Even though it's currently July rather than May, I could not bring myself to name this design anything other than Maypole. The interweaving ribbons of color remind me of a painting that has hung in my parent's house for the majority of my life.
I spent lots of time staring at that painting because it hung in my childhood bathroom. Whether it be timeouts as a kid (surprise, I was pretty naughty) or curling my hair as a teenager (very similar to the Suzy Quilts & Hair tutorials you've seen on IG), that painting has been hanging quietly in the background.
I wish I had a picture of it, but this video below gives you the idea. Also it's a bit mesmerizing...
If you research the origins of Maypoles, you will find lots of different things — many of them are very old and a bit weird. To me, though, a Maypole is a bunch of ribbons woven together by people having a good time. It's a celebration of color and beauty, and that's exactly how I feel about this Maypole quilt pattern!
Picking Fabric for the Maypole Quilt...
Finding the perfect fabric combination is one of my favorite things about quilting. Quilt patterns can look vastly different based on fabric selection and this Maypole quilt design is no exception.
One sure way to have success when picking fabrics for this quilt is to make it monochromatic. That is just a fancy word for make it with one color. Solids, prints, whatever you prefer, chose various shades of one color and you can't go wrong.
These fabric are 100% organic cotton poplin.
Mint Julep Color Combo:
Creamsicle Color Combo:
Prints & Patterns
Interested in mixing a few prints, patterns or substrates* into your Maypole Quilt? Check out this neutral color palette. A blend of linen, woven cotton and chambray give this simple design tons of texture. Some of the fabrics include:
*If quilting with different substrates is new to you, check out my fun blog series called Quilty Adventure - Sewing with Various Substrates.
Above family photos by Lais Livon.
The quilt below uses:
I mean...she's so cute. It's a real struggle for me not to turn every photoshoot into a Scrappy-shoot.
Machine & Hand Quilting
I used my absolute favorite quilting technique on this Maypole baby quilt – simple machine quilting followed by small finishing touches of hand quilting. This DMC Pearl Cotton Thread No.8 and Gingher scissors are my go-to supplies every time.
Other tools I love include:
Cell Phone Wallpapers Just for Fun 🙂
Save any of these images to your phone and upload them as your phone wallpaper!
Maypole Quilts in the Wild
Some of my very lovely pattern testers have done it again and designed some stunning Maypoles of their own. Each one is so different!
Since seeing this quilt last week I've been trying to convince Meghan of Then Came June to give it to me. Meg, don't you love me at all??
I finally realized it wasn't going happen when she emailed me the fabric names to make it myself. I guess I'll have to go with second best and follow in her footsteps.
Meghan's Maypole Quilt Recipe:
If you look closely you can see the subtle pattern on the white fabric. I love that small touch which brings such great texture to the otherwise solid color design.
Can you believe how different this pattern looks with all prints? It's so cozy I think it needs to be cuddled immediately. :)
Brooke is one of my longtime pattern testers and I know I can always count on her to make something beautiful. Her latest email with this photo cracked me up so much I just have to copy and paste. Forgive me, Brooke. hahahaha
Ugh, my deck is so janky. I had to touch up the bruises on their shins soooo muchhhhhhhh...not sure if little girl feet/monster tomato plant is the vibe you're going for here 🙂
Brooke, it most definitely is the vibe I am going for.
As I am posting this, Leah is helping me finalize the queen quilt math. No matter how much I plan (well...let's be real. I'm not a huge planner) there's always a lot of last minute stuff to do the night before a pattern release.
To give you a visual, I have eaten every single meal in front of my computer today – including the frozen DiGiorno I am eating right now.