New Union Jack Quilt Pattern

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. 

Faded Low Volume Union Jack quilt pattern design by Amy Smart

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!

Fresh red, white, and blue, washed-out Union Jack Quilt pattern by Diary of a Quilter

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.) 

You can find the new version of the Union Jack pattern in my pattern shop.

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.)

Low Volume Union Jack quilt pattern made by Amy Smart

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.

Union Jack quilt block pattern by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter

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

Union Jack quilt made by Amanda Niederhauser using pattern by Amy Smart

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!

Regent Street - Union Jacks Quilt Pattern by Amy Smart featuring Notting Hill Fabric collection

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.)

Notting Hill Fabric collection by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter for Riley Blake Designs

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!

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  • Reply
    Jill Currie
    November 7, 2020 at 7:05 am

    I love the look of your new fabric line and adore using your other lines that I have managed to get shipped to the UK. I really enjoy following your blog and hope that you and your family are keeping well in these very strange times. The Pandemic highlights more than ever, how small the world is and how similar we all are in our hopes and aspirations, our love of family and the joy that the quilting community brings to each other. Keep well, keep safe and keep on quilting!

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      November 7, 2020 at 4:12 pm

      Aww, than you, Jill. And I totally agree. I like to look for the ways this time has brought out the best in our common humanity. Sending love!

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    Melissa Burnette
    November 7, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    I love this and can’t wait to get my hands on your new fabric line! Do you think I could use one of the blocks from your pattern to make a doll quilt?

    • Reply
      November 7, 2020 at 4:12 pm

      Yes- one block would work great for a doll quilt! (The finished blocks are 11″ x 15″)

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    Bev Arason-Gaudet
    November 7, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    Love this new version! I took your Union Jack bag class at Fabric Fest – loved meeting you and I love my bag and can’t believe it was in 2013! Wow!

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      November 7, 2020 at 4:13 pm

      Seriously! I can’t believe it’s been that long either!

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    The Joyful Quilter
    November 7, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    I absolutely LOVE your soft color version of this lovely quilt!! Thanks for the pattern redesign. It’s going on my To Make list!

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      November 7, 2020 at 4:13 pm

      Thank you! I hope you have a great time making it!

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    November 7, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    Is this a paper piecing or patchwork pattern? Just brilliant, I love how it looks. Great job!

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      November 9, 2020 at 2:52 pm

      Great question – I need to update the description. It’s a patchwork pattern (no foundation paper piecing). Thanks!

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    November 8, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    Beautiful piece and the colors are beautiful.

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    November 10, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    I love it! I think I have this pattern, but need to go check the drawer.

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    Emily H
    November 12, 2020 at 7:56 am

    I went to order the pdf pattern but it is sold out!!! Do you know when this will be available again?

    • Reply
      November 12, 2020 at 9:14 am

      Oooh! Thanks for the heads up. Yes, it’s restocked! Thanks for letting me know!

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    Paula Harvey
    November 17, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    This may be just the ticket for me. I’ve always liked your original quilt and next year was supposed to hold a trip to London for a significant birthday for me. That’s looking highly unlikely at this point, so a bit of “me time” sewing this up might be a good place holder for that idea.

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    November 22, 2020 at 4:44 am

    I was so excited to see that you turned your Union Jack block pattern into the Regent Street quilt pattern. I am an American quilter currently living in London. The Notting Hill bundle and the Regent Street quilt just zoomed to the top of my “must make” list!

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