New: Expanse Quilt Pattern

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Happy Wednesday! Today I want to chat about my newest pattern, the Expanse Quilt Pattern.

I've been playing around with super-sized block quilts since 2011 when I made my Giant Vintage Star Quilt. I still love that quilt and I've continued to revisit the idea through other quilts and tutorials (like this one) and the Vast quilt that's in my book, Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle.

You can find the new pattern for sale here: Expanse Quilt Pattern

Nearly every big-block quilt I've made has been a square throw size. This has resulted in many emails over the years asking for help to make larger quilts. This has led me to finally release the Expanse Quilt Pattern, which has five different size quilts made with super-sized half-square triangle blocks!

This big block quilt is the perfect project to show off those fabrics you can’t bear to cut up. It comes together super quick, making it great for last minute gifting! Choose between two style options: using all print fabrics or pairing prints with a background fabric.

As I mentioned there are FIVE quilt sizes to choose from, hooray! Here are the included sizes: Baby (34"x34"), Small Throw (51"x68"), Square Throw (68"x68"), Large (68"x85"), Extra Large (85"x102").

In addition to instructions for making half-square triangle blocks and making your quilt, you'll also find coloring pages at the back of the pattern to help you plan out your quilt.

I always thought it would be fun to make a baby quilt with this design. If you don't spend a ton of time picking fabrics (you only need a few), and choose a relatively simple quilting design, I think you could pull this baby quilt together in an afternoon. Sometimes you need a last minute baby quilt, and I think this is a great option. Here is the baby quilt I made! I picked all the fabrics around the Leah Duncan fabric that I used for the backing. I love how it turned out!

There are so many different color/fabric directions you could use for this quilt. I love making quilts that have no background fabric and this design works so well this way. Sometimes it's hard to choose a background fabric, or you just don't have enough on hand! This one was made with brushed cottons and double gauze fabrics by Nani Iro. I used wool batting and brushed cotton on the back, so it's incredibly cozy.

Read more about this quilt here: Nani Iro Brushed Cotton Expanse Quilt

Going in a totally different direction, one of the options in this pattern is to use a background fabric along with prints. This really has a ton of options in terms of design. You can decide how many different colored prints you want to use and arrange the blocks however you'd like. So many different possibilities. Here is a quilt I made using this gorgeous teal shot cotton as the background fabric. The whole quilt is centered around the orange unicorn print. The quilt ends up looking like one giant quilt block!

Read more about this quilt here: Super-sized Unicorn Half-square Triangle Quilt

You can find the new pattern for sale here: Expanse Quilt Pattern

Happy Quilting!

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