The Lovebird Quilt Pattern is finally here!
There were moments when I thought it was never going to happen, but we made it! And I’m pleased. Yep. ‘Pleased’ is the best way to describe how I feel about this latest release. I’m pleased I made it to the end. I’m pleased my pattern portfolio is growing (albeit slowly). I’m pleased that I’ve added another notch to my ‘designer’ belt. (And my husband’s probably pleased the pattern has been released because yesterday I cleaned the house.)
The design came about while I was researching ideas for the release of the Tilda fabric collection, Harvest. Even though it was inspired by the feathers of a bird, it really looks like offset hearts, and this is what most people see when they look at it, so I felt ‘Lovebird’ was an appropriate name because it touches on both aspects.
Lovebird is a foundation paper pieced design, but don’t let that put you off as it’s quite a simple pattern. I would even go as far as saying that if you’ve never foundation paper pieced before, this might be a good one to start with – just ask one of my pattern testers, Lea, whose work you can see on Instagram @lealahbowerbird. Not only had Lea never foundation paper pieced before, but she had never even quilted before! It’s because of Lea that I decided to class this pattern as for the adventurous beginner quilter.
Because I have an aversion to reinventing the wheel (ain’t nobody got time fo’ dat!), this pattern does not include instructions on how to Foundation Paper Piece. But there are about a gazillion tutorials out there on the interweb, so just plug those three little letters into Google and you’ll be stitching in no time!
Lovebird is a very versatile pattern that works well with both modern and traditional or classic styles. Head to your fabric scrap bin for the scrappy version (or cut into that fat quarter bundle you’ve been busting to use, like in the Tilda Harvest version above), or curate a small collection of your favourite prints for the solid hearts version. I LOVE this Carolyn Friedlander version below – it really highlights the modern prints of the fabric, but still has a pretty and soft feel to it.
What’s included in the Lovebird Quilt pattern
One thing I strive for with all my patterns is to provide you with value for money, both with what is included in the pattern and also with the quality of the product you receive.
The Lovebird Quilt pattern includes:
- Templates for both solid and scrappy versions
- BONUS mini size solid and scrappy templates for all the mini quilt enthusiasts out there (the image below shows a mini quilt I made using this template in Art Gallery Fabric’s Joyful Fusion collection).
- Fabric requirements and cutting and piecing instructions for two quilt sizes, large throw (57″x64″) and cot (40″x50″).
- 18 pages of detailed instructions, illustrations and templates.
And all this is wrapped up in my new pattern layout!
It really goes without saying, but if you happen to make the Lovebird Quilt, I want to see it! Remember to tag me in your Insta-photos, and use the hashtags #wifemadelovebirdquilt and #lovebirdquilt so that I, and others who might be looking for quilty inspiration, can easily find you.