A new year, a new quilt pattern! I’m happy to introduce to you the Lollies quilt pattern.
This pattern came to be as the result of a mistake (you can read all about that in this previous blogpost). Luckily, it was one of those happy mistakes that lead to something I hadn’t considered before.
The blocks in the Lollies quilt pattern are a pleasing diamond shape reminiscent of a hard candy lolly. They really remind me of the individually wrapped butter scotch candies that are so enjoyable on a cold day.
This quilt pattern comes with instructions for 6 quilts.
There are 5 fat quarter friendly sizes – baby, throw, twin, queen and king sizes. Here are their measurements:
The baby quilt finishes at approximately 42” x 46″.
The throw quilt finishes at approximately 58″ x 70″.
The twin quilt finishes at approximately 62″ x 92″.
The queen quilt finishes at approximately 92″ x 96″.
The king fat quarter (FQ) friendly quilt finishes at approximately 102″ x 96″.
Then there is a bonus king size which is layer cake (10″ squares) friendly, for all those looking for a way to use up some of those layer cakes that languish in your cupboard.
The king layer cake (LC) friendly quilt finishes at approximately 110½” x 103″.
The version I made for the cover photo is the baby size. It was made from 6 fat quarters that have been hiding in my stash for quite some time. Some of these fabrics are close to 10 years old – yikes! My background fabric is Kona Snow (found here on Etsy* or at the Fat Quarter Shop*.)
I think the yellow/orange/grass green is a very bright and happy combo. The citrus vibes give a fresh feeling that reminds me of spring. It’s also a good unisex colour palette, which can be handy.
Before I sewed my quilt top together I did consider a diagonal layout (see below), but in the end I went with a curated random look. (Curated random meaning delightfully scrappy rather than hot mess!)
For my backing I actually used a yellow Scrappy Lattice quilt top that I found in my stash. I felt very smug using up old FQs and a UFO quilt top in this quilt!
This quilt was quilted on my domestic machine using wavy lines. (I talk about how I do my wavy, organic quilting at the end of this post – there’s also a short video of me using the technique.) It’s a very easy and forgiving quilting method – thus one I use a lot of the time.
I used the remains of the yellow fat quarters from the Lollies quilt top to create a scrappy binding.
I considered sewing a zigzag machine binding (as per this tutorial) but was running a little low on yellow thread. Rather than sweating whether I had enough thread to make it all the way around, I went with a straight stitch machine binding instead.
I used these flat clips (found on Etsy*) to hold the binding in place as I sewed it down from front of the quilt.
I’m very happy with how this version turned out.
I’m looking forward to making other versions too. You don’t have to stick to the instructions as far as using FQs. You can use up scraps or larger cuts of fabric as well.
This is also a good pattern to have some fun with the layout. You could use a single colour in each row:
Or each column (gradating out from the centre):
Perhaps gradating across the quilt in columns?
Or a single colour for each diagonal:
What about the diamond shape layout:
The diamonds could also involve gradation – whether dark to light or light to dark:
The larger sizes could also be made in a zigzag pattern (this is the queen size – I’m getting a serene water vibe from this):
There are so many different ways you could make this quilt, there’s sure to be one that suits the fabrics you have in your stash. Don’t let your fat quarters hang around for a decade like I have!
If you’d like to make your own Lollies quilt you can find the pattern here in my shop. Thank you so much for reading this far and happy sewing!
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