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Around The Square Quilt Pattern

My pattern, Around The Square, represents where I grew up. I think we all go through periods of
time where we reflect on what has influenced us. Certainly where we grew up plays a role in shaping each of us.

My original sketch for this quilt, done in my black and white grid-lined notebook using colored pencils, was done in three colors. It’s a beautiful sketch, but it’s not fully representative of what I envisioned for the quilt. I decided to let the variety of a pre-cut package of fabric bring more unique color to the quilt.

My inspiration behind Around The Square is the town square in my hometown. It’s actually representative of many town squares in southern Iowa. The center piece is the courthouse (the square patterned fabric). The neutral background around that block represents the streets. The patterned HSTs (half square triangles) represent the store fronts. The “town square” is repeated throughout the quilt.

Growing up in a small town taught me the importance of family and community. Certainly anyone
who has lived in a small town will tell you there are pros and cons to the environment created by small town living. As I’ve grown and moved to larger communities, I still feel drawn to some of the elements of that town square. It’s shaped my desire to support (and even simply to be a) small business. It’s helped me understand that even in a large city, you can be a part of a community filled with people who know and support each other.

I hope you enjoy making this quilt. And I hope it reminds you of where you grew up and how it has played a role in shaping who you are today.

Use the hashtag #AroundTheSquareQuilt and tag @maeberrysquare on Instagram when you share your version of this quilt!

Purchase this pattern in my Etsy shop.

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