Get To Know: The Steep Rock Quilt

Cover Quilt Steep Rock On Rocks

I’m so excited to tell you about how the Steep Rock Quilt came to life! 

Check out the Steep Rock PDF and Paper Pattern here.

It all started out with this custom baby quilt I made for close friends of ours, using reclaimed cotton in peaches and pink. If I’m being totally honest, the design for it came to me while doodling on some grid paper! 

Around the time when I made this quilt, I had also just launched The Blanket Statement, which originally started as a shop for me to sell my quilts. And this baby quilt was actually the first finished quilt I shared on my Instagram after officially launching!

Pink Baby Steep Quilt 1
Pink Baby Steep Rock Closeup
Pink Baby Steep Rock Rolled

I ended up loving the design so much that I decided to make another one in cool colours using reclaimed cotton once again. This quilt will always have a special place in my heart because it ended up being the very first one I sold through my shop - bought by my lovely father-in-law!

Steep Rock Cool Colours 1
Steep Rock Cool Colours 2
Steep Rock Cool Colours 3
Steep Rock Cool Colours Closeup

In the summer of 2017, my family went on a camping trip to places all over Northern Manitoba. One of our stops was Clear Lake, which is where the pictures above were taken! I will never forget that trip, because I took a ton of quilts along with me. You know you love quilting when…

Erin Quilt Headlamp

Months later, I had decided I was going to start releasing Blanket Statement quilt patterns named after places and towns in Manitoba - and this design was one I knew I wanted to include in the mix! 

Which leads me to how the name “Steep Rock” came to be! On the same Northern Manitoba camping trip, we went to Steep Rock - a small community located on the shores of Lake Manitoba, where layers upon layers of limestone have formed for thousands of years. Over time, erosion from the waves of the lake have moulded beautiful and unique cliffs along the shore. 

It’s one of the only places in Manitoba that has cliffs, which are an absolute site to see. As soon as I saw the rocky cliffs, I knew that this steep angle quilt design needed to be called “Steep Rock”! 

Important side note: Steep Rock also has an island that you can canoe or kayak to where you can visit GOATS! Proof below!

Steep Rock Canoe Family
Steep Rock Canoe Family 2

Next up, I made this rainbow version as the pattern’s cover quilt! The Kona Cotton colours I used were: 

Steep Rock Pattern Picture
Steep Rock Cover Quilt Hanging
Steep Rock Cover Quilt Erin Holding
Steep Rock Cover Quilt Erin Holding 2
Steep Rock Cover Quilt Swirl

The adorable backing is from the Special Delivery Collection by Lemonni for Figo Fabrics. Because of the negative space of this pattern, it really called for some beautiful longarm quilting. I collaborated with J. Coterie and together we decided to use the New Baptist Fan pantograph to compliment the rainbow colours on the quilt! 

Steep Rock Cover Quilt Erin Holding 3
Steep Rock Cover Quilt Quilting Closeup

The next one I made was a baby-size in a green-blue ombre colourway, of course! As many of you know by now, I always have to make one with my signature green colours.

The Kona Cotton colours I used were: 

Green Ombre Steep Rock Fabric Stack
Green Ombre Steep Rock
Green Ombre Steep Rock Erin Holding

The background is the most fun fabric! It is Bronze Splatter print from April Rhodes for Art Gallery Fabrics. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s available anymore! 

The backing is Wildflowers in Hunter from the Rifle Paper Wildwood Collection

Green Ombre Steep Rock Closeup Backing

I then partnered with Cottoneer Fabrics for this throw size! They put together a super cute Steep Rock kit bundle called “Mellow Yellow” with this mix of yellows, pinks, prints, solids, wovens and metallic fabrics. I always call this one the “pink lemonade” version! 

Mellow Yellow Fabric Stack Steep Rock
Mellow Yellow Steep Rock

I was once again able to work with a bunch of awesome pattern testers for the Steep Rock Quilt! Check out their unique and stunning versions: 

penelopehandmade Steep Rock

From Jennifer @penelopehandmade

cottonstitchcollective Steep Rock

From Priscilla @cottonstitchcollective

wovenandwooly Steep Rock

From Nicki @wovenandwooly

sarai_hobbies Steep Rock

From Sarai @sarai_hobbies

wren.collective Steep Rock

From Rachel @wren.collective

seamedtobe Steep Rock

From Robin @seamedtobe

sewbrainy Steep Rock

From Jamie @sewbrainy

I really love seeing all of the quilt versions you create from my patterns! To see more amazing versions of the Steep Rock Quilt, take a browse through the hashtags #steeprockquilt and #blanketstatementpatterns on Instagram!

Coming soon...all about the Birds Hill Quilt!  

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