This is an old favourite of mine. In reality this quilt never gets put away. I wash it, dry it and then we use it again… and again. For those who are new here – since a couple of years ago when I started quilting, this is the first lap-size quilt I made and it was a present for my husband. It’s made entirely with paper pieced blocks, twenty of them. I love this photo of the Union Jack quilt hanging in front of the bookshelves.
I wanted sharp consistent corners, so I learned how to draw paper piecing patterns with this block and I got addicted to pattern making after that. Of all the patterns I have designed since then, the Union Jack quilt pattern is probably my most favourite. I was going to make the whole quilt with these blocks. Then after making ten blocks, I suddenly decided to break the monotonous set of blocks by adding couple of other combinations. I didn’t want to drift too far from the original though.
So I made the next five blocks by replacing the red with grey. I used the same blue fabric from the other block and I rearranged the colours a little. I didn’t touch the cream to keep some continuity.
For the last five blocks I replaced the blue with grey.
I used Kona Charcoal for the sashing and then used a very light grid pattern to quilt it. I pieced only the red and the blue from the quilt for the binding to keep it simple. This quilt has never been put away ever since I made it. When it’s not being used by us, it’s being used by the kitties even though they have their own mini version of this quilt. I also made a matching pillow. If you are interested, you can read about these other finishes on this blog post. As you can tell, I love the geometric pattern of this flag just a little too much, you might even call it an obsession! The Union Jack quilt pattern is available in my shop.
Cheryl May 30, 2014 at 19:48
So classic, I love it!
Olga May 22, 2014 at 07:58
О! So beautiful! Very!
Debby L May 19, 2014 at 10:40
Love the Union Jack quilt and your Doctor Who designs!
Debby L May 19, 2014 at 10:38
Love your Union Jack quilt, as well as your Doctor Who designs!
Kim May 18, 2014 at 21:48
This quilt is so pretty. I love the gray background. It makes the blocks pop.
CitricSugar May 17, 2014 at 16:39
You did a beautiful job, even if I’m going to have Rule, Britannia stuck in my head for days…! :-)
Janine May 17, 2014 at 14:25
I love this quilt! Good luck in the festival :)
Barbara May 17, 2014 at 07:02
Fantastic. Live it.
Cille May 16, 2014 at 22:34
It looks perfect – no wonder it never gets put away :)
Susan May 16, 2014 at 18:23
I always like to hear the story behind a quilt. Thanks for sharing yours.
Silvana ( Sil ) May 16, 2014 at 18:10
Wow! This quilt is really gorgeous!
Susan the farm quilter May 16, 2014 at 15:18
I like the differences! Great quilt.
Susie May 16, 2014 at 13:29
What a striking quilt! I love how you added the gray and varied things …. just the right amount! I also love hearing how you got started designing paper pieced patterns!
Margaret Andrews May 16, 2014 at 12:39
That is certainly a beautiful quilt that you shared. Isn’t a quilt that is loved something wonderful. I made one many years ago for my in-laws and it was my first. They have passed away and it came back to us and sits loved on the couch, faded, and worn but truly loved.