Today, after hours of tweaking and testing and editing, I'm thrilled to introduce 'Hopeful', my first digital PDF quilt pattern.
(Now available as a download on Etsy)
The seeds for this quilt design started to sprout summer of 2016. Oh dear! Over two years ago! The idea kept nagging in a corner of my quilty mind and wouldn't go away; however, at the time, I didn't know how to bring it to life. Then for Christmas 2016 my husband surprised me with EQ7! Like, totally surprised me! I had no idea!!! I don't usually appreciate surprises but this surprise I was excited about. After several months of playing around I started putting together the beginnings of Hopeful: a Jelly Roll Quilt pattern.
By the time the first #nationalsewajellyrollday came around September, 2017, I was ready to open up my precious jelly roll of Farmhouse by Fig Tree & Co for Moda. But, I didn't get far before Christmas/Winter sewing set in and my Hopeful quilt pattern had to be set aside.
But not forgotten. Never forgotten. As fall 2018 and the second #nationalsewajellyrollday approached I decided it was time to get this quilt top and pattern finished.
All you need to make up Hopeful is a jelly roll of at least 40 2 1/2" strips some background yardage and a bit of accent yardage.
Block construction is fairly simple and straight forward. Strip sets are creating via strip piecing strips and then slicing. About half of my flip corners I did the usual way as outlined in the pattern by stitching corner-to-corner across corner squares then trimming off excess and pressing out. Then I remembered the little Simple Folded Corners ruler by Antler Quilt Design that I purchased on a whim at my LQS. Sweet little ruler! I wasn't sure at first but after a few blocks my blocks were more accurate and went a little quicker. Highly recommend this handy little ruler!
With a little twisting and turning the accent 'diamonds' are formed along with sashing.
I love simple yet striking quilts and that is what I tried to bring to my Hopeful Quilt pattern. Simplicity does not need to be boring : )
You can grab a copy of Hopeful: a Jelly Roll Quilt pattern as an instant download on Etsy.
Main Fabric: Farmhouse by Fig Tree & Co for Moda
Accent Fabric: Moda Marbles Black
Background: Moda Bella Solid 9900 97
Piecing thread: Aurifil
Size: 60" x 80"