Friday, November 13, 2020

Awning Quilt Pattern & Sketchbook Fabric

I have had the honor of calling Heather Black of Quiltachusetts a quilting friend for many years now. I love her innovative quilt designs and color palettes.

Heather just launched her first fabric collection with Paintbrush Studios Fabric called Sketchbook.  The colors and designs are very Heather.  She has such a way of combining colors that I would not think to put together, but they work so well.  

I got to play with Sketchbook and came up with my new quilt pattern, AwningAwning is available in my pattern shop for a special introductory price through Tuesday, Nov. 17th.


I would describe a lot of the prints in the Sketchbook collection as large scale blenders, with some of the prints having a little larger scale than a typical blender.  Here is a picture of a fat quarter bundle of the entire line (available in the Quiltachusetts shop):

I selected six of the prints (plus one additional for the binding) from the collection and combined them with Painter's Palette Solid in Snow also by Paintbrush Studios.  I was excited to figure out that I even had matching Aurifil thread for each fabric!


I took inspiration from the prints that looked like half moon/bowl shapes of the orange and charcoal fabrics shown above.  After playing around with the half moon shape in EQ8, I came up with this giant scallop design I am calling Awning.

The half circle blocks in the quilt are large so the curves are not too difficult to sew (the larger the curve, usually the easier it is to sew).  I used glue basting for the first time with these blocks and I loved it.  I found that it was quicker to baste, quicker to sew, and I did not get a single tuck :)  I will be sharing a quick glue basting tutorial on Monday.

Once the blocks were finished, the quilt came together pretty quickly and it was soon time for the quilting.  I used matching Aurifil thread for each section of the quilt to give the quilt texture but not take away from the prints or the piecing.

I settled pretty quickly on wanting to use straight line quilting in the cream background and used a combination of walking foot and ruler quilting.  I could not decide what I wanted to put into the awning part of the quilt.  I wanted to leave the awning portion less densely quilted so it stood out more.  Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl suggested a large loop design which worked perfectly.  

I have been trying to be a little more creative with my photography, so after I got a flat shot outside and a couple of detail shots, I took the quilt around my house for some styled shots. 


If you would like to make your own Awning quilt, you can get a digital, pdf version of the Awning quilt pattern in my pattern shop.

Awning is on sale for an introductory price of $9.50 in my shop through Tuesday, Nov. 17th.

For additional savings in the shop - Use the coupon code "TWOPATTERNS" for $2 off 2 patterns and "THREEPATTERNS" for $4 off 3 patterns.

If you decide to make an Awning quilt, please share your progress and finished pictures on social media #AwningQuilt and be sure to tag me @MeadowMistDesigns :)


I would like to thank Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl for her amazing tech editing skills and quilting ideas.  

I want to also thank Heather for allowing me to play with her fabrics, I had such fun making a quilt that was different than what I normally make.


One of my most favorite things about designing quilts is seeing how the design looks in different colors and prints.  Here were some of my favorite alternate colorways with Awning including a graphic two-tone, an ombre, and a version with a gray background.  Which is your favorite?


  1. Love your "creative photos". They turned out great :) And congrats on your new pattern! Stay well xo Melanie

  2. Very nice ! Love both the pattern and the fabrics!

  3. It's a fun design, and you know I can't resist curves these days. I'm especially drawn to the ombre mockup (surprise, right? ha!).

  4. That's a great pattern. Well done. I love glue basting.

  5. So many great things about this...a friend's fabric line to play with and your great pattern. Of course, I love seeing the possibilities of other fabric choices. Love the binding too!

  6. Simple patterns are the best. Love the fabrics too!


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