so I wouldn't have to do it all at the end.

After I had all the blocks pressed and trimmed I spent a long time laying them out in rainbow (ish) order from top to bottom.  I have never spent so long laying out blocks before!  There is no exact science to this method.  I only focused on the triangle colors and didn't worry about the colors of the skinny rectangle pieces.  I tried to create balance.  It's not perfect but it's pleasing to my eye.  I did a 14 x 16 block layout so it would be symmetrical.  I made the last few blocks at this stage so I could see what colors I still needed.

I stacked all the blocks up in rows and numbered them with my Marilee's Numbered Pins 
to keep everything in order.  Then I sewed them together using the web piecing technique.
Click HERE to get a free PDF describing how to do that method.  I love it because it saves time and thread!

Can I be honest here for a sec...?
When we first started the swap I thought this was going to be the ugliest quilt ever!
Haha!  I did not see how all of these fabrics were going to come together.
But once I got them all laid out I started to really like it.  Oh, and in case you're wondering I did use all the blocks I was given except for a few that the seam allowances were really tiny or the middle rectangle was too wide.  Those kinds of things happen in a swap.  But I didn't hold out any because of their color.

P.S. There are lots of ways you could put these blocks together.  Some people did
a scrappy layout.  Some people put four blocks together and then sashed
those.  I wanted to do something different so this is what I came up with.  They all turned out really cute though.  They're all so scrappy.  Swapping blocks was "the way to go" with this quilt!

I backed my quilt with some fabric that I just so happened to have in my stash.
It's called Francesca in Mediterraneo from the Nonna collection by Guicy Guice for Andover.
I love that it incorporated so many earth-tone colors!

I had Jen Ostler quilt it with the Glass Castle panto by Karlee Porter.  I hadn't used that panto before but I really liked the movement it gave to the front of the quilt and it complimented the backing fabric nicely (it's a little hard to see in the picture but the background of the backing fabric has a similar design).

I finished binding it while I was at a quilt retreat in Montana last week.
My friend Brooke and I took our quilts down to the lake to get some pictures and 
I love how this one turned out!  It was windy and we were laughing so hard.
Isn't her smile and the lighting so great?!?

It was a fun project!
There are always some issues when you participate in a swap but 
overall I'm so glad I participated in it!  I love how this quilt turned out.
So worth it!

I've been asked many times for details on this block so I've created a simple PDF
with instructions and the details on my specific quilt.  Click HERE to get that
and let me know if you have any questions!

Happy quilting!


  1. I really love this, and there a blocks in it I would have worried about too! Thanks for taking the time to give us a quick rundown on how the blocks are made.

  2. This is fabulous... I have lots of earthy toned fabrics and am definately going to try this one ☺️

  3. I love this quilt! How many people participated in the swap?

    1. Thanks! About 10 people participated in the swap and 3-4 of them brought 2 sets each month.

  4. Amber, I love this quilt pattern so much! Collecting blocks in a swap group is just perfect. I would love to participate in one to make this quilt! I might get a good start just by sorting through my own scrap stash. Thanks for the instruction sheet!

    1. You're welcome and yes, good scrap buster! Happy quilting!

  5. I love this quilt! You did a fabulous job with the color alinement. When I first looked, it looked like larger 10" squares. Thanks for sharing the directions.

  6. Thank you so much for the information. All the details you added really help.

  7. This quilt makes my heart sing! Thank you for sharing.

  8. What a nice finish; glad you like the finished product - it will work well with all those scraps I have. thanks for writing up a pattern.

  9. Gorgeous quilt! I love the rainbow layout! That photo of your friend is stunning. Did you get one of you/yours with the lake behind you? Hope's the perfect backdrop.

    1. Hey Ruth! Thanks for your kind words! That is my quilt but my friend was holding it while I snapped some pictures of it. So unfortunately I don't have any of me holding it but I don't love being in pictures anyways so it's okay! I just thought it was so cute of her laughing and the lighting was brilliant. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. This is an amazing quilt!! How do you become part of a swap? I do all my quilting on my own and think it would be really fun to do a swap!

    1. I belong to a quilt group and we do swaps once or twice a year. I've also done online swaps. You can start a group or swap yourself. Just ask people on social media, in your local quilt group or at your local quilt shop if they'd like to do it with you. :)

  11. Your quilt is so beautiful! I’m a little embarrassed to ask this, but I am fairly new to quilting and I don’t know what, exactly, is a “block swap.” Is each block one piece of fabric cut to a certain size, or did you receive the individual blocks sewn as they are in the quilt (and then you did the arrangement to create the whole look)? I hope this question makes sense (and please forgive my ignorance!)!

    1. Don't be embarrassed! I'm here to help and we all have to start at the beginning and learn along the way! The block swap was for each block sewn as they are in the quilt. We all made about 40 blocks each month (for 3 months). We could not repeat the same fabric set more than 7 times to help ensure that we got a good variety of fabrics. Each block consisted of two triangles sewn together with a rectangle strip in between. We were asked not to trim or press the block before swapping them (so that the person receiving the blocks could press them and trim them to their liking). The person in charge of the swap divied up each set of 40 blocks amongst the number of people participating. I hope that clarifies it. Thanks for stopping by!


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