Ribbon Letter alphabet quilt block pattern

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.

alphabet quilt block pattern

ribbon letter alphabet quilt blocks

alphabet quilt block detail


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 and Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts.

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.


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