After my wildly unsuccessful initial attempt at quilting, I found a pattern more suited to my beginner status. This block is generally referred to as “Bento Box”, and the fabrics are from a brand called Thimbleberries.
Two great things about this pattern are it’s all straight seams and there is no cutting on the diagonal. Much better for a beginner like me, way back when. I got a lot of practice with cutting, with sewing an accurate 1/4″ seam, and with pressing seams to achieve the least amount of bulk.
Generally, I like this result very much, but the pairing of the mustard yellow and dark red fabrics still bothers me. That yellow really was a “dark” fabric, but I didn’t have a clear “light dark” to swap it with.
I had enough quarter-blocks left over to assemble into a 3-block table runner/scarf:
Maybe I should have added these to the quilt top, but there was something so perfect about having a square quilt made from square blocks that were centered by square patches.