When You Wish… Multi-Size Quilt Pattern

I’ve just listed an expanded version of the When You Wish… quilt pattern up in my shop and wanted to let you know.

Free baby quilt pattern by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts; made with Karen Lewis' Blueberry Park

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.

When You Wish... quilt pattern in 4 sizes: baby, throw, queen and king. Bonus baby size FQ friendly pattern too! This version is made in Kona solids.

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*).

Ruby Star Society Speckled fabrics about to be sewn into a throw sized star quilt.

These fabrics make a bold and bright quilt.

When You Wish... quilt pattern in 4 sizes: baby, throw, queen and king. Bonus baby size FQ friendly pattern too! This version is made with Ruby Star Society Speckled fabrics.

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:

Star quilting pattern on a When You Wish... quilt made by Bonjour Quilts. A quilt pattern that comes with instructions for 4 sizes: baby, throw, queen and king.

This next version is the baby size made in Kona cotton yardage. The alternate corners are separated into warm and cool fabrics.

When You Wish... quilt pattern in 4 sizes: baby, throw, queen and king. Bonus baby size FQ friendly pattern too! This version is made in Kona solids.

Here’s another baby size quilt, this time in a more monochrome look.

When You Wish... quilt pattern in 4 sizes: baby, throw, queen and king. Bonus baby size FQ friendly pattern too!

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.

When You Wish... quilt pattern in 4 sizes: baby, throw, queen and king. Bonus baby size FQ friendly pattern too!

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.

Super scrappy version of the When You Wish... quilt pattern. Comes in 4 sizes: baby, throw, queen and king. Bonus baby size FQ friendly pattern too!

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.

Scrappy quilt design - getting ready to sew a When You Wish... baby quilt with scraps.

I sewed some larger panels of scraps from which I cut multiple squares:

Yellow scrappy quilt panel.

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.

Cutting scrappy blocks for a When You Wish... baby quilt pattern. These yellow blocks will form the centre star for this scrappy baby quilt.

I also sewed individual blocks one at a time. This method gives you more control over where your seams fall.

Cutting scrappy blocks for a When You Wish... baby quilt pattern. These blue blocks will help form a star for this scrappy baby quilt.

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.

scrappy star baby quilt

There you have it!

You can find the When You Wish… quilt pattern in the shop now.

Thanks for reading and happy sewing!

When You Wish... quilt pattern in 4 sizes: baby, throw, queen and king. Bonus baby size FQ friendly pattern too!

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3 thoughts on “When You Wish… Multi-Size Quilt Pattern”

  1. Hi Kirsty, I love your designs! I just read in the newsletter that you’re open to suggestions for the new pattern you just stitched up in yellow and low volumes (it’s lovely, btw). It looks like a plus sign to me and you seem like a super positive person, so I was thinking you should call it “positive vibes”.

    Your new kitchen is dreamy! I’m feeling super envious of all that light, airy space as we’re heading into darkness here in Alaska. Good luck with the move and thank you for all the beautiful patterns, freebies, inspiration, and general goodness you put into the world.

    Kirstin

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  2. Hi Andrea, thankfully we’re not in lockdown at the moment (but that could change very quickly). The state below us is in a bad way and won’t be open until Christmas. The race is on to get as many people vaccinated as possible before we have another outbreak.

    Hope you’re keeping safe and well and I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying the newsletter!

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  3. Thanks for showing how you made your scrap blocks. That’s exactly what I need to do! You’re so brilliant.

    I enjoy the links you share too.

    Are you in lockdown where you live?

    Best to you and yours. Andrea

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