Dutch Treat Delight: A Dazzling Quilting Journey

As I sit down to share the process of creating the “Dutch Treat” quilt, my mind wanders back to my childhood. Growing up in a small, vibrant community, my love for quilting was kindled by my grandmother’s skilled hands.

She would often tell me stories as her fingers danced over fabrics, weaving colors and patterns into what I now realize were not just quilts, but tapestries of our heritage. This particular project, the “Dutch Treat”, is a homage to those days, combining traditional techniques with a modern twist, much like the stories she used to tell.

This quilt, designed by the talented Maureen Cracknell, is a blend of intricate design and simplicity. Its name, “Dutch Treat”, reminds me of the balance in life – where giving and receiving are equally important.


As I guide you through this project, it’s my hope that you too find joy and balance in the creation of this beautiful piece.

Dutch Treat: A Blend of Tradition and Modernity

Embarking on the “Dutch Treat” quilt is like taking a journey through time. The use of Art Gallery Fabrics ties us to the present, while the technique and design pay homage to traditional Dutch quilting.

This project is more than just creating a quilt; it’s about weaving a story through fabrics. The design, vibrant and yet soothing, is a testament to how we can keep traditions alive while adding our own contemporary touch.

The Essence of Colors and Patterns

In the “Dutch Treat” quilt, each fabric choice is a deliberate step in painting a bigger picture. The Art Gallery Fabrics, known for their quality and vibrant colors, bring life to the design.



The blend of purple pansy, lavender ovals, and geometric patterns is not just a choice but a statement. It represents the melding of boldness with elegance, a characteristic feature of Dutch design. This part of the project invites you to appreciate the harmony created by these contrasting elements.


Preparing for a quilting project is akin to gathering colors for a canvas. For the “Dutch Treat” quilt, the materials are as follows:

  • 1 fat quarter NTF-67907 Luminaries Silver (light background)
  • 1 fat eighth each PE-453 Purple Pansy (purple solid) and OE-903 Amethyst (lavender ovals)
  • 5’’ square GBL-1438 Cuboid Orchid (purple geometric)

These materials were chosen for their ability to complement each other while standing out individually. Each piece of fabric contributes to the overall aesthetic and feel of the quilt.

Preparing for the Journey

Before diving into the construction of the “Dutch Treat”, it’s crucial to embrace the process. Quilting, for me, is more than just stitching pieces together; it’s about the experience and the story each quilt tells.

As you prepare your materials, consider the journey you’re about to embark on. This quilt is not just a piece of fabric, but a narrative of creativity and tradition. Take a moment to appreciate the textures and colors of the fabrics, and how they will come together to create something beautiful.

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Step-by-Step Instructions

Creating the “Dutch Treat” quilt is a journey of precision and passion. Here are the detailed steps to bring this masterpiece to life:

  1. Starting with the Basics: Begin by sewing a 1-½’’ light background square with a 1-½’’ purple geometric square. This simple step sets the foundation for our intricate design.
  2. Building the Layers: Add a 1-½’’ x 2-½’’ light background rectangle to your pieced section. This process is like adding brush strokes to a painting, slowly bringing the design to life.
  3. Creating Contrast: Use a diagonal line technique on a 1-½’’ light background square and pair it with a lavender oval rectangle. This contrast is what gives “Dutch Treat” its unique flair.
  4. Expanding the Design: Continue adding light background squares to purple solid rectangles and strips, expanding the quilt’s pattern and size.
  5. Assembling the Tulip Units: Combine the lavender oval sections with the pieced sections from earlier steps. This forms the beautiful tulip units, a nod to the quilt’s Dutch inspiration.
  6. Bringing it All Together: Sew these tulip units with light background strips to form rows. The quilt begins to take shape, revealing its stunning design.
  7. The Final Touches: Complete the quilt by assembling all rows, paying attention to the orientation and pattern flow.

Additional Tips

  • Precision is Key: Take your time with each cut and stitch. Precision is crucial in quilting, as it ensures the patterns align beautifully.
  • Press for Success: Regularly press your seams. This not only makes the quilt look neater but also makes it easier to align and sew the pieces.
  • Enjoy the Process: Remember, quilting is an art. Enjoy each step, and don’t rush the process. The joy is in the journey as much as in the finished product.

As we stitch the final pieces of the “Dutch Treat” quilt, we are not merely finishing a craft project; we are sealing a narrative spun from the loom of our daily lives. This quilt, a mosaic of intricate patterns and a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors, stands as a tribute to the harmonious dance of tradition with contemporary design. It reflects a journey of discovery, where each piece of fabric selected and every thread woven speaks to the history and potential of the quilting art form.

As you step back to admire the completed work, let each patch be a reflection of the patience, skill, and creativity that were the true threads of this creation. The time invested, the meticulous attention to detail, and the flourishes of creativity that defined each decision along the way – these are the invisible stitches that hold the visible ones in place.

May this quilt serve not just as an exquisite addition to your living space but as a tapestry of your own dedication and artistry. Let it be a comfort in times of need, a spark of joy in times of celebration, and a constant reminder of what you are capable of creating with your hands and heart. In every pattern, remember the lessons learned, the challenges overcome, and the beauty of committing to making something enduring and beautiful. The “Dutch Treat” quilt is more than fabric and thread – it’s a piece of you, woven into a legacy that can be cherished for generations to come.

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