Rhythm Quilt Pattern - the cover quilt & pattern details

RHYTHM QUILT PATTERN is NOW AVAILABLE!

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I designed this quilt pattern back in March. To be honest, I'm not sure what my inspiration was, other than...I wanted to create an ombre quilt that appealed to my love of tiny piecing. I played around with different kinds of stripes and squares and I eventually landed on this. I like to brainstorm designs while they are still monochromatic. Sometimes I decide to include a two color option in the pattern and sometimes I don't. While I really love how this looks, the pattern really came to life once I added some color!

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I decided to create the pattern so that the colors faded into each other. I also wanted to have the opportunity to use lots of color for a maximum impact! Here are the fabric requirements....you can see that the larger the quilt, the more colors you'll need. Don't let this intimidate you! You're welcome to reuse colors or even choose fabrics that span as many "colors" as you can get! This would also be a great way to use up scraps!

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When I initially released the fabric requirements, I had some questions about how you need the same amount of fat eighths vs. fat quarters. The reasons is because if you use 1/8 yard cuts or fat eighths, there will be very little waste. Since fabric shops don't typically sell fat eighths or 1/8 yard cuts, I listed that you could also use fat quarters or 1/4 yards....you'll just have some left over fabric. It'll all make sense when you look at the "Cutting Instructions" page of your pattern. :)

So when I went to decide on my cover quilt, I knew that I wanted reds oranges and browns. If you haven't noticed, 3 of the 4 quilt patterns that I've released this year uses a similar color palate for the cover quilt. Sorry not sorry! haha. I may be a bit obsessed. 

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The fabrics are Robert Kaufman Kona Solids. We have bundles for this quilt in our shop! The fabrics are:

  • Paprika
  • Cayenne
  • Sienna
  • Tangerine
  • Terracotta
  • Marmalade
  • Persimmon
  • Mango
  • Creamsicle
  • Peach
  • Ice Peach
  • Lingerie
  • Khaki
  • Wheat
  • Amber
  • Roasted Pecan

For my binding, I used Kona Gold (a color that I love, but it didn't make the cut because it was too close to Amber. For my backing I used Peach.

When choosing fabrics for this quilt, create a "flow" or "rhythm" of colors by combining various shades of color families. Start with a few main colors, such as pink, blue and yellow, then expand on those colors by adding in different shades. Where two colors "meet" in the quilt, consider putting dark next to dark or light next to light so that there is a fading effect throughout the quilt.

Once I cut all of my fabrics into strips, I had flashbacks to Interwoven. While this pattern requires a "scant" 1/4 seam, it's not as imperative as it was for Interwoven. If you're curious, I cover scant 1/4" seams in a previous blog post that I did for the Interwoven QAL back in 2019. 

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This pattern uses lots of strip piecing, and is also great for chain piecing. Once you read through the pattern and figure out the flow of how things work it goes by pretty quickly!

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Once everything was pieced, I sent it to Walker Quilt Co. for quilting! At this point, someone had made the comment that this color palate reminded them of spicey honey (which I'm obsessed with), and ever since then, that was the inspiration for my quilting design. With all of the straight lines, I knew that I wanted something with movement and curves. We landed on this pantograph, which gave the quilt the perfect amount of fire and spice. She used a matte gold thread which really pops against the white background. I typically like to have my quilting thread blend into my fabrics, but this gave the quilt some added color and texture. I love it!

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I received my quilt back from Walker Quilt Co. JUST as I was unboxing my new Continental M7 machine by Janome. Let me just say, it's NICE, y'all. Very very nice!

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About a week ago, I met up with my friend, Brittany Cruise, a local photographer, to grab some quilt photos in downtown Raleigh. It was super early, but really fun!

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I can't wait to see what ya'll create with this pattern! Don't forget to use the hashtags #rhythmquilt & #loandbeholdpatterns so that we can all see your pretty quilt!

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Happy sewing!

Britany

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