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Thursday, June 20, 2013

As Promised ... My Union Jack Quilt Pattern

Hello my dear friends,

as promised here is the pattern I made for my daughters Caylagh's Union Jack quilt. In this post I am sharing the pattern with you along with a few instructions and tips. Please note that this is not a step~by~step tutorial though.

My Union Jack quilt design ..

The overall size of the quilt is 76 inches by 60 inches and I used 5 different fabrics.
And this is my basic pattern ...
... and also some ~ I hope ~ useful tips for you ...

(I am very old fashioned when it comes to quilting and therefore I only use cardboard templates, a pencil and a ruler to cut my quilt pieces.)

For this quilt I used bristle board to cut the large templates for the quarter section of the quilt which are without a seam allowance, so when you draw around these large templates you will have to ADD a 1/4 inch seam allowance all the way around. To make your templates use the chart and measurements and enlarge it onto your card and then cut the template pieces out.
The template for the square that makes up the center cross can be made including the seam allowance ~ this way your drawing of the pieces will go faster. The small square measures 4.5 inches by 4.5 inches including seam allowance which leaves you with a sewn 4 inch square.
  Last but not least ...
... I love to frame my quilt tops in a strip of white cotton that is 2 inches wide ~ it just makes the pattern stand out more.

And finally my last tip for you is ...

... measure very carefully when you cut your larger pieces and cut them the same. I had to re~cut 7 large pieces because I did not pay enough attention.

I hope that I have explained everything well enough. If you have any questions drop me a line and I will try and answer them for you.

If you end up making this quilt, please send me pictures of the finished quilt! I would love to see what you have created!

It would be so nice for to visit me soon again and until then ...

I hope you are well and life is treating you kind my dear friends.

Have a peaceful and creative day,

Karen B.


  1. T'ha quedat una vànova preciosa, molt bonica!
    I gràcies pels consells.
    Un petó

  2. Thank-you Karen, very easy to follow. I'm going to try a small hanging first just to be sure I can do it. I love it!

  3. What a gorgeous quilt you've created and a treasure for your daughter to cherish forever.

  4. Hi Bronson,
    thank you for your comment. As it states in my post above, the Union Jack quilt is 'my' design and personal version of it. I do realize that it isn't a 'true' Union Jack, and it was never intended to be. It was simply a 'cool' quilt I made for my daughter's birthday.
    Karen B. ~ Todolwen