This is the second design in a series of four quilts that represent the four seasons in a year, as well as seasons in our lives. Each pattern focuses on a sewing skill along with a general life meditation.
The primary skill involved in making the Thrive quilt is sewing blocks on point. Quilt blocks are "on point" when they are turned 45° and assembled into diagonal rows. Setting triangles are used at the ends of the rows to square off the sides of the quilt.
Although the blocks in the Thrive quilt are very simple, the setting triangles include bias edges. Bias edges can be stretchy and need to be handled gently so they don't distort. Because of this added bias element, the Thrive pattern is labeled as Moderate instead of Easy. I suggest you have a basic understanding of quilting before making this quilt.
Note: The setting triangles are slightly larger than needed so you have wiggle room to trim. This is incredibly helpful in getting your finished points too look sharp even if some of your bias edges get wonky.
Building on the skills used in making the Grow pattern, we cut and sew some pieces on grain and some on the bias. For our meditation, consider the events in your life that have felt challenging and how, even if in a small way, you didn’t just survive those struggles, but chose to thrive!
If you are interested in making this quilt, and possibly adding some meditation to your sewing practice, I encourage you to join me in the Thrive sew along starting July 1, 2020! Take a look at the Sew Along tab to see past sew alongs. This is a great way to get inspiration from the online sewing community and stay accountable so that after the sew along you have a finished quilt top!
Featured above is the Nordic Triangles quilt and the Thrive quilt.
Included in the Thrive Quilt Pattern
So what's included in this instant PDF download?
- Fabric requirements, cutting instructions (including cutting diagrams), block assembly instructions and illustrations, and complete quilt top assembly instructions and illustrations
- Links to helpful blog posts on how to baste, machine quilt, and finish a quilt with binding
- A pressing diagram if you like to press your seams to the side
- A coloring page so you can try out different colors and placements
- 12 different colorway mockups to spark your creativity!
Read about this design wall and others in the post – How to Make a Quilt Design Wall.
Moody Neutrals Thrive Throw Quilt Fabric
Cottoneer is currently collecting names for a waitlist to get this quilt kit after the first round of kits sold out.
- 2 yards Background Peppered Cotton in White Sugar
- 1/2 yard Cotton Couture in Antique (binding)
- 1/2 yard Cotton Couture in Amber (diamond accents)
- FQ Cotton Couture in Antique
- FQ Cotton Couture in Aulait
- FQ Cotton Couture in Cappuccino
- FQ Cotton Couture in Wedgewood
- FQ AGF Pure in Mink
- FQ Cotton Couture in Cloud
- FQ Cotton Couture in Cameo
- FQ Cotton Couture in Teal
- FQ Cotton Couture in Ozone
Cool Blue Thrive Throw Quilt by Saija
Liberty of London Thrive Throw Quilt
I partnered with a lovely Michigan-based online shop, DuckaDilly, to bring you this quilt kit. DuckaDilly exclusively sells Liberty of London fabrics. One question you may have is, "What makes Liberty fabric so special?" Or, more to the point, "Why is Liberty fabric so expensive?"
I cover this along with sewing tips in the blog post – A Quilty Adventure: How to Sew with Lawn. Liberty fabric is printed on Tana lawn. Tana Lawn is specific to Liberty of London fabric not because it is a different kind of lawn, but because of where the cotton was originally grown.
In 1875 the founder, Arthur Liberty, tried to find ultra-fine long-staple cotton fiber that could be spun much finer than normal cotton. He found such raw cotton growing around Lake Tana in East Africa – hence the name. This special cotton makes very silky soft fabric. Once you feel it, you'll know what I'm talking about.
The STUNNING longarm quilting was done by the talented Lilo, of Trace Creek Quilting, based in St. Louis, Missouri. What I love about working with Lilo is that in addition to a wide variety of quilting patterns on her website, she is also willing to stitch any quilting pattern you can find.
She did not originally have this loopy pano pattern on her site, but I asked her if she could do it anyway. Only a week later she was shipping this quilt back to me EXACTLY how I hoped it would turn out. Yay, Lilo!!
Liberty of London Thrive Baby Quilt
Below you can see the individual blocks. They are made using simple squares and rectangles, and great for a beginner. The only tricky part of constructing this quilt is matching the seams and sewing the setting triangles.
Isn't that backing fabric so pretty?? I love this line by Emma Hill! This quilt was also longarm quilted by Lilo, of Trace Creek Quilting.
Dreamy Floral Thrive Throw Quilt
This warm, dreamy quilt was made by Lydia Nicholson, one of the regular contributors here at SQ. This quilt kit is currently sold out, but you can join a waitlist at Cottoneer for an update on when it will be back. The fabric includes:
- 2 yards Background Cotton Couture Aulait Background
- 1 yard Cotton Couture in Currant (binding & diamond accents)
- FQ Cotton Couture in Honey
- FQ Cotton Couture in Adobe
- FQ Cotton Couture in Geranium
- FQ Cotton Couture in Amber
- FQ Lillian’s Secret Garden | Her and History by Bonnie Christine
- FQ Calico Days in Lavender | Spirited by Sharon Holland
- FQ Ida’s Pressed Flowers | Her and History by Bonnie Christine
- FQ Wooly in Blush | Lambkin by Bonnie Christine
- FQ Bowties in Gray | Flower Shop by Alexia Marcelle Abegg
Isn't her little baby girl the cutest??
Critters & Crudités Thrive Throw Quilt by Coby
Garden Thrive Throw Quilt
The fabric includes:
- FQ Mahogany Blocks
- FQ Ochre| Moonlit Voyage by Amy Van Luijk
- FQ Pink| Moonlit Voyage by Amy Van Luijk
- FQ Trouvaille Routes in Sun |Indie Boheme by Pat Bravo
- FQ Wildflower Field in Cream| Meadow by Rifle Paper Co
- FQ Evelyn’s Green Thumb| Her and History by Bonnie Christine
- FQ Maybelle’s Stitches| Her and History by Bonnie Christine
- FQ Decostitch in Café Latte| AGF Studio
- FQ Moss| Peppered Cotton
- 1/2 Yard Speckled Metallic in Earth| Speckled by Rashida Coleman-Hale
- 2 Yards Bleached White PFD| Moda Bella Solids
Clementine Thrive Throw Quilt
This bright and happy quilt was made by Nicole of Finch Sewing Studio. Check their online shop as they continue to curate and add more Thrive kits!
This quilt is made with fat quarters from the Clementine line by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society.
Supernova Thrive Throw Quilt by Sarah
Be Chartreu-To-Yourself Thrive Throw Quilt by Caitlyn
This quilt was also longarm quilted by Lilo, of Trace Creek Quilting.
Rainbow Thrive Twin Quilt by Veronika
Veronika used Matchmade fabric by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabric plus some coordinating AGF solids.
Summer Fun Thrive Throw by Jennifer
Jennifer pieced this throw quilt with the Summer Side fabric line by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics. Debbie, of Sweet Little Quilts did the longarm quilting.
Ombre Thrive Throw Quilt by Jessica
Jessica used all Cotton Couture solids by Michael Miller except for a Mauve (in the middle of the quilt) by Moda Bella. The longarm quilting was done by Lilo, of Trace Creek Quilting.
Summer Sage Thrive Throw Quilt by Claire
Claire used a mix of Mayfair, Spirited and Ballerina Fusion fabrics from AGF.