Tuesday, July 28, 2020

New pattern: Hometime


Earlier this spring I shared a graduation quilt I made using the new Farmhouse Flannels II collectionby Primitive Gatherings for Moda. The colors in this collection are warm, earthy and masculine, and the prints include an assortment of traditional plaid, stripe and houndstooth. It’s the perfect collection for a striking guy quilt! When my son saw the quilt I had made, he piped up and said he needed a new quilt too . . . and out of the same fabric! That is music to a quilting mom’s ears, isn’t it? I was so inspired by Luke’s request that I sketched out a new pattern with his input, and the result is this: Hometime.


Hometime is a fat quarter friendly quilt that measures 70 1/2” x 84 1/2”. It features a large barn block in the center, surrounded by timeless hourglass blocks. As the pattern design evolved, Luke suggested that the quilt should only have top and bottom borders, and that they should be different colors. Clearly collaboration is a good thing.  I would not have thought to do that, but I love the end result.


Both Luke and I are thrilled with the striking machine quilting on Hometime, which was done by the fabulous Starlit Bear of Starlit Quilts. Star used a pattern called Diagonal Plaid, which is contemporary but timeless. The tight overall pattern adds visual interest to a quilt that has minimal color variation. Both the quilting and the cozy flannel make this a quilt you want to reach out and touch. Thanks so much, Star! Once again, you knocked it out of the park!




Hometime seemed like the perfect name for this pattern, since it was created while both Luke and I were working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic . . . a spring we will never forget. The silver lining during that dire situation was the time we spent together as a family. Evenings and weekends were filled with walks, talks, puzzles, games, home improvement projects, yard work and also quilt design.


Here are the fabric requirements for Hometime:

22 fat quarters for hourglass blocks
Center square (on point)................ 8” square*
Center square triangle corners....... 1 fat quarter (FQ)
Black star points........................... 1/2 yard
Brown.......................................... 1/4 yard or FQ
Neutral......................................... 1/4 yard or FQ
Inner border surrounding star......... 1/3 yard
Top border.................................... 1/2 yard
Bottom border.............................. 1/2 yard
Backing........................................ 5 1/8 yards
Binding........................................ 5/8 yard
*This could come from a scrap or an extra fat quarter. You may want this to be a focal fabric or a fussy cut.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today.  If you’d like to make your own Hometime quilt, please visit my Etsy Shop. The pattern is available in PDF format. Have a great day, quilting friends!

~Taunja




12 comments:

  1. What a beautiful quilt! Love the fabric line and design. Also love how it only has a top and bottom outer border with two different colours. Looks fabulous this way.

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    1. Thanks so much! It was good to have Luke's ideas and insights . . . pushed me to try something different!

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  2. Oooh!!! How beautiful. You can just look at the picture and know how warm and comfy this is. Love the border. You have a winner here. Thanks, Luke for your input. Just fabulous!!!

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    1. Thanks so much Judy! I'm having a hard time giving this up, even though I love the guys it's going to. ha ha ha!

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  3. Taunja, that's a beauty and I LOVE the name you chose!
    This Twilight Zone we've been living in sure is different but there are many things to be grateful for and you named a few. I agree! :)

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    1. Thanks so much Sue! Love your positive outlook. That's what we all need to have!

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  4. this quilt is massively lovely. I love the color choices and the pattern is very cozy

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  5. I love your story about working with your son to design his quilt! And what a great idea to just add borders to the top and bottom. A way to make a square quilt oblong! Love how it turned out!

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    1. Thanks so much! I really enjoyed making this one. The fabrics are so yummy! Yes, good idea Luke! ;)

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