Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Riley Blake Union Jack Quilt Tutorial

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.

Quilt as desired



  1. Hello Harper and your lovely friend who made your quilt...both of you are adorable....your tut was very well put together...your quilting simple but impactful...well done...

  2. It turned out just lovely!

  3. So adorable!! and as a Brit (now living in Tulsa, Oklahoma) I'm going to need to get me some of that Riley Blake fabric!!