As summer gets closer, I have been looking for a quilting project that had a bit of a tropical feel to it.
I also wanted it to be pretty easy so I could actually get it done in time for summer. I switch out the quilt in my guest room whenever a new season approaches.
When I found this “Mirage” quilt by Donna from Jordan Fabrics, I knew it was the one I had been looking for. It’s simple, summery, and a little sassy. Perfect!
What You’ll Need:
- 16 squares of a solid color, 10″ each
- 4 jelly rolls with 5 patterns each, cut into 2.5″ strips. You can purchase these precut, or make them yourself.
- Batting, backing, and border of choice
- Sewing machine, rotary cutter, quilting ruler, and iron
First, sew together each jelly roll. You’ll end up with 5 patterns sewn together each. Cut these into 10″ squares so it matches the solid color squares.
Place a solid color and patterned square together, right sides facing each other. Sew these squares together on all sides, leaving 1/4″ seam allowance.
Cut off the dog ears and cut the block diagonally in half twice. Open the 4 pieces up and press them each open. You’ve now made four blocks.
After you make 64 blocks (that’s how many Donna makes to make a 49″ x 49″ patchwork for the quilt, you can adjust it to whatever size you’d like,) arrange your blocks.
For her mirage quilt, she starts from the middle and works out. Start by using 4 blocks to create a solid square in the center. Create a star pattern around it, then square outlines around that.
Jordan goes into more detail for the blocks and their arrangements in the video below. Once you have it to your liking, sew it together.
Add your batting, backing, border(s), and free motion stitches, then you’re done!
The little star in the middle and the bright patterns make this so gorgeous. I love how many varieties of this you can end up making.
How are you going to personalize yours?