Finally got out to take some beauty shots of the latest version of my Regent Street Union Jack quilt made with Liberty of London florals and Jane Austen prints. I’ve been working on this quilt for a few months now. I’ll share all of the pattern, quilting, and fabric details below.
Union Jack Quilt Pattern
This quilt is made using my pattern: Regent Street Union Jacks which you can find available in my shop in both PDF and Paper copy versions. (This is quilt is made using the original size version, not the Super Size Union Jack variation.)
As I mentioned, I’ve been working on this quilt for a few months now. I’ve enjoyed taking my time and playing with the various fabric and color combinations – which is always my favorite part of any Union Jack quilt I’ve made. I love how the different combinations of color and scale give the Union Jack flags movement and depth.
And yet the consistent color palette and neutral sashing pull everything together and keep it from looking too messy.
The fabrics for this quilt are mostly from two different British-inspired fabric collections. After my trip to England last fall, I wanted to pull them all out and use them in something fabulous.
Liberty of London Floral prints
Most of the prints (including the backing) are from the Liberty of London Winter Flower Show collection that came out in 2020.
Some of these Liberty prints are still available on Etsy including here and here, and a Fat Quarter bundle here.
Jane Austen at Home fabrics
Other prints used are from the Jane Austen at Home fabric collection – inspired by fabrics in a quilt Jane Austen made (see it here). I actually started some of these blocks over a year ago, not sure what they would become. I love how well they’ve blended and worked with the Liberty prints.
You can still find fabrics from the Jane Austen at Home fabric collection available on Etsy as well.
To tie the busy florals all together I used a bunch of off-white, blue, or red blenders, some from my stash. Others from the Buttermilk Basin Basics.
For the sashing I used the Riley Blake linen/cotton blend in Natural. I love that it frames the busy flags, gives the eye a place to rest and adds some nice texture to the quilt.
You may remember my decision to change the outside border from a floral to a more basic blue blender. It definitely changes the look of the quilt, but since this quilt is a gift, I’m still feeling like that was the right call.
Finishing the Quilt
Machine quilting for this quilt was done by long-arm quilter Monica Steelman in a loopy-stipple style. I wanted something simple that would give the quilt texture but not be distracting.
So there you go. Lots of eye-candy of the latest Regent Street Union Jack quilt. ❤
Now this quilt is needs a label and a wash in the machine to soften it up before I gift it.
I don’t wash my quilts before I take pictures of them because they photograph more crisply before they’re washed. But they’re way more snuggly after they’ve been washed. In the past 20+ years of making quilts I can think of only twice when I’ve had an issue with fabric colors bleeding. Using high quality fabrics definitely makes a difference. But I still throw a Shout Color Catcher into the first wash every time, just to be safe.
For more detail on Finishing and Binding a Quilt go here.
I’ve starting to loose count of how many Union Jack quilts I’ve made. You can see some of the other ones here:
Notting Hill spring florals version
And amazingly I’m not sick of them! I could make another one tomorrow!
Absolutely lovely. One day I will get around to making one for myself.
I am so smitten with this pattern and your fabric choices. I’ve got to add this to my “gotta make” list.
Do you possibly have a kit for this one?
My mother is from England and I’ve always wanted to quilt the UJ quilt. This is gorgeous, this is the one, can’t wait to start it. Thanks so much for this beautiful design. Jane
Aww, that’s wonderful. You’re welcome – I hope you enjoy making it!