The Sugar POP quilt pattern is now available! Join in on the crazy quilt pattern sale that is sweeping SQ Nation!! Currently quilt patterns are 30% off and Sugar POP will slide in at 20% off. Wahoo!! Hit play on your favorite holiday hits playlist and shop, shop SHOP!
The Sugar POP quilt pattern is a cousin to the Maypole pattern in that it builds from foundational triangles using strips. There are, however, a few key differences that make this pattern really special:
- The base triangles are NOT cut on the bias. Sugar POP cuts these base triangles in such a way so that the foundation of the quilt is build on the grain of the fabric, rather than on a stretchy bias edge. This one simple thing will prevent warping and inaccuracies.
- It's symmetrical. Part of Maypole's appeal is that it looks like various ribbons being woven together. Sugar POP, on the other hand, creates a bold, retro-like look by leaning into strong lines and total symmetry.
- Play up that gradient! Because the strips are all the same width and the layout is symmetrical, you can play with different gradient effects through color and pattern scale.
- There's a pillow! A Maypole pillow pattern is in the works, but until then, use your scraps to create a chic 18" square Sugar POP pillow. This 18" square also makes a beautiful wall hanging. Click here for a full quilted pillow with zipper tutorial.
Just like the Maypole pattern, though, Sugar POP really does make the BEST baby quilt. It's fast, it's fun and it looks different every time. I actually enjoy making this quilt more every time I do it – and I've now done it four times!
And if you're wondering way I shout every time I say the POP, it's because I think of this pattern as being a sweet treat with a retro POP! So make sure you're shouting POP too.
Sugar POP Baby Quilts
I made these two baby quilts for cousins arriving this winter. Even though I didn't use the same color scheme, these coordinating quilts still look so good together. I'm hoping for many sweet baby photoshoots in the future.
Both of these baby quilts were made using fabric from my stash. I'm going to try my best to tag the fabric, but some of it is a little old so unfortunately it may be hard to find the exact print.
Orange & Blue Baby Quilt
Burnt Sienna Baby Quilt
- XOXO Natural
- Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Olive
- Indah Batiks 114 134-Parchment
- (similar) Cream Stripe
- Lambkin Little Entomologist
- Kona Brown
- Moonrise Meadow Earth
- Essex yard Dyed in Flax
- Backing: Kaufman Mammoth Flannel Plaid in Rust
The Sugar POP Quilt Pattern is PERFECT for Hand Quilting
Technically I could say that about most of my quilt patterns (because most quilts just look great hand quilted), but this pattern specifically lends itself to hand quilting. Even though I really didn't have time to hand quilt – with the pattern release and holidays all colliding, but I still couldn't help myself. They were both screaming at me to be hand quilted.
I mean...we had the first snowfall in Chicago. How could I resist?
I used my classic technique on both of my throw quilts by machine quilting in the ditch (or slightly off the ditch) and hand quilting extra areas for added texture and decoration. Check out my hand quilting video tutorial here!
The icy blue gradient Sugar POP seen here uses low-loft Quilters Dream bamboo batting. You can see that it has a very different effect than the mauve gradient Sugar POP quilt. That quilt incorporates much more hand quilting as well as high-loft Quilters Dream wool batting.
And just in case you wanted to see a very pregnant quilter try to fight the wind and freezing rain for the sake of a quilt photo...
Icy Blue Gradient Throw Quilt
See that wonderful puffy texture? That's the wool batting doing it's lovely wooly thing. You can get a great puffy texture even if you choose to do machine quilting, however, the puff is extra pronounced and cuddly if mixed with hand quilting.
Mauve Pink Gradient Throw Quilt
This quilt uses mostly Cotton Couture fabrics by Michael Miller. These fabrics have a beautiful, tight weave that is creamier than Kona cotton, but thicker than Birch Fabrics poplin. I have nothing but great things to say about this fabric, however (and this is a big one) you can't buy these colors until mid February 2019. I know...major bummer. Here's a full list of all of the new colors. I will list the actual colors used and try to match these with colors you can purchase now.
- Color 1: Cotton Couture Moon (Kona Snow)
- Color 2: Cotton Couture Quartz (Kona Dusty Peach)
- Color 3: Cotton Couture Cameo (This color is incredibly unique in that it is basically a desaturated dusty rose. The closest I could get is Cotton Supreme Flamingo)
- Color 4: Kokka floral (I'm so sorry I don't know where to get this!)
- Color 5: Cotton Couture Adobe (Kona Rose)
- Color 6: Cotton Couture Aubergine (Kona Plum)
- Color 7: Cotton Couture Currant (Kona Crimson)
- Backing: Kaufman Chambray Dots Burgundy
Sugar POP Quilts in the Wild
1980s Sugar POP Baby Quilt by Modernly Morgan
Fabrics are Kim Kight's Snap to Grid collection for Cotton + Steel and I made the baby size Sugar POP. They're pretty funky prints but I'm loving the 80's vibe it gives off!
32 thoughts on “Sugar POP Quilt Pattern”
You are winning me over to modern quilt designs with your gorgeous work and effervescent attitude toward everything! So glad I found your website.
You’re so sweet! Thank you 🙂
Hello! Love your quilts! When does the sale end? Thank you!
This sale will run all week and most likely end on Friday.
Thank you so much! By any chance are you able to post/identify the Cotton Couture colors you used in the ombré-like Nordic Triangles quilt that you made? Thanks!!
The shades of pink are the same as I used here and the blue are new fabrics that will come out in February as well. Once those fabrics become available, I’ll post links to all of them.
Очень красиво! Вы – большой молодец! Спасибо за усладу для глаз…
Beautiful quilts. I’m loving this new pattern. You say you’re “very” pregnant….that’s what you think now. Just wait!
Following you on IG. So funny! 😘
Going to check all your yummy stuff here!! Dang it, I DID swipe!! 🤣🤣🤣
Love, love, love this quilt! I would love to make it as a queen -size quilt as a gift for my daughter’s wedding. I’m not sure how to make the pattern adjustments. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
The original version of this pattern included a queen size, but because the quilt builds on base triangles it was either going to be incredibly difficult to navigate the bias edges OR it was going to take lots and lots of fabric to cut the triangles in such a way that the base of each was on grain. In the end I chopped the queen size. However, if you like this style, the Maypole pattern is similar and includes instructions for a queen.
#quiltgoals You always deliver the best patterns! And let’s just say your pattern testers are taking a run at you…they all did such beautiful work. I love that you showcase their work as well. Makes me think of different color combos
So – I have all the fabric pulled for this quilt – but two of the fabrics are fat quarters – so I would have to piece a total of 4 of the strips with an angled seam. This is OK, yes? As long as I don’t point it out to everyone that walks by? I’m trying to use up my stash and I have a GORGEOUS color combo. I love all of your patterns!
Unless the fabric pattern is really big, I bet the seam won’t be obvious at all.
Do you have this pattern for a twin? I love it so much!!
Since this design is a square, it doesn’t naturally work as a twin. You can, however make it into a twin by adding borders to to the Throw size.
Hi Suzy, I bought the Sugar Pop quilt, is there any instructions on how I can make it a queen size?
Hey Terrie, I originally wrote instructions for a queen size, but decided not to include them in the pattern because of bowing issues I was having with the base triangles. In the end I decided it would become frustrating to make. If you like this look, the Maypole quilt is similar and includes instructions for a queen.
I’m currently working through my second baby Sugar Pop. I absolutely loved the result of the first and enjoying the second so far. My only question is – when I’m trimming the strips after quilting, I feel like I’m cutting off a lot of excess. I’m trimming piece k and taking almost 5 inches off! Is this correct or have I done something wrong? This happened the first time too.
I’m so glad you’re enjoying the pattern! There should be at least a couple inches of excess for trimming because while testing this pattern with different quilters who had various ranges of skill, I noticed that newbie quilters struggled with their fabric warping and needed extra wiggle room. Five inches on piece K is too much, though. Is that the only piece that’s a bit large? Is it possible you’re cutting it a bit longer?
I don’t think the piece is longer than the measurements on the pattern. All seemed at least 3 inches extra. For k, the “long end” on the 45 was definitely 5 inches long!
The end result is still fantastic and the base triangles still measure up!
This pattern is a nice quick weekend project (in the baby size). I’m finally getting around the finishing the quilting now. Super excited to gift a “sister pair” using the same fabrics in a different stripe combination.
This quilt is beautiful in every variation that’s shown! I am especially interested in creating my own version of the Burnt Siena baby quilt and was wondering if you could give me any more information on the cream stripe fabric that was used. I
Thank you! That stripe is by Riley Blake and I prob got it from fabric.com.
I’m wondering what the width of the strips are for this particular pattern. Could jelly rolls be used or are those cut too narrow?
A Jelly roll could work for the baby and pillow size. 🙂
Does that mean that the width of the strips of a jelly roll are OK, but that I would need 2 or more jelly rolls to make the throw size quilt? Thanks for taking the time to respond. Love this particular pattern.
One jelly roll would work, but you would need some background fabric too. 🙂
Hi, how quick is this quilt to make? I am a beginner and don’t want to get in over my head. Would this be a good one to try or the Maypole? Thank you, Sarah
Maypole would be a bit easier to make because your base triangles are smaller, which means your bias edges are shorter (less stretch). It’s really quick too!
Thank you Suzy, I’ll let you know how I go!
I just finished the blocks for Sugar Pop in Mauve Pink Gradient. I think I may have mixed up the Quartz and the Cameo, but neither of them looks like Color #2 in your quilt, which appears to be a pale pink. Anyway, I’m not exactly happy with the outcome, but have too much time and $$ invested to not finish. It’s a lovely pattern, and although a little over my head, I’m glad I tried it. Thank you for your wonderful patterns, tutorials, and tips. I enjoy every email.