I'm so excited to share my latest quilt pattern for you. This is my Half Way Home quilt that I designed for Robert Kaufman, using some of their beautiful denims and chambrays, and the pattern is available as a free download on their site. I love this quilt for a number of reasons: primarily, each of the thirty quilt blocks in the pattern are made improvisationally, so none of them are identical, which also means that every quilt made from these instructions will be slightly different and completely unique. Half Way Home measures 60" x 72", which is a perfect size for a throw quilt.
For the quilt, I used seven different denims and chambrays, combined with Kona Cotton in Oyster, which is a beautiful creamy white that I think works well with all of the different denims. I had not worked much with denim before in my quilts, and the ones that I chose for this project varied in weight from quite heavy and jean-like to much lighter chambrays. I was a bit nervous about quilting with such a variety of fabric weights, but I had no problems at all.
This pattern is great for beginner quilt makers, especially those who want to try their hands at working improvisationally but would also like a bit of structure. It's also a fast project for more experienced quilters. I had a hard time sending this one to the folks at Robert Kaufman because I really wanted to keep it. I don't often make the same quilt twice, but I think I might need to make one of these for me one day.
One of the lovely things about the Robert Kaufman denims that I used is that instead of having a fixed right and wrong side, some of them can really be used on both sides. The striped denims, for example, get their design as a result of how the threads are woven, so they often have a slightly different appearance on their reverse side. I used some of these denims with their "wrong side" facing up, to give more variety to my blocks and also to add some subtle movement throughout my design.
If you were at the International Quilt Market in Minneapolis this spring, you may have seen the quilt in Robert Kaufman's Sewing Studio section of their booth, along side lots of other great projects that featured their denims and other garment making substrates.
If you make your own version of my Half Way Home quilt, I'd love to see it! Please use the hashtag #halfwayhomequilt on social media so we can all follow along with your project.