Hooray! I’m so excited to finally share my finished Union Jack quilt with all of you. If you’ve been around these parts for a while, you already know, that I’m an Anglophile through and through. I’ve lived in the UK multiple times and the majority of my gene pool is from that green and pleasant land. I’m also sucker for Union Jacks.
This pattern is an update on a Union Jack block/bag pattern that I released years ago. Updating the block pattern to a quilt option has been on my ‘to-do’ list to update for a while now. I’m so excited it’s finally ready to share!
I made my first Union Jack quilt a few years ago. After working on those blocks I started modifying the block dimensions (making them slightly smaller), process and construction method to make this block more fabric economically-friendly (less waste) and faster to assemble. It’s deceptively fast to put together.
And I’ve written the pattern with Fat Quarters in mind – perfect for playing with a fun FQ Bundle or pulling from your stash. (You can also use regular 1/4 yards too, if you want.)
If you bought my original Union Jack block/bag pattern, you will automatically get a copy of the updated version emailed directly to you. (Let me know if you don’t.)
This quilt was one of my sanity projects last spring when we were living in quarantine. Felt soo therapeutic to make something for myself and just for fun.
I also made this quilt just for me 🙂 and pulled some favorite fabrics from my stash for this project. A lot of of them are prints I’d been saving for “just the right reason”, including fabric I purchased at shops like Cath Kidston when we lived in England one summer a few years back.
I also had to include some Liberty of London quilting cotton prints (obviously!) and added some of my own designs from past fabric collections like this micro dot.
The quilting is a traditional Baptist Fan design quilted by Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting. I love how the design feels classic and gives just the right amount of texture to this quilt. I can’t wait to wash it and USE this as my own cozy nap quilt.
This muted version was so fun to make by choosing more faded, washed-out, or “low-volume” color palette. If you’re looking for a similar selection washed out “beachy” reds, whites, and blues, check out these fat quarter bundles from Sojo Fabrics and Simply Love Fabrics.
I’m equally smitten with this darker, more saturated version made by Amanda Niederhauser of Jedi Craft Girl. I really want to make one of these variations too! She used so many great prints!
The new pattern is officially called Regent Street – after a posh boulevard in London – and is available as a PDF copy and a PRE-ORDER of a hard copy paper pattern. (The hard copy patterns will ship at the end of next week.)
AND! Here’s one more fun sneak peek!
The quilt on the cover is made with my upcoming fabric collection. This collection is called Notting Hill and is a nod to my love for the city of London! fabric will be available from Riley Blake designs in stores in February. I’ll be sharing more projects, pictures, background and details in the coming weeks on my blog and as part of the Riley Blake Designs Virtual Quilt Market!
I can’t wait to show and tell you more!