Cheers! I am so excited to be participating in Riley Blake’s Union Jack Blog Hop! I am in love with the fun colors of this Union Jack panel! My friend, Karen, loves all things British: Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, the Royal Family, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Fish ‘n Chips, Beef Wellington, The Cure & Adele….her husband served a mission in England, AND here is Harper, their adorable baby girl with a trendy British name! Harper is the cutest baby ever and this quilt is for her.
This quilt is the perfect size for a wallhanging or baby quilt
Finished quilt 38.5″ x 30.5″
Here’s how you can make your own “Harper Girl” quilt.
1 Union Jack print
assorted jelly roll strips of prints and white – or yardage to cut strips
Heat n Bond Lite Printable sheets
1 yard backing fabric
1/3 yard binding
Cut the white fabric and assorted prints into 2.5″ strips x WOF
I used 1 strip of each of the 8 colors, cut 16 white strips
Now cut each WOF strip in half
Sew into strip sets of (5) total. I just picked random colors and didn’t try and lay out the pattern. Make 3 sets with white beginning and ending and 3 sets with prints beginning and ending as pictured:
Press toward the prints.
Cut the strip sets into 2.5″ sub sets:
Make 2 piles: one with the white on the outside and one with the patterned fabric on the outside:
Now comes the fun part – grab and sew! Once again, I didn’t try and lay out a pattern, I just grabbed 2 strip sets and sewed together. Make sure the intersections of the seams sandwich together nicely.
Make 9 of these blocks: 5 blocks with patterned corners, 4 blocks with white corners.
Fussy cut one of the Union Jack blocks, leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance around the print.
Find a font you like and print it in reverse on one of these Heat n Bond EZ print sheets – you could also use a silhouette, but I am not that advanced!
Cut out the letters and peel off the backing paper. Cut a piece of white fabric 9.25″ wide (the width of the Union Jack) x 19.5″ Place the letters and iron in place. Straight stitch around each letter twice.
Sew the Union Jack to the white fabric.
Lay out your blocks in this pattern: 2 rows of 3 blocks, then the Union Jack strip, then 1 row of 3 blocks. Square up the white fabric if there is a little excess on the end.