Donna’s Beads Quilt

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Image by: Jordan Fabrics


Up for a simple yet fun quilt project? Make this Donna’s beads quilt by Jordan Fabrics on Youtube. It’s a very easy pattern that is ideal for beginners. You can mix and match colors or use different fabric patterns for each block. Learn how to make this design by watching the video below. Happy quilting!



  • 9 quarter yards or 9 fat quarters or 18 fat eights
  • 4 and 1/8 yards for background
  • 3/4 yard for border
  • 3/4 yard for binding
  • 5 yards for backing


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Step 1:

From the 9 quarter yards, cut 1 piece of 5″ x 44″ and 1 piece of 2 1/2″ x 44″. Cut each in half along the fold, so you’ll have 18 strips of each size.

If you are using fat quarters, cut each of the 9 fat quarters into 2 pieces of 5″ x 22″ strips and 2 pieces of 2 1/2″ x 22″ strips. You’ll have 18 strips in total for each size.

If you are using fat eights, cut 1 piece of 5″ x 22″ and 1 piece of 2 1/2″ x 22″ from each of the 18 fat fabrics. You will also have a total of 18 strips of each size.

For the background, cut 18 pieces of 2 1/2 x 44″, then cut each strip in half along the fold. You’ll get 36 strips in total. Next, cut 9 pieces of 7 x 44″ and cut each strip in half along the fold to get 18 strips. Then cut 2 pieces of 13 1/4″ from the width of the fabric, sub-cut into 6 pieces of 12 1/4″ squares. Cut each across both diagonals so you’ll have 24 side-setting triangles. Cut 1 piece of 7″ with the width of the fabric. Cut 2 pieces of 7″ squares. Cut across one diagonal to get 4 corner triangles.

For the border, cut 8 pieces of 3″ with the width of the fabric.

Step 2:

Get one piece of a 5″ colored strip and place on the middle of two –  2 1/2″ background strips. Press the seams toward the center strip, then cut into 5″ segments. You’ll have 4 from each strip unit. Do the same process to make a total of 72.

Step 3:

Sew a strip unit with a 7″ background and a 2 1/2″ colored strip. Press the seam toward the print, then cut into 2 1/2″ segments. You’ll get 8 from each strip unit for a total of 144.

Step 4:

Create the block in the photo. Sew the strips together and press the seam allowances on one side. The block should measure 9″. Create 8 blocks from each color. Do the same process for all the colors to make a total of 72 blocks.

Donna's Beads Quilt Tutorial
Image by: Jordan Fabrics


Step 5:

Lay the blocks and set triangles with the small squares on the top and bottom. Sew into rows, then stitch the rows together.


Donna’s Beads Quilt

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