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Do you glitter? Or do you glow? Those are the questions to ask yourself with this exciting new quilt pattern. The Glitter & Glow quilt is designed to work with any and all fabric sizes – yardage, fat quarters, scraps, it's up to you!
The basic pattern, Glow, is simple and easy to follow. The Glow quilt is made with yardage of 4 different colors. Purple Passion Glow Baby and Mango Peach Glow Throw show you how dynamic just 4 fabrics can be.
But are you like me and get drawn to shiny things? I can be a bit of a fabric magpie, so to make a Glow quilt Glitter, substitute the yardage with smaller cuts of fabric. This versatile design truly sparkles with your own unique twist!
A Quick Cutting Hack
Before diving into all of the different color variations for this quilt, I want to show you an ingenious cutting hack one of my pattern testers came up with. Caitlyn (you can see her baby quilt below), is one of my oldest friends and so very very clever. She took photos of how she used painter's tape to create guides on her cutting mat. If you were to stack two or three squares in each spot, you could get through all of your cutting in a snap!
Caitlyn, for being so dang smart, I'm going to buy you a new cutting mat. 😉
Purple Passion Glow Baby
Are you ready for some yummy scrummy texture in all the right places? Purple Passion Glow Baby ties in texture at every turn – from fabric to batting and even to the thick, yarn-like thread!
Purple Glow Baby Quilt Fabric
- Color 1: Mariner Cloth in Thistle
- Color 2: Mariner Cloth in Eggplant
- Color 3: I got this stripe years ago from a home dec shop. If you would like something similar, try this.
- Color 4: Illuminated Graph in Metallic Plum
- Backing: Loominous Traffic Cherry
- Batting: Hobbs Wool
- Thread: Sulky 12 wt. in Plum Dandy – Read more about quilting with 12 wt. here!
Mango Peach Glow Throw
I made this Glow Throw to be a true outdoor quilt. To make it extra durable, long lasting, and flexible, I made a few key choices.
- The backing of this quilt is canvas. Canvas is thicker than your typical quilt-weight cotton. This canvas, specifically, is a cotton/linen blend – making it more durable than even just a basic cotton canvas. Read more about sewing with canvas here!
- The batting is actually not batting at all. I wanted this quilt to be thin and drapey so I could easily roll it up and throw it in the back of my car or in a duffle bag, ready for the park. Instead of opting for my typical fluffy white batting, I used a piece of jersey that I still had from making my Bohemian Garden quilt. The cool thing about jersey is that it's typically 60" wide, so 2 yd. gave me the perfect amount.
- The fabric is basic Kona cotton. I like Kona cotton for its huge range of colors, however this fabric is not very soft. Inexpensive, but not soft. I wanted this quilt to look great, but not break the bank. You know when you spend a lot of time and money and TIME on a quilt and you literally can't breathe when you see your friend cuddle under it with a glass of wine in one hand and a cookie in the other? Well, I didn't want to experience that feeling with this quilt. 😉
Here are those chain-pieced rows again...
Mango Peach Glow Throw Quilt Fabric
Creamy Quiet Glitter Throw
The reason this version of the Glitter & Glow quilt is called "Glitter," is because of its scrappy nature. Our previous Glow quilts were made using yardage, but this one focuses mostly on our favorite friends – Fat Quarters! For a short time, you can actually purchase this very kit here!
With 40 wt. Aurifil cotton thread (Muslin #2311), I quilted 1/2" vertical matchstick lines. It took A LOT of time, but added so much beautiful, subtle texture in the end. Very much worth the work.
Are you new to machine quilting, but want to give it a try? Check out this blog post!
Creamy Glitter Throw Quilt Fabric
- Color 1: Kona Bone
- Color 2: 1/2 yd. of each - XOXO in Natural, Sprinkle in Jelly Bracelet, Add It Up in Party Hat, Add It Up in Bone
- Color 3: FQS of each - Essex Yarn-Dyed in Graphite, Sprinkle in Stardust, Netorious in Cloud/Metallic
- Color 4: FQS of each - Dottie in Rosewater, Kona Ice Peach, Netorious in Anna Peach, Add It Up in Taffy
- Binding: Window Dressing in Twig and Coral
- Backing: Essex Yarn Dyed Classic Woven
Glitter & Glow Quilts in the Wild
Once again my amazing pattern testers have created some beautiful quilts! What I love most about these is how different everyone's quilt looks.
Rainbow Swirl Glitter Throw Quilt by Modernly Morgan
Gray Stripe Glitter Throw Quilt by Rachel Thomeczek
I'm sure you're going to want to make this quilt, so Rachel provided the fabrics she used:
Pink and Periwinkle Glitter Throw Quilt by Elizabeth Ray
Elizabeth made such a darling quilt featuring dancing horses, swimming swans, and delicate little flowers. The fabrics include:
"I loved the flexibility and the ability to be scrappy with this quilt. I was able to source the majority from scraps from other quilts and just cut a little and all the Color 1.
I appreciated the repeating pattern as this quilt was the easiest ever for chain piecing rows method. I could always see, double check, I was adding the correct piece because of the clear design and lining up my diamonds.
As always I enjoy the efficiency in Suzy Quilts' patterns and not snowballing with squares - [but instead cutting away the negative space to save fabric and] sew on diagonals."
Yellow Pop Glitter Baby Quilt by Jessica Rush
"I highly encourage quilters to experiment with fat quarters with this pattern. Those bundles are so much fun to buy, but hard to use in many quilt patterns. This would be great for that!"
Minty Fresh Baby Glow Quilt by Susan from Needle and Grain
"I think the tip that helped me the most was to be careful when sewing on the bias because if I went too fast it would get all wonky. I loved testing the pattern though! So fun!"
Purple Pansies Glitter Baby Quilt by Veronika Bush
"I am so excited about this quilt! I told my little girl I’m saving it for her little girl (just 20+ years to go) since I can’t give it away to anyone! I don’t even know if it’s considered a glitter or a scrappy glow!"
"The main fabrics (Color 1 + 2) are Arroyo Essex linen by Cotton + Flax. I used these because I had recently rescued 2 yards of each at a de-stash sale, and they go together so well. The grays are subtly different, so it makes a nice gradient effect. I also used this subdued print because I wanted the diamonds to stand out – I used batiks for most of them, mixing fat quarters from my stash.
This pattern comes together easily, and quickly. It's a satisfying quilt to make, and there are so many design options."