I am so glad that after long time, I finally have great news: I just released two quilt patterns!
In the late fall of 2021, while the rules imposed in the Pandemic kept us far from each other, I made some patterns for some mini quilts, good to use as coasters. For one of them I wrote the pattern because I realized that it is not only beginner friendly, but also you need only an hour or two to make it. I chose squares, rectangles and half square triangles to play with.
It's not by chance that I called it “Meeting with friends” as that was the idea I wanted to express:
The central unit symbolizes the table that gathers friends around it. Two triangles meeting at their points symbolizes the friends. The resulting extension of their lines forms an X-cross, a very harmonious sign for meeting, and the ancient symbol for time (the hourglass).
This block combines in a simple and modern manner two of the most used patchwork layouts: Log Cabin and Half Square Triangle (HST).
Because Christmas was approaching, I used fabrics in the colors and prints specific to the winter holidays, but the block looks great using a wide variety of color combinations and prints (except large prints).
Meeting with friends mini quilt measures 8 ¾" x 8 ¾" (22.5 cm x 22.5 cm) before quilting and washing.
It can be used to be displayed on the wall, added to a bag, as well as on the table as a mug rug. For the wall, you should add a sleeve or hanging pockets to the back of the quilt before binding so that the binding covers the raw edges and gives a neat finish (these instructions are not included in this pattern).
Then, one of my friends who helped me testing the pattern, asked me to enlarge the block for making a pillow cover. So it came out a 17” (43.5 cm) square block and I got to the point where the natural question arose: what would a quilt from several such blocks look like? I designed layouts and layouts, searching “the one”, the versatility of this block giving endless set ups and quilt styles.
It was hard to choose which layout I will use for making a sample quilt, but in the end I chose this one:
Meeting with friends quilt is based on only one 17” quilt block. It is a user-friendly pattern and provides step by step color photo guide and instructions to cut and machine piecing, and gives also hints and tips which will help you to assemble this quilt faultless.
Quilt sizes based on 17"/43.5 cm “Meeting with friends” block:
• - Baby/Crib - approx. 34" x 50½" (86.5 cm x 128 cm)
• - Throw - approx. 50½" x 50½" (128 cm x 128 cm)
• - approx. 50½" x 67" (128 cm x 170 cm)
• - Twin - approx. 67" x 84" (170 cm x 210 cm) (the quilt featured in this pattern).
• - Full/Queen - approx. 84" x 100" (210 cm x 254 cm).
Meeting with friends quilt is not difficult to make, but it does require a bit of precision.
This pattern is Fat Eighths, Fat Quarter and yardage friendly.
Look how beautiful turn out my One block-pillow covers! Using only one 17" Meeting with friends block and your scrap pile, you could cheer up your dining room, bedroom and/or porch.
Both patterns are also budget-friendly because they give you the opportunity to use up your leftover fabrics for which you have been waiting for the quilts that will deserve them.
You’ll end up with beautiful quilts that look like a pro made them!