Turquoise Algorithm Quilt

Yes. I’ve made a lot of quilts on this pattern. Four to be exact.

But this is the one that started it all.


I originally saw one of these posted on the Kaffe Fassett Collective page on Facebook, made by Lori Allison who owns All About Color Quilting and I fell in love with it immediately. I knew that I’d have to make it. And amazingly, I actually have the book that the pattern is in. My friend Linda gave it to me a couple of Christmases ago with the accompanying ruler.

(The pattern is called Algorithm by GE Designs. It’s in the Stripology Squared book.)

So I made a list of the fabrics I wanted to use and realized that I had most of them in my stash, but did have to purchase a couple of pieces. There were also a couple pieces in the original that I omitted and added a couple of other fabrics.

I took all the fabrics with me on vacation in August/September and cut out all the squares and strips for my quilt and cut out the same fabrics for my friend who has made the same quilt. I purchased the backing fabric while I was on vacation.

After I got home I got all the 10 inch squares cut and sewed in my white on white strips assembly line style. To make this process go more quickly, I folded all the strips in half, wrong sides together, and pressed the crease. Then I folded all the half-squares in half, right sides together, and pressed down 1/2 inch on the fold.

Here’s the quilt pieces all prepped and ready to start sewing. Once they’re prepped like this, you can really sew them all together quickly. it’s worth the time to do this work ahead of sewing.


These creases made it really easy to match up the center of each piece with the center of the strip, and the varying wrong side/right side folds made the pieces nest nicely together for sewing.

I love sitting down at the sewing machine and really cranking through piecing quickly. I had these 56 squares all sewn together in a couple of hours. The first photo here shows the white on white I used. I like it much better than a solid white.

Once I got all the blocks sewn, squared up and cut, I tossed them up on the design wall. I usually like to just get them all up and then start moving things around. Part of this process usually involves sending photos to friends and having them point out things I’m not seeing. It can be hard to see areas that need work when you’ve been looking at it for hours on end.

This photo is of my friend’s quilt. I marked it up and sent it back to her showing a couple areas that needed to be adjusted. She sent plenty of photos of my quilt back with mark up as well.


As I was putting my quilt together I pretty much knew that I wanted to use the citrus color way of Kaffe’s lotus leaf fabric. I just love the fabric, and this color way has been a favorite of mine since it came out. This fabric is in the front of the quilt as well.


This quilt is at my long arm quilter as I type. Here’s the quilting design that she will be using. It will be really great with the verticality of the blocks. It’s Bohemian Beaded Shade from Urban Elementz.


This quilt will be only my second with a label. It’s going to be a house warming gift for my sister and her husband. They will be surprised.

18 Replies to “Turquoise Algorithm Quilt”

  1. I am SO wanting to make the turquoise algorithm quilt! You mentioned you made a list of the fabrics in it…could you please share that so I can look for them?


    1. The pattern is by GE Designs in a book Called Stripology Squared. This quilt includes some variations to the pattern. The variations are just have to do with doing the center strips differently. The rest of the construction follows the pattern from the book.


  2. I ordered the Stripology Squares book as I want the Algorithm quilt to be my next one. Thanks for all the helpful hints. I’m going to dive into my Kaffe stash for this one. I’ve been collecting Kaffe Collective fabrics for years so I have a great stash to work with. I really love your work! I’m so very inspired!

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    1. Cool! It’s a fun and quick make. Don’t cut the strips out of the center of the 10 inch blocks. Cut them in half diagonally, and then sew in your center strips that are cut to 1 3/4 x 16 inches. This allows you to square up your final blocks up to 10 inches. Then you can cut them in half according to the pattern. You’ll need to adjust your measurements to fit the larger blocks but the math is easy. then follow the pattern from there. Let me know if you want more detail. Good luck!


      1. Bought book for Algorithm pattern also. Did not like the center strip at 2 in, wide so cut diagonally at 3/4 in then square finishes at 9 in. Happy with outcome.

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  3. I’m very late to the game, I know, but I love this quilt so much and would be really grateful if you could send me the list of fabrics. Please and thank you!

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    1. Here you go. Ignore the numbers after the fabric names.

      Guinea flower – Turquoise — 4
      Roman Glass — Pastel — 4
      Lotus Leaf — Lime– 4
      Millefiore – lilac– 4
      Coleus — Contrast– 4
      Ferns— turquoise– 4
      Plink— Turquoise– 4
      End papers—Spring– 4
      Sound Waves – spring– 4
      Brassica — Green– 4
      Spots— Turquoise — 8
      Dream— Aqua — 8
      Jumble— Turquoise – 16


      1. Thank you so much! I’ve had this quilt on my phone since I first saw a picture of it, it’s been inspiring and your eye for color, pattern and harmony is absolutely exceptional.

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      2. Good luck with it. I did several posts about making this quilt and how I made the construction easier. Just go to my blog and search for “turquoise” and you’ll get the posts.


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