The Sugar POP quilt pattern is now available! Join in on the crazy quilt pattern sale that is sweeping SQ Nation!!
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
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!