The Monarch Flight Quilt is a new pattern from Oh Sew Brooke. I’ve been doing some pattern testing for quilty friends in the first part of the year and feel I am off to a great start with this one!
One of my goals in signing up to do these testing projects was to sew through more of my stash. It’s not exactly out of control (yet), but it does need to be used. Not only did I finally use some much-loved prints to make my Monarch Flight Quilt top, but I I think used them in different combinations than I might have if I was working on a project that was strictly for myself. So it was a good way to get a bit out of my sewing comfort zone.
The pattern itself was super fun, with a strong geometric design. (I love that pretty banding that separates the middle from the border.) It has a perfect balance of repetition and variety, two keys to a successful finish (i.e. cutting and piecing fairly quickly, while keeping your interest). There aren’t any quilts with a centered motif like this in my personal collection, so I’m excited to get this quilted and bound and into use.
Denyse Schmidt fabric
Cotton + Steel fabric
It’s been a while since I finished my alphabet quilt block pattern but I finally got my quilt up on the wall for a full size shot! This pattern is a wall hanging size (or a narrow throw), at 32” x 56” and you can find it here in my Etsy shop.
This pattern is a fun way to play with dimension and print mixing. Each block is designed to create the look of a patterned ribbon that is folded to create the shape of a letter. Shout out to Cotton and Steel + Rifle Paper Co. for their beautiful collaboration on the Les Fleurs fabric collection. I used Les Fleurs for all of the ‘print sides’ of the ribbon letters throughout. The solids fabrics, meant to represent the “backs” of the ribbons, are all Kona cottons.
Try out the alphabet quilt block pattern
This is a good pattern for confident beginners. It uses straight stitching and half-square triangles in all blocks. If you’re curious to give these blocks a try, you can click here to get the blocks for letters ABC free. You’ll also get a coupon that you can put towards the full set!
Linking up with Kelly of My Quilt Infatuation, Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts, and Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts.
UPDATE GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED!
Just a little heads up in case you aren’t following me on Instagram! I’ve launched a little fabric giveaway and it runs until midnight on December 2nd. Enter right now so you don’t forget!
It includes a mix that I put together of pink, white, brown, and golden fat quarters, as well as a dot notebook by Katie Leamon, and a Good Stuff pencil set by Ghost Goods. (You can bet there will be a few surprises too!)