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It’s here! I’m so excited to introduce you to the Rockwood Quilt, the latest TBS pattern!
You can find the PDF pattern here and the paper pattern here!
Every time I start a new quilt pattern, I usually have a goal in mind. Sometimes it’s to try a new technique or colour palette, but this time… I wanted it to be FAT QUARTER FRIENDLY!
That being said, creating The Rockwood Quilt Pattern has been a labour of love! I started designing it (and redesigning it) a LONG time ago, but it never quite felt right. This is really common for my creative process. Sometimes something won’t feel right at the time, but coming back to it later will often give me a fresh burst of creativity!
I finally came back to it earlier this year and was totally re-inspired! I made a few tweaks and changes - and I am so happy with the final result!
This pattern looks a lot to me like a rock/stone wall...or even LEGO bricks! Do you see it? I also think it has a bit of a houndstooth vibe!
All but one of my patterns are named after parks or towns here in Manitoba, so naming it “Rockwood” felt VERY fitting. Rockwood is a municipality in Manitoba, which encompasses several towns including Stonewall and Stony Mountain.
Another fun fact is that I was playing around with half square triangle block ideas when designing the Birds Hill Quilt, and Rockwood was one of my early design ideas for Birds Hill!
The Rockwood Quilt Pattern uses entirely fat quarters and is an excellent pattern for beginners! It also includes a bonus two-colour option!
Five sizes are included:
- Baby - 36” x 36”
- Small Throw - 54” x 72”
- Large Throw - 72” x 72”
- Twin - 72” x 90”
- Bed - 90” x 90”
And here are the fabric requirements!
The Rockwood cover quilt stemmed from me wanting to use the same colours as my Paint Lake cover quilt!
I designed the Paint Lake Quilt a few years back, and it started from some good ol’ colour inspiration. I was with my mom at my local fabric store and they had a big wall display of Kona fat quarters in the shop. I was feeling very inspired by all of the deep, saturated colours. My mom encouraged me to just grab all of my favourites, which isn’t the way I normally work at all. Usually, I start first with a pattern design, and then play with the colourways afterwards.
So, I went through and picked out my 18 favourite colours without having a clue what I was going to do with them once I brought them home!
I eventually decided to design a pattern that felt like a scrappy quilt, without the need for improvisation...AND included all 18 fat quarters. And that’s how the Paint Lake Quilt Pattern was born!
Long story short...the Paint Lake colours have always made me UNREASONABLY happy! So, ever since releasing Paint Lake, I just knew that I needed to use those same amazing colours for a new pattern!
This small throw size includes every single colour that’s included in the Paint Lake cover quilt, except for one exception. I so badly wanted to keep the colours the exact same, but after some hemming and hawing, I knew that I had to change Sienna to Plum to make it work better for this quilt!
Here’s a list of the Kona colours that I used:
- Hunter Green
- Green Tea
- Old Green
- Dresden Blue
- Teal Blue
- Deep Rose
- Ice Peach
The backing is Grid in Crossword by Kimberly Kight and the binding is Speckled in Black by Rashida Coleman-Hale. I did a straight line machine quilting using 50 wt Aurifil thread in Light Sand (2000) on this one!
Aurifil 50 wt in Light Sand - Amazon Canada
Aurifil 50 wt in Light Sand - Amazon US
Next up, I made this twin size using a combination of fabrics from Warp & Weft’s original line and their Heirloom line designed by Alexia Marcelle Abegg for Ruby Star! I used almost all of the fabrics in both lines. I wish I could have included ALL of them because they’re all SO beautiful, but there were just too many! For this one, I also didn’t repeat any fabrics, meaning every block has its own unique look!
The backing is Wine Time from Warp & Weft for Ruby Star Society and the binding is Kona Natural.
I got the VERY TALENTED Shelly from Ma Tante Quilting to do this “Good Vibrations” pantograph. We also used different colours of threads on either side. This made things slightly more challenging, but Shelly was so amazing and made all of my long arm quilting dreams come true! I’m so happy with how it turned out!
Next, I made a two-colour version using Kona’s Natural and Black! Last year, I made a Landmark Quilt using this same colourway.
As much as I love colour, I also really love neutrals! I pretty much only decorate my home using neutral colours, which is why this Landmark quilt is well-used and well-loved in our living room. I’m positive this version of Rockwood will also be!
The binding is Elements Earth by Figo Fabrics in Jungle Green (which I also used for the Landmark version) and the backing is Laurel Daring from Luna and Laurel by Art Gallery Fabrics.
Next up, I hand quilted this classic green Rockwood pillow! If you’re new here, you might not know that green is one of my all-time favourite colours. So, I always try to make something in my classic favourite greens with every pattern release - Kona’s Spruce and Old Green!
I really wanted to make a pillow using this pattern because each block finishes at 18.5”, which is SO perfect for a standard 20” pillow form!
All you have to do is use two fat quarters - so easy and fun!
I also made this impromptu Essex Linen baby size version! I originally wasn’t planning on it, but as I was tidying up my sewing studio a few weeks ago and was putting away this stack of linen, I immediately knew I needed to turn it into a baby quilt!
In just a FEW hours, I had the fabric cut, the quilt top pieced and basted - and even a little bit quilted! So, if you were wondering if this pattern is fast… I can absolutely confirm!
The Essex Linen colours I used are:
The backing is Coneflower in Sunshine by Sarah Golden for Andover Fabrics and I did the binding in Kona Natural.
Where does my inspiration come from? A commonly asked question here at TBS!
When I say everywhere and everything, I really mean it!
I thought I was done making Rockwood versions...until I was inspired by the gorgeous colours of my favourite Corksicle mug (designed by Poketo)! I just KNEW I had to make a Rockwood Quilt using these colours - the combination was just way too good and made me so happy!
The Kona colours I used are:
- Dresden Blue
- Lt. Parfait
- Teal Blue
- Ice Peach
- Deep Rose
The binding is Copper Metallic Grid by Kimberly Kight for Ruby Star Society and the backing is Rifle Paper’s Queen Anne Peach!
I also wanted to show you some of the other Rockwood mockups because they are too fun not to share!
Rockwood Fabric Bundles
Yes, you read that right! I’m so excited to tell you that I have Rockwood fabric bundles available in the shop right now! Each bundle includes all of the fabrics for the Rockwood Cover Quilt top (small throw size)!
There are limited quantities, so make sure to jump on them fast!
Very soon, I’ll be sharing the pattern tester versions of the Rockwood Quilt in another blog post! I also LOVE seeing the quilts that everyone creates, so please make sure to use the hashtags #rockwoodquilt and #blanketstatementpatterns so that I can check them out!
Have questions about this pattern or any other ones in the shop? Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help you out!