The Adventureland quilt pattern is now available and can be purchased in the shop! This strip quilt is the best modern quilt pattern for a beginner quilter. You can use yardage, a jelly roll or scrap strips of fabric you already have. In this post I'll show you examples of jelly roll and yardage versions.
Are you interested in making a scrappy Adventureland quilt? As you sew different projects, just cut 2.5" strips from your leftover fabric. Most quilt patterns allot for at least a few inches of excess yardage so you don't run out of fabric. Instead of pitching the excess into your waste bin or compost pile, cut a 2.5" strip off and set it aside. Once you have 28 (baby size) or 40 (throw size) strips, it's time to make an Adventureland quilt!
Quilt Pattern Theme for 2022: Companions
Each year I like to pick a theme for the year's new patterns and this year the theme is Companions. What that means is each new pattern in 2022 will coordinate with one or more well-loved SQ design that is already available.
Adventureland's companion pattern is Sugar POP. If you haven't made a Sugar POP quilt, now is the perfect time. Here's a list of the similarities and also what sets the two of them apart.
Companion Patterns: Adventureland & Sugar POP
Adventureland and Sugar POP go together like peas and carrots. Bonnie and Clyde. Ice cream and pickles? These two patterns have a lot in common and when placed side by side they sure look pretty. Here's a list of how they are similar:
- Symmetry - You only have to glance at these two patterns to see their striking resemblance. They both have a central point and are made from large symmetrical triangle blocks.
- Construction - Both of these patterns are made by sewing four large triangle blocks together.
- Fabric strips - Lots and lots of them! These dynamic designs are achieved through bold strips of fabric.
- Finished throw size - Adventureland and Sugar POP throw quilts both finish at 60" square, so if you are making these for siblings, friends or roommates who will be living with these quilts together, there's no need to worry about a fight breaking out over who got the bigger one. 😉
Sugar POP (below)
Yes, there are a lot of fun similarities, but there are some major differences that make these patterns each one-of-a-kind.
- Precut fabric - Adventureland allows you to use a precut bundle called a jelly roll to make a throw or a baby quilt. Sugar POP requires yardage to make all sizes.
- Size instructions - Another reason I'm so excited for these two patterns to live in the world together is because you can mix and match them based on your needs since the patterns include instructions for difference sizes. Adventureland: Queen/Full, Twin, Throw, Baby | Sugar POP: Throw, Baby, Pillow
- Beginner vs. moderate beginner - Because Adventureland is made using strips that are all the same size sewn together in any way you like, it is a fantastic beginner or even first quilt pattern. Sugar POP, while still a beginner-friendly pattern, takes a bit more paying attention to the pattern to get the blocks and strips in the correct place.
- Cool scraps - If you choose not to trim your Adventureland strips before you sew them into blocks, you are left with some SUPER FUN scraps that are 90% ready to be made into a pillow, mini quilt, scrappy binding or even a bandanna (tutorial coming soon!)
Adventureland: Use a Jelly Roll
To make a throw Adventureland quilt top you need 40 - WOF (width of fabric ~42") strips and one yard of background fabric. Even though some jelly roll bundles contain the same amount of each fabric, many do not. This is noted in case you would like your quilt to mirror itself.
The example below is based on many solid fabric jelly rolls available. Most jelly rolls include duplicate fabric with some single strips. Even though it's not an exact mirroring, the cohesiveness of the fabric collection still makes the quilt design flow beautifully.
I bought the jelly roll for this quilt a long time ago and for some reason took it out of the packaging (??), but I think it's Kona Cotton Elizabeth Hartman Solid Rainbow. That wild and fun tropical backing fabric is Rainbow Rainforest on Linen by Alexander Henry.
My good friend Caitlyn Williams made this quilt and Trace Creek Quilting used the pantograph 60s Mod Butterfly.
STOP! 🙂 If you were scrolling through these pics let me stop you right there to point out that this fantastic tropical rainforest print has been seamlessly and expertly matched! Using this tutorial, Match a Print Seamlessly, Caitlyn matched the print when piecing this large backing fabric together.
Can you find the seam?
How about now?
No? I'll zoom in more. Now?
So impressive, right?
And here's my little studio monster, *uhum,* I mean assistant. 😉
She's teething. Can you tell?
She also likes to be touching me ALL the time, which is 100% adorable and 50% not ideal for taking quilt photos. haha!
This next example uses a traditional jelly roll with printed fabric, Purl by Sarah Watts, to be exact. The background fabric is Essex yarn dyed cotton/linen in Nautical. Jessica Schunke made it and had it quilted by Trace Creek Quilting. The pantograph is called Loophole.
Even though the four triangle blocks do not exactly mirror each other, you have to look closely to notice.
Adventureland: Use Yardage
In future blog post I will show you more examples of both jelly roll and yardage Adventureland quilts, but for now enjoy this funky retro-inspired throw and a calming, sophisticated Adventureland quilt inspired by French ribbons. First up is the joyful rainbow throw featuring the most cuddly backing fabric you can imagine.
Lilo of Trace Creek Quilting pieced and longarm quilted it using the panto Modern Rainbow. I personally think "Retro Rainbow" would be more fitting and who doesn't love alliteration, but I still find this design adorable and want it quilted on everything.
If you're antsy to know what that backing fabric is, you might be shocked to learn that it's a blanket Lilo purchased. You can get the exact one here – Fuzzy Honey Gold Backing. She chose not to use batting, but instead opted for a piece of white muslin to act as a buffer between the quilt top and the fuzzy backing. The muslin not only helped stabilize the backing, but also stopped fuzz from being pulled through the quilt top as it was quilted.
If you would like to do something similar on your Adventureland quilt, I suggest either sending it to Lilo since she has a well-tested system OR if you want to quilt it yourself, treat this blanket like you would minky or faux fur and use the tips from this blog post – 4 Tips for Quilting with Minky or Faux Fur.
Lilo used the trimmed scraps from her Adventureland quilt top to make this sweet scrappy binding. I will link to a photo tutorial in the upcoming weeks on how to do that in just a few minutes from your future Adventureland scraps!
This next quilt still uses yardage, but because of the color choices it looks totally different. Kim Vogelsang, the maker, says,
My Adventureland quilt color palette was inspired by French ribbons. The soft muted tones of Tilda’s Chambrays in variegated stripes against the rich texture of Essex linen achieved the look I envisioned. Heather Alexander [the longarm quilter] and I chose the panto Mike’s Swoosh because it mimicked the movement of the pattern. It also reminded me of whirling wind which compliments my backing fabric from Tilda’s Windy Days collection.
I couldn't agree with you more, Kim! This quilt is so lovely in person and full of beautiful textures. I know it's going to get even softer and more cuddly as it gets laundered. You can buy this exact kit at crimsontate.com!
Joanna and I had the pleasure of photographing this quilt at our local conservatory. Even though Joey loved the texture of this quilt, she also, unfortunately, was interested in the texture of the cacti, gravel and every clump of dirt she could find. Oh baby...