New Quilt Pattern: Festival, in Quilt Now

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Quilt Now issue 14 featuring Festival quilt pattern by Sharon McConnell

This month’s issue of Quilt Now magazine features my new quilt pattern, Festival. My quilt (shown below) was made with fabrics from the “happy home” collection by Caroline Hulse for Art Gallery Fabrics (on sale now) as well as a couple prints from my Art Gallery Fabrics stash. I used Hobbs Heirloom batting and Aurifil thread for piecing. Long arm quilting by Darby of Quilted Squid.

*note: there are some errors I found in the pattern in the magazine, see bottom of this post for explanation and corrections*

Quilt Now issue 14 featuring Festival quilt pattern by Sharon McConnell

I had fun making this quilt with all the bright cheery colors, and the Happy Home prints are just really cute. That text print on the back is all words that are uplifting and describe how you might feel at Home. The Festival quilt looks harder than it is because of the hexagons, but they are pieced in halves, so you don’t have to sew Y, or “set in” seams unless you want to do it that way.

This issue of Quilt Now also features many other pretty quilt patterns (the theme is bright colors, so you know it’s fun!), including the cover quilt by Lynne Goldsworthy (@lilysquilts) and a simple, modern plus quilt by Cherie Grzych (@cherie_gee). There is also a feature on bag making, with tips from top designers like Sara Lawson (@sewsweetness), and tote, pouch, basket and backpack patterns.

Happy Sewing!


Pattern Corrections for the Quilt Now Festival Quilt pattern:

cutting instructions: Cut 1 template A and 2 template B from like print for each whole hexagon block (49 sets). Cut 2 B template from like print for the half-hexagon blocks (7 sets)

*the illustrations for the piecing are on page 42. The sewing steps refer to Pic. A, etc., it should be figure 1, figure 2, etc.*

step 9. My original pattern was edited so that step numbers were changed but this was not corrected in the final printing. In Step 9 of the Quilt Now pattern, it should say, “repeat steps 4-8 to make the half-hexagon units.”



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