The Reflections Quilt Pattern: A Modern Strip Quilt

The Reflections quilt pattern is a beginner-friendly modern design that includes king, queen, full, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes.

Over a year and a half after its inception, the Reflections quilt pattern is now available for instant PDF download!

The Reflections Wall Hanging & Pillow Extension pattern is also available. Shop here!

I hold this quilt very dear to my heart. What started as hand quilting therapy to get through a miscarriage, ended with a birth announcement 8 months later. Thousands of stitches sewn through tears of pain and then tears of joy will never be forgotten.

I love feeling its texture and reflecting on my battle wounds, scars and triumphs. My hope is that no matter what fabrics you choose or how you quilt it, the Reflections pattern will give you reason to slow down and take a moment of calm, conscious reflection, whatever that means in your life.

Not only does this quilt cause me to reflect internally, it's also a clean, symmetrical design that reflects upon itself. A double meaning – how exciting!

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Alternative Trimming Method for the Reflections Quilt

Trigger Warning: If math throws you back to a dark time sitting in the middle of 10th grade geometry looking at a whiteboard full of triangles while a buzzing sound in your ears grows louder and louder and a hopeless pit in your stomach feels heavier and heavier, I encourage you to skip this section and follow the illustrations in the pattern.

Now that our numbers have dwindled, nerds, you with me?

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The Reflections quilt is very simple in that it is made up of four identical isosceles triangles. Once these triangles are trimmed, the height and half of the base length should be the same.

The pattern instructions show you how to trim the blocks by lining up the 45-degree guideline on your ruler and cutting each side separately. However, if you are worried about wavy sides or blocks not being identical, the alternative trimming method is to fold each block in half as seen below. Measure the height, then trim the base to be the same as the height.

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Now that math wasn't so hard! I may have been a little dramatic with the trigger warning πŸ˜‰

These example photos are brought to you by Nicki of Woven & Woolly.

The Reflections quilt pattern is a beginner-friendly modern design that includes king, queen, full, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes.

Line Up Those seams

If you're a stickler for lining up your seams (you're a quilter, so I'm assuming you are a little bit) be sure to read this blog post on glue basting. A couple dots of liquid glue can make all the difference if your pins aren't cutting it. A Complete Guide to Glue Basting Seams.


Sage Floral Throw Reflections Quilt

Even though I originally designed the Reflections quilt with the intention of loading up each strip with hand quilting, that's not at all necessary. These wider strips are also a great opportunity to showcase a beautiful print or a time to practice your machine quilting skills!

If quilting is completely not your jam, a longarm quilter could work beautiful magic too. Check out my posts on Hiring a Longarm Quilter and also a list of Longarm Quilters in the USA and Canada.

The Reflections quilt pattern is a beginner-friendly modern design that includes king, queen, full, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes.
The Reflections quilt pattern is a beginner-friendly modern design that includes king, queen, full, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes.
How to hand quilt in 3 easy steps! In this blog and video tutorial I'll list out all of the supplies you need and show you how simple hand quilting can be.

This quilt uses a couple shades of one of my favorite colors – light sage. The solid cream fabric is from Birch Fabrics and the gray and white stripe is a cut up IKEA duvet! That luscious Nani Iro Fuccra double gauze backing is a splurge, but completely worth it – especially when paired with bamboo batting and hand quilting. Lawd have MERCY is this quilt cuddly! 

The Reflections quilt pattern is a beginner-friendly modern design that includes king, queen, full, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes.

Black & White Lux Baby Quilt

Inspired by the two beautiful metallic fabrics I chose for this lux black and white baby quilt, I decided to attempt free motion quilting with 12 wt. thread. I have quilted with 12 wt. thread before, but only straight line quilting. Read more  - 5 Secrets to Machine Quilting with 12 wt. Thread.

The first 30 minutes were a blast! The stitching was looking great, my Bernina Stitch Regulator was keeping my stitches at a perfect size 3 and I was feeling very confident. Then, my top thread broke. Then broke again...and again...and again. It was getting to the point that I could only sew 5 inches before my thread would break. 

I tried changing my needle, cleaning my machine, switching to a different bobbin thread. I think I tried everything! I don't know what happened! The only thing I can think is my Bernina did not like free motion quilting with 12 wt. Aurifil. Previously I used 12 wt. Sulky with no issues. 

I still need to run more tests before drawing a conclusion, but that's my hypothesis. Have you free motion quilted with 12 wt. thread? If so, tell me your secrets!

The Reflections quilt pattern is a beginner-friendly modern design that includes king, queen, full, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes. This is a fast and fun baby quilt pattern that plays on symmetry and high contrast!
The Reflections quilt pattern is a beginner-friendly modern design that includes king, queen, full, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes. This is a fast and fun baby quilt pattern that plays on symmetry and high contrast!
The Reflections quilt pattern is a beginner-friendly modern design that includes king, queen, full, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes. This is a fast and fun baby quilt pattern that plays on symmetry and high contrast!
The Reflections quilt pattern is a beginner-friendly modern design that includes king, queen, full, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes. This is a fast and fun baby quilt pattern that plays on symmetry and high contrast!
The Reflections quilt pattern is a beginner-friendly modern design that includes king, queen, full, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes. This is a fast and fun baby quilt pattern that plays on symmetry and high contrast!

Red, White & Blue Reflections Pillow

Because mom life is what it is, and I've been battling with some postpartum insomnia, I wasn't able to get the Reflections Extension pattern fine-tuned to the point where I feel comfortable releasing it at the same time as the pattern. However, it is finished, and simply in the double-checking process.

The Reflections Extension pattern will include fabric requirements and instructions for a 30" wall hanging and a 18" pillow. Here are a few pics of my patriotic pillow! Isn't that Carolyn Friedlander Harriet print amazing??

The Reflections quilt pattern is a beginner-friendly modern design that includes king, queen, full, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes. The Extension pattern includes a 30" wall hanging and a 18" pillow.
The Reflections quilt pattern is a beginner-friendly modern design that includes king, queen, full, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes. The Extension pattern includes a 30" wall hanging and a 18" pillow.

Reflections Quilts in the Wild

Pretty in Pink Baby Reflections by Homemade Emily Jane

The Reflections quilt pattern is a beginner-friendly modern design that includes king, queen, full, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes.

Tropical Reflections Wall Hanging by Modernly Morgan

The Reflections quilt pattern is a beginner-friendly modern design that includes king, queen, full, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes.

Modern Magenta Reflections Quilt by Sarah Holst

The Reflections quilt pattern is a beginner-friendly modern design that includes king, queen, full, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes.

Pom Pom Baby Reflections Quilt by Caitlyn Williams

The Reflections quilt pattern is a beginner-friendly modern design that includes king, queen, full, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes.

Red Power POP Reflections Throw Quilt by Coby Hobbs

Coby's fabrics include: Prima homespun in pearl, shot cotton in charcoal, spotlight monotone houndstooth and spotlight monotone red spot blender. The backing is a check flannel and the hand quilting is with DMC variegated red color 115 size 8.

The Reflections quilt pattern is a beginner-friendly modern design that includes king, queen, full, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes.
The Reflections quilt pattern is a beginner-friendly modern design that includes king, queen, full, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes.

Black and White Reflections Wall Hanging by Dash Masland

The Reflections quilt pattern is a beginner-friendly modern design that includes king, queen, full, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes.

Blue and Green Reflections Wall Hanging by Nicole Wiles

The Reflections quilt pattern is a beginner-friendly modern design that includes king, queen, full, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes.

28 thoughts on “The Reflections Quilt Pattern: A Modern Strip Quilt

  1. Dianne says:

    Do you have any product information on the powder that’s used for basting your quilt layers together? I’ve heard it truly is like powder and you sprinkle it on the desired area and iron (up and down, not moving the iron in a sliding motion) and it works just like the spray baste without the fumes. I don’t know the name of the product or anything else. Thank you!

  2. JANET LANGE says:

    Suzy, if I purchase this quilt pattern will I get the extension later or should I wait to purchase it when the extension comes out?

  3. Jules says:

    Yeppers… totally want this with a stripe and those mitered corners! Love to do that! β™₯
    Very fun looking pattern!

  4. Pam Landolt says:

    What a beautiful pattern! After reading how it came about I just wouldn’t feel right about machine quilting it, but maybe……
    I would love to make this and am thinking of all the possibilities of fabrics. I also love math (nerd here). Thanks for putting this one out for us Suzy. BTW Your little Desi is just precious!! I love seeing your stories on IG with him and Scrap.

  5. Jill Davis says:

    Wow! Usually when you release a pattern I’m partial to this one or that one but I am in love with every single one of these color ways! They all look fabulous and I can’t wait to get my grabby little hands on this pattern. Take care of you.

  6. JANET LANGE says:

    Suzy, I am very excited to buy your new quilt pattern. I love it! I make throw size baby quilts for all my grandchildren and nieces and nephews, and there have been a lot of those in the past several years! I let the moms pick out the patterns and fabric, but I always encourage them to look at yours, and several of them have picked your patterns. This time, I am buying a pattern with no plans for who will get it or when or what fabric will be used. It is a very small way to say thank you, Suzy, for your great blog, your fun videos and posts, and all your quilting advice. Thank you for sharing your life with your readers and for being real. I hope that your insomnia ends soon. I’ve suffered from it, but never to the extent you have, and so I am very sympathetic.

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      Thank you so much, Janet! This phase of insomnia has been really tough, but one thing I remember every morning when I pull myself out of bed (after much complaining, of course), is that I’m tougher. πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoy the Reflections quilt pattern and I look forward to seeing pictures!

    • Nanci says:

      Hi Suzy, iam loving your reflections quilt pattern & would love to make a baby quilt. I purchased the pattern, but…. cannot download without my computer. We are traveling in a motor home – iPhone only!
      Is there a way to send a pdf to my email? Thanks

  7. Karen says:

    Suzy
    I had the same issue with one of my spo0ls of Aurifil thread. I was halfway through the spool and it kept breaking. Did everything you did but put in a new Aurifil spool and it didn’t happen. I figured out it was a defective spool for some reason. Frustrating for sure

  8. Maddie says:

    I completely relate to your story of why this quilt is so meaningful to you. Quilting really is healing. Thank you for your opennessβ€” it brings us all together!

  9. Jill P Davis says:

    Hi Suzy! I am beginning to trim my first block. I lined up my 45 degree line on piece F and cut partway up as far as my ruler would go. Then I adjusted but when I got to the top triangle, the top triangle was too short. Should I be using the top triangle as my cutting line? Or could I make the top triangle a little bit bigger? I double checked all my measurements and they are all correct. I posted this on Facebook and got a couple of ideas but I’m not sure which way to go. Thanks for the help!

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