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?
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.
Now that math wasn't so hard! I may have been a little dramatic with the trigger warning 😉
These example photos are brought to you by Nicki of Woven & Woolly.
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!
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!
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!
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??
Reflections Quilts in the Wild
Pretty in Pink Baby Reflections by Homemade Emily Jane
Tropical Reflections Wall Hanging by Modernly Morgan
Modern Magenta Reflections Quilt by Sarah Holst
Pom Pom Baby Reflections Quilt by Caitlyn Williams
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.