The original pattern was for FQ instructions to sew a baby quilt (legs sold separately). Each of the 4 quadrants in this baby quilt are different which works well with FQs.
Over the years I’ve had lots of people email to ask for the pattern in larger sizes, so here it is!
One point of difference with the expanded pattern is that the 4 quadrants are not all different. This time, the diagonally opposite quadrants are the same, which makes sewing it up really quick and easy. The pattern uses yardage rather than FQs given the larger quilt sizes.
So What’s Included?
The pattern has yardage instructions for sewing the following sizes:
- Baby: 36½” x 36½”
- Throw: 60½” x 60½”
- Queen: 96½” x 96½”
- King: 104½” x 104½”
I have also included the original FQ baby quilt instructions as a bonus. It’s nice to have it all in the same file.
Some versions of the When You Wish… quilt pattern
Here are some of the versions of the When You Wish… quilt pattern I’ve sewn up this year.
First up was the cover sample – a throw sized version sewn in these lovely Ruby Star Society Speckled fabrics (you can find them here on Etsy*).
These fabrics make a bold and bright quilt.
I asked Lyn of Lyn’s Quilt Cottage to quilt it for me with a starry design. It’s a happy pattern that really suits the quilt:
This next version is the baby size made in Kona cotton yardage. The alternate corners are separated into warm and cool fabrics.
Here’s another baby size quilt, this time in a more monochrome look.
My original intent was to have the quarters either all navy or all chartreuse. However, when I laid my fabrics out it became apparent that some of them were too close together in value and wouldn’t have given the contrast I was after.
I did consider mixing up the order within the quadrants (instead of going from light to dark, going light, medium, dark, medium). Then I had the idea to swap over the outer medium fabrics, which I think gave the whole design a nice pop.
There are quite a few ways to mix up your fabrics, from dark to light, or light to dark. In rainbow order, colour value order or in warm/cool palettes. You can go for maximum contrast between adjacent layers or you can go for a more subtle look.
Here’s another fun option – super scrappy.
This is definitely a much more time intensive project but it’s so satisfying to make a quilt top completely from scraps!
Because of the variations in colour in each section the lines between the colours become less defined. This makes for a softer, more colour wash effect.
My scrap pile showed me which colours I needed to choose. I sort my scraps by colour and some of the bags were a lot bigger than the others.
I sewed some larger panels of scraps from which I cut multiple squares:
The main thing to remember when cutting out the blocks is don’t cut your edges so they parallel a seam too closely. You don’t need one of your scrappy seams ending up inside your sew-the-blocks-together seam as that would be really bulky.
I also sewed individual blocks one at a time. This method gives you more control over where your seams fall.
Once all the squares were done I made the HSTs as per the pattern and sewed the whole thing together. There are a lot of seams, but such is the nature of scrap quilts.
There you have it!
You can find the When You Wish… quilt pattern in the shop now.
Thanks for reading and happy sewing!
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