In the Sky Quilt Pattern

In the Sky Quilt by Megan Collins. Pattern available in PDF format  here.

In the Sky Quilt by Megan Collins. Pattern available in PDF format here.

It’s pattern release day! I’ve been thinking and working on this design for a long time, and I’m so excited it’s finally ready to share!

While designing this block I wanted to mix the sharp points of a classic flying geese block with a softer look.  The block ended up with a gentle curve and a clean and simple look.  Changing the layout can turn these blocks into wings, bows, or hourglasses.  The quilt block is primarily paper pieced, with a template for the curved end of the block.

The quilt block itself reminds me of birds.  And apple pie.   The song “High Hopes” by Frank Sinatra constantly played in my head while I was working on this design.  The song is about an ant and goes like this;

“He’s got high hopes, he’s got high hopes

He’s got high apple pie, in the sky hopes

…So any time you’re gettin’ low

‘Stead of letting go

Just remember that ant

Oops, there goes another rubber tree plant

Oops, there goes another rubber tree plant…”

Apparently there’s also a current song on the radio called ‘High Hopes’. My oldest son thinks that’s the song I’m singing. And although it’s catchy too, it’s no rubber tree plant…; )

Baby size In the Sky quilt.

Baby size In the Sky quilt.

The more muted color scheme of my first In the Sky Quilt came about by accident.  I had gone to Quilt Festival in Houston (I’m lucky enough to live nearby) and bought pretty fabric.  None of the fabric was intended to be used together, but when we got home I put the fabric on the desk, and then life got busy.  I didn’t do much sewing for a few weeks after that, but every time I walked in the room, I saw those fabrics together.  It was clearly meant to be.  The original layout of the In the Sky quilt also turned out to be a fun opportunity to try new-to-me quilting!

Full view of In the Sky Quilt. Piecing and quilting by Megan Collins.

Full view of In the Sky Quilt. Piecing and quilting by Megan Collins.

The In the Sky baby quilt finishes at 40” x 52”.  I changed the layout for this one to make these blocks look more like wings.  Leah Duncan is one of my favorite fabric designers, and this line of ‘No Place Like Home’ fabric was whimsical and fun in this quilt.  The pattern includes material requirements for baby, throw, twin, queen, and king size quilts.

Baby size In the Sky Quilt using Leah Duncan fabric.

Baby size In the Sky Quilt using Leah Duncan fabric.

I had some wonderful pattern testers for this quilt!  I believe a quilt pattern should be a starting point for making a quilt your own.  And I loved that so many of my pattern testers used alternate layouts or changed up the background of their quilts.  If you are looking for inspiration for your own version, definitely check out #intheskyquilt to see what these marvelous quilters came up with! And if you’re interested in making your own In the Sky quilt, the pattern is available here in a digital PDF format. 

Technical editing and layout of this pattern were done by Gwen Ripley. You can contact Gwen through her website.