Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Raindrops Quilt and Pattern

I am excited to be sharing with you two new patterns this week along with a collaboration with FreeSpirit Fabrics.  Today, I will be highlighting Raindrops, tomorrow I will share Chloe, and Friday I will share more about the collaboration.

Raindrops is a super fun, charm pack, and very beginner friendly pattern.  It is the perfect pattern to whip up for a quick finish and to highlight some of your favorite charm packs.  I thought that the quilt design reminded me of raindrops falling from the sky so that is how it earned its name.

You can find Raindrops (and Chloe) on an introductory sale each for $10 through September 26th.  In my pattern shop, you can combine these intro sale prices with coupon codes for more savings. Use the code "TWOPATTERNS" for $2 off 2 patterns and "THREEPATTERNS" for $4 off 3 patterns.


Working with FreeSpirit, they were kind enough to send me the fabrics for this project.  My version of Raindrops used the True Colors collection by Tula Pink and the Tula Pink Dragon's Breath Solids in Tanzanite for the background, all by FreeSpirit (this might be a hint about the collaboration :)  I love the bright colors of the True Colors collection and paired against this wonderful, rich eggplant color just pop.

I love a striped binding and Tula has some great stripes where each stripe is ½" so it really makes a visual impact.  I cut mine on the bias to get the diagonal look to the binding.

For the backing, I used Pinkerville wide back in Purple Sateen.  The colors went really well with the prints on the front and all of FreeSpirit's sateen backings have a such a smooth finish and great feel.  I love not have to piece a back too!

I used my favorite batting, Warm and White from the Warm Company, and Aurifil thread for the piecing and quilting.

If you would like to make this exact quilt you can find all of the fabrics to make your own "kit" in one shop, Hartland Quilt Shop, at Etsy (affiliate links):


Because Raindrops is a beginner level pattern, I wanted to use a quilting design that was simpler and thought about using an allover design.  But when I started thinking about thread color, I really wanted to match the tanzanite background but did not want a dark purple thread on the prints.  So I can up with what I would consider semi-custom, the prints getting one design and the background getting a second design.

In the print squares I quilted a wishbone design using a light cream thread.  I was able to quilt each diagonal column of squares together, only having to tie off threads at the beginning and end of each diagonal column.

Next I filled in the background with a stipple (also called a meander) design using a matching Aurifil thread 2545 in 50 wt.  My goal was to give the background some texture and use a design were it was easy to move around blocks and into corners.


The Raindrops pattern is written at a confident beginner level that comes together quickly and easily.  The pattern contains instructions to make a generous size lap quilt at 54 ½" x 70 ½".

The pattern is now available in the Meadow Mist Designs pattern shop in both digital and printed format.  Raindrops is also available in my Etsy shop.

Raindrops is on sale in my pattern shop at a special introductory price of $10 through Sunday, September 26th.  Once you make a Raindrops of your own, you can share it via social media using the hashtag #RaindropsQuilt.

In my pattern shop, you can combine this intro sale price with an additional coupon for more savings (you can get Raindrops and Chloe together for an even better price!). Use the code "TWOPATTERNS" for $2 off 2 patterns and "THREEPATTERNS" for $4 off 3 patterns.


The newest Meadow Mist Designs patterns, including both Raindrops and Chloe are available through Checkers and Brewer.  You can also setup a wholesale account through my shop and can find details here.


I would like to thank Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl for her amazing tech editing skills and quilting ideas.  I would also like to thank the Warm Company for the Warm & White batting (my favorite!) and FreeSpirit for the fabric.


I had a lot of fun at the photoshoot for Raindrops, here are some of my favorite shots and you can see other pictures and short videos on my Instagram account Meadow Mist Designs or by using hashtag #RaindropsQuilt.

I'd love to see your version of Raindrops!!!


  1. Great new pattern Cheryl and a wonderful complement to the other patterns you have designed. I like the simplicity of this and the quilting design you chose. Free Spirit has wonderful solids and a nice selection of wide backs. This is a fun finish for sure.

  2. Such a pretty quilt, Cheryl!!! I love your quilting design, too! And that bias stripe binding it the best!!!

  3. I really love the quilting, Cheryl. I think keeping the thread colors more complimentary worked well and the two motifs work really well together, too. Congratulations on the release!


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