Alphabet quilt pattern, from ABC to Z

Get the first three letters of the alphabet quilt pattern free here.

My Ribbon Letters alphabet quilt is complete! This week I finished a project that I’ve been working on for quite a while. It’s been so fun coming up with individual block patterns for each letter of the alphabet. The original inspiration: the dimension and shading created by vintage printed ribbons.

Alphabet Quilt Pattern

This one is going in my nieces’ playroom and I think it would also make a good alphabet quilt pattern for a baby’s room (say, a pastel version as a baby shower gift). Depending on the layout and the amount of border you add, it could even work for a toddler-sized bed.

The Fabric

Rifle Paper’s Les Fleur collection from Cotton + Steel two seasons ago went into each and every letter (for the ribbon “fronts”), with complimentary solids (for the ribbon “backs”).

You could also make this pattern using tone-on-tone solids, or a tighter palette overall. For example, in the next version I make I’ll be using just three colours in repetition, with a print and a solid in different tones of the same colour for each block.

Alphabet Quilt Block Pattern

The background is an unbleached cotton (“Natural”) from Kona. And the binding is from the “American Made” line (I got mine at Gotham Quilts). It’s great because it’s fabric made in North America (hard to find) and when washed it takes on a nice texture and chambray-like feel.

A tip to make your fabric go farther

All of the solids in this quilt are made from a bundle of coordinating Kona solids that I got at The Workroom in Toronto. The bundle was curated especially to go with the Rifle Paper collection, and it’s such a great way to make a favourite set of prints stretch farther … in fact I think I have more than enough left of the fat quarter bundle I started with to make another small quilt.

Where to get this Alphabet Quilt Pattern

The full Ribbon Letters alphabet quilt pattern will be available soon! If you haven’t grabbed the free ABC quilt blocks you can download the pattern here. (You’ll also be the first to know when I post the full pattern, with a deal just for newsletter subscribers.)

And in the meantime you can check out this tutorial to make the free ABC blocks into a wall hanging.

p.s. Linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday.


Mini Log Cabin Quilt

There’s nothing like constraints to get the ideas flowing, and Curated Quilt’s latest challenge was so inspiring I had to jump in. The brief was a mini log cabin in a specific palette. It’s been interesting to see as the quilts pop up how different screens (I think) have influenced colour interpretations. (For example, where some read “mustard” others – like me – saw “acid green.”) And on top of that the variety of creative takes is just incredible to see. Will definitely be keeping an eye out for the next one, it was really fun to step outside my comfort zone and create something based on a bit of external direction. Continue reading “Mini Log Cabin Quilt”

Modern HST Sampler

HST Quilt Along

I had a lot of projects on my to do list at the beginning of the year and now that we’re at the first quarter mark I thought I’d share one of the ones that I’ve made the most progress on. The Modern HST Sampler is a block-of-the-month (2 blocks a month, actually!) quilt-along run by Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts. The idea is to improve your HST skills while gradually creating a 24-block sampler, and I have to say I’m thrilled with the results so far. Each block so far has incorporated a different way of creating HSTs, and with each block I’m finding my accuracy improving (to the point where I’ll probably go back and red-do my first to blocks when we get to the end!).

Here’s a photo of my second stash pull … you can see from my block collection so far that I’ve actually since reconsidered this again, veering away slightly from the true oranges and including instead some golden yellows, taking a cue from that gorgeous Morning Walk Fabric by Leah Duncan.

Tweaked my choices a bit for #modernhstsampler

Here are some individual blocks.

Stepping stones block for the #modernhstsampler #hst #quiltalong #patchwork #quilting #handmadelife #crafter #sunny

Catching up with #modernhstsampler. My ninja (block). Took me forever to choose fabrics for this one, I don't know why! #ninjastar #quiltalong #bom #quilting #sewing #craftday #morningwalkfabric

Block #3 in the #modernhstsampler (still trying to settle on fabrics for block 2). I really took my time with this one and am super pleased with the improvement in precision between this block and the last ... this one came out  to exactly the right finis

Putting all the blocks together like this at the one quarter mark is a great way to understand the colour mix I need to use in the next set to keep it all balanced. I’m also loving seeing everyone’s progress over on Instagram, it is going to be fun to see how they all come together.

Modern HST Blocks by Blossom Heart Quilts