Rainy Days Quilt

Remember these fabrics I bought last month when I went on my business trip? Well, I finally used them! Living in Seattle, this Rainy Days quilt seemed very appropriate. 🙂 I wanted to share this pattern with you in case you wanted to make one. It’s a super-duper easy pattern (seriously, only 3 steps below!). If you want to use the same fabric collection that I used, I recommend buying them here (Rainy Days and Mondays is an older collection so most places don’t sell them anymore).

Finished quilt top size: 47.5″ x 57″


  • Eight 1/4 yard cuts of varying prints (fat quarters work too)
  • 1 1/4 yards solid white fabric (I used white muslin)
  • 1/3 yard binding
  • 3 yards backing

Step 1 (Cutting) – From each 1/4 yard print of fabric, cut four 6″x10″ rectangles. You will need a total of 30 rectangles, so choose one print where you will only cut two rectangles from it.

Next, from your 1 1/4 yards of white fabric, cut (70) 2.5″x10″ rectangles.

The quickest way to cut all 70 rectangles is to fold your 1.25 yards of fabric in half lengthwise so that it measures roughly 22″x45″ (it should already be folded like this when you buy it from the bolt). And then fold it in half lengthwise again so that it measures roughly 11″x45″. With a ruler and rotary cutter, cut 2.5″ strips along the length as shown below, until you have a total of (18) 2.5″x44″ strips. Then, sub-cut each strip into four 2.5″x10″ rectangles.

Step 2 (Piece together your blocks) – One block is made up of one 6″x 10″ rectangle, and two 2.5″x 10″ rectangles.

Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew each 2.5″x 10″ strip to the 6″x 10″ rectangle as shown below. (Sew with the correct sides facing each other, and then press open with an iron).

Repeat the above until you have a total of 30 finished blocks.

Step 3 (assemble the quilt top) – As shown below, arrange all 30 blocks into 6 rows of 5 blocks each, making sure to alternate the position of each block. Click image below to enlarge.

Lastly, sew all 5 blocks together in each row, and then sew each row together. (Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew with the correct sides facing each other, and then press open with an iron).

I told you it was easy 😉 If you end up making this quilt, I’d love to see it! (quiltingintherain@gmail.com)

Happy Quilting!

41 Responses to Rainy Days Quilt

  1. KatheG March 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    SCRUMPTIOUS! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Julia March 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    Thanks! I think I will have to try this one

  3. MN2NM March 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    Great pattern! Perfect for those fabrics you don't want to cut up into tiny pieces. I have a Parisville bundle that would work quite nicely. Thanks so much!

  4. Wendy March 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    That's awesome, I think I'll try it.

  5. ~Laurie~ March 7, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    Nice and easy pattern – thank you for sharing! I'm bookmarking your page – I have some really pretty fabric that I've purchased lately and it would work great with this pattern 🙂 Thanks!!

  6. Erin Kathleen March 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    i am totally going to make this next weekend! Thanks for the easy pattern!

  7. chookychick March 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    Lovely pattern and much easier than it looks. By the way, I love your blog. Thanks.

  8. Nancy March 7, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. This may be just what I'm looking for. I have a quilt to make and need to do it fast. Love it.

  9. Whipstitch March 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    I have a fat quarter bundle of soul blossoms that has been waiting for the perfect pattern, I think this might be it.

  10. Shannon March 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    This sure is a good looking pattern. Thank you for sharing.

  11. -girl from the bush March 9, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

    hi, does that pattern have a name? I like it alot! must try this soon. sue

  12. Jamie Lee March 9, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

    Oh I love it and I love the fabric too!!!!

  13. Becky March 10, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    I can't wait to cut into some fabric. Great pattern.

  14. Khris March 17, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    Thanks for sharing this lovely quilt tutorial. I have posted about it on my Freebies blog if thats okay…hugs Khris

  15. Mary Jane's Tearoom March 17, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    This is so pretty…love the colours,
    Susan x

  16. Ale March 17, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    ohhh!! I love it !! :DDD thanks.. hugs from mexico 😀

  17. Sara vs. Sarah March 21, 2011 at 10:08 pm #

    I love this and have the perfect fabrics to make it. Thanks for the pattern!

  18. readnwrite12 March 25, 2011 at 4:36 am #

    I'm returning to quilting after a 20 year hiatus, and my teenage daughter has requested a "horse" quilt. This pattern is perfect for the large horse scenes she wants me to cut from the material we are finding. Thanks so much. I wish I had your talent. The tutorial is awesome.

  19. siobhan May 14, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    The design is so simple yet perfect for a day indoors, thank you for sharing it with me 🙂

  20. Virginia Taylors May 23, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    Beautiful fabric!! Thanks for the link. Also, I love the Strawberry Field..I think I may have to make that one.
    Thanks for the inspiration

  21. Anonymous June 18, 2011 at 8:46 pm #

    I can't tell = how did you bind it just to the edge?

  22. Adela EScudero July 17, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

    Hello Jera!. I've just discovered your blog and it's fantastic!!. I live in the VERY SUNNY Canary Islands, Spain, and sometimes i wish there were "rainy days" just to keep at home and sew a little more, :)… All your works are great, current and beautifully designed. And I love your fabrics!. Since today, you've get another fan. Thank your for the tutorials. We'll keep in touch.

  23. Linda at Roscoe's Ma August 15, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    This is really a wonderful quilt! Thanks for the tutorial. I jumped over her from Madame Samm.

  24. OhioLori August 16, 2011 at 1:28 am #

    LOVE this Quilt!!! Thanks sooooooo much for sharing the directions…….and making it so easy to understand!!

    Think it's a perfect Beginner project!!

    I am a new Follower to your Blog!! 🙂

  25. Erin August 17, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    So I'm going to give this a try, totally new quilter..just wondering do I use the muslin for the backing? and all the stiching on the front do you do that before you put the quilt together?

  26. Cheree @ The Morning Latte September 23, 2011 at 4:02 am #

    A new follower just checking in. I love this! It looks like a quick 'n easy one!

  27. sewforchrist August 17, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

    I am getting ready to do "a house divided" football quilt for a couple who have two different favorite teams. I was searching for a pattern that would display both team fabrics nicely. This will be perfect! I will send pics when I am finished. Thanks for posting!

  28. eleshadavis January 25, 2013 at 11:24 pm #

    This is such a nice pattern! I made a small version with 12 blocks as a wall hanging for our living room and it was a really quick, really satisfying make 🙂

  29. Marysu April 27, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    I love this and will probably be making it with my granddaughter over the summer!

  30. Anonymous July 9, 2013 at 12:17 am #

    I love this pattern I will make it for my son he just had triple bi pass its a great pattern for laying on sofa resting while he heals

  31. Teresa Hargrave September 23, 2013 at 11:16 pm #

    I just made this quilt and it was unbelievably easy! Your directions were just awesome. I am donating this quilt to my sister's church fall festival. They have always been so kind and generous when we lost our Dad and when my mom has been in the hospital. I wanted to do something for them but didn't have a lot of time. I did this quilt including the cutting out in 24 hrs. I just have to quilt now but that should take long either. Again, thanks for the pattern and awesome directions. Love, Love your blog!

  32. April October 6, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

    I made this in cream, blues and browns to be a lap quilt for when I watch TV and I love it. It was such a success, I started a different quilt and may be hooked on quilting. Thank you so much.

  33. RITA TALLENT April 18, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your lovely pattern, which I am ienjoying making. I have constructed all the blocks but have ten white rectangles left over from the 70 which the pattern requires. Can you let me know if I have missed something? Many thanks

  34. Ria June 12, 2015 at 5:34 pm #

    Rita, I think you are correct. There are 30 colored rectangles. Each need 2 whites. So that is 60 white strips. Unless she used 35 colored rectangles for an extra row of blocks. Thanks for pointing this out. I just copied the instructions and also put 30 and 70. So will make the correction.

  35. stamptherapyusie April 29, 2016 at 3:48 pm #

    I LOVE this quilt. I work full-time and am going to online college and wanted to make a quilt for my son and his bride-to-be. It is going so fast, and requires no pinning for the blocks. The bride’s colors are peach and gray and I love the way it’s turning out.

  36. Judy March 27, 2018 at 2:43 pm #

    Love this pattern!! I have got to try it. I have a son getting married in 60 days and would make a nice wedding gift. I have to get started on it.

  37. Jane January 8, 2019 at 12:14 am #

    Just what I was looking for! To make it into a single bed size if I d 4 blocks wide and 8 blocks long would that work?

  38. MiMi October 10, 2020 at 7:10 am #

    Looks like almost 10 years later your creation is still inspiring us – just found this beautiful quilt and I intend to make one like this for a Linus Project quilt! Thank you for the instructions!

  39. Sharon Menne October 12, 2020 at 4:58 pm #

    It is a great pattern. I made this summer and it turned out better than expected. Thank you so much for it. Will send pics to you.

  40. Beth March 14, 2022 at 1:36 pm #

    Sorry for this silly question but the finished block would be 8×10 correct?

  41. Sharon October 26, 2022 at 4:34 am #

    I’ve just finished putting this pattern together, great instructions – Thank you – especially for a beginner like me. What type of pattern did you use to ‘quilt’ this quilt?

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