Thursday, May 6, 2021

Orchid Valley Quilt and Pattern

I am excited to share a new quilt finish and pattern with you today called Orchid Valley, now available in my pattern shop!  This quilt is a little different for me, I usually do not use this many prints all together, but I must say that this is one of my favorite quilts I have made in the last few years.


The cover quilt is made with:

  • Kismet collection by Sharon Holland for Art Gallery Fabrics 
  • Essex Linen in Flax by Robert Kaufman 
  • Moda Bella Solids in White

The start of this quilt was the purchase of a fat quarter bundle of the Kismet fabrics.  I knew that I wanted to use the fabric together as a collection and design a quilt that would highlight all of the wonderful prints and colors.

I used my favorite Warm & White batting by the Warm Company and Aurifil thread for the piecing.  The beautiful quilting is by Carol Alperin and it is kind of a swirls clamshell like design.

For the backing, I went with a soft cream and tan wide back print (I love not having to piece a backing!).


I love star designs and this little twist on the star block is so fun, with extra window-pane like grid incorporated into the block.  I also love how having different values and prints in various spots in the blocks make each block have a different look and feel.

The sashing and cornerstones ground the design a little and give the eye a place to rest.

One of my best friends (and the most awesome tech editor in the world!) Yvonne recently moved to the Big Island of Hawaii.  In addition to having the most interesting fruit trees, she also has a ton of native orchids growing on her property.  I named this pattern Orchid Valley in honor of her and in thanks for sharing all of Hawaii's beauty so that I may live a little vicariously through her.


Orchid Valley is written at a confident beginner level and is fat quarter friendly.  You can use fat quarters, ¼ yard cuts, or a mixture of both to make the blocks.

The pattern contains instructions to make three sizes: baby, lap, and twin.

Orchid Valley is on sale in my pattern shop as a digital pattern at a special introductory price of $10 now through Sunday, May 9th.  Once you make an Orchid Valley of your own, you can share it via social media using the hashtag #OrchidValleyQuilt.

In my pattern shop, you can combine this intro sale price with an additional coupon for more savings. Use the code "TWOPATTERNS" for $2 off 2 patterns and "THREEPATTERNS" for $4 off 3 patterns.


I would like to thank Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl for her amazing tech editing skills and quilting ideas (and for sharing her wonderful orchid pictures which inspired the quilt name).  I would also like to thank the Warm Company for the Warm & White batting (my favorite!).


I went to take pictures of Orchid Valley over the weekend and had perfect photography weather.  It was around 4 pm and cloudy so the sky was bright but diffuse.  I went on a walk to the wood near my house (I always get funny looks walking down the street with my quilt and photography equipment) and the forest was just coming to life.  

All of the new grown had this gorgeous light green color and played really well with the earth tones of the quilt.  After I finished outside, I took a few styled shots within my house and my littlest cat Piper decided to join in.  

Here are some of my favorite pictures:


I have been more and more active on Pinterest (check me out here).  If you would like to save Orchid Valley for later on your Pinterest boards, here is a pinnable image.

Remember, you can get the Orchid Valley pattern in the Meadow Mist Designs pattern shop for only $10.00 through Sunday, May 9th.

In my pattern shop, you can combine this intro sale price with an additional coupon for more savings. Use the code "TWOPATTERNS" for $2 off 2 patterns and "THREEPATTERNS" for $4 off 3 patterns.


  1. The earth tones of the quilt look so beautiful against all the new green growth, Cheryl; beautiful photography! This is an awesome design and I am really excited to see all the awesome versions other quilters will make using their favorite fat quarter bundles. :)

  2. Beautiful quilt and the photography in all that green really highlights your fabrics! xo

  3. Beautiful quilt, matched with equally beautiful scenery. Thank you for sharing.

  4. I love this quilt! It is a great use of a fat quarter bundle; no 2 quilts will look the same. FYI - the pdf file name is Orchard Valley. ;-)

  5. Congrats on the new pattern. Love the twist on the stars, but you can definitely still see the stars. I think Yvonne needs to have a quilt retreat on her property. Have tent, will travel. LOL


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