Monday, March 28, 2022

Swamp Rabbit Quilt Pattern

I am happy to be sharing my newest quilt pattern with you today...Swamp Rabbit Trail.  I made the quilts last fall and used the pattern in the Paper Piecing for Beginners workshop I taught at QuiltCon last month.  I am excited for the official launch of the pattern.

The quilt is named the Swamp Rabbit Trail after the walking/running/bike path that runs for over 22 miles through the heart of Greenville, South Carolina. It is a favorite trail of my family's, especially because of an ice cream shop near the end with homemade, pink waffle cones!

The trail is mostly level with just a few peaks, just like the Swamp Rabbit block.  I originally made the block as party of the Summer Sampler 2020 quilt and was excited to turn it into a full pattern.  Swamp Rabbit Trail contains instructions for two different lap sized versions, the horizontal and the vertical layouts.

You can find Swamp Rabbit Trail on an introductory sale for $10 through Thursday, March 31st.  In my pattern shop, you can combine this intro sale price with coupon codes for more savings. Use the code "TWOPATTERNS" for $2 off 2 patterns and "THREEPATTERNS" for $4 off 3 patterns.


The vertical layout of Swamp Rabbit Trail combines some blue, turquoise, and green solid fabrics (one of my favorite color combos) on a crisp white background.  Because of the contrast between the blue/green solids against the white, the design shows up really well.

For the quilting, I wanted to do a wavy design that went along with the direction of the pieced blocks.  I settled on this wavy back and forth pattern using my free motion quilting foot using white Aurifil thread.

For the backing I found some green and blue solids yardage.  I did not have enough of either to do the entire back, so I pieced them together to make a two colored backing.  A dark blue binding finished the quilt off.


I was originally going to make the horizontal layout version of Swamp Rabbit Trail using a similar color scheme to the vertical layout, but as it turned to fall I really wanted to make a Halloween quilt.  Making a Halloween quilt has been on my to-do list for a couple of years and I have been collecting Halloween fabric.

The peaks in the blocks reminded me of a witch's hat a little so I decided to make a Halloween version.  I used fabrics from Spooky and Sweet (last years line) and Spookier and Sweeter (currently available, affiliate link) against a light gray background.  I love the little witch's hats, bats, and candy.

For the quilting, I went with one of my favorite designs, a large paisley shape that is quick and gives great texture without taking away from the piecing.

For the backing, I knew that this was probably the only Halloween quilt I was going to make in the near future so I wanted to use up as much of the fabric as possible.  I put the panel that came with the fabric on the back and then added in prints that I had not used from the bundle.  I like that it is really a two sided quilt :)


The Swamp Rabbit Trail is written at a confident beginner level that uses strip piecing in a modern way to create the geometric flying geese design.  The pattern contains instructions to make two different lap quilts.  The blocks finish at 18" square so there is no tiny piecing :)

The pattern is now available in the Meadow Mist Designs pattern shop and Etsy.

Swamp Rabbit Trail is on sale in my pattern shop at a special introductory price of $10 through Thursday, March 31st.  Once you make a Swamp Rabbit Trail of your own, you can share it via social media using the hashtag #SwampRabbitTrailQuilt and #SwampRabbitTrailBlock.

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.  I would also like to thank the Warm Company for the Warm & White batting (my favorite!).


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 #SwampRabbitTrailQuilt.

I'd love to see your version of Swamp Rabbit Trail!!



  1. Great pattern, Cheryl! So much fun to see it laid out in two ways. Congratulations!

  2. I love that it can be set horizontally or vertically and I really like the Halloween witchy hat idea too. Shows what interpretation (and colour and fabric choices) can do to a pattern. Another awesome design!

  3. I love it!I'm next door in Spartanburg SC!

  4. I love that the pattern offers different layout options. Your Halloween version is so fun. Congratulations on the release!

  5. I love the Halloween version :) Congrats on another fun pattern release! xo

  6. Another fabulous quilt ands pattern. I really love the version with blue and green.


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