The Leilani Quilt Pattern: retro but modern!

The Leilani Quilt Pattern: retro but modern!

The Leilani quilt pattern is here! Finally! Finally! It’s here (if you’re in the EU)! It’s here (for everyone else)! Yep, you heard it here first, folks, the Leilani quilt pattern is now available for download in the Wife-made shop.

Inspired by the beautiful tiled splash-backs that grace many a 70s abode, the Leilani quilt pattern is actually a pattern that lends itself to whatever style you want to make of it. Vintage? Umm, totally. Modern? Absolutely. AND with a special nod to retro. Pretty? Easy peasy! Minimalist? Can do! Yep, Leilani is an all-round style workhorse, which wasn’t what I intended when I first started out, but I can say, with full conviction, that I am definitely NOT NOT happy about it! 😉

Wife-made pattern style…

If you’ve been following along on the Wife-made journey for a while, you may have started to notice that I have a bit of a soft spot for patterns that doesn’t involve typical construction. But that’s because I am ALL about the design. When I’m writing a pattern I’m constantly thinking about the best way to put something together. Not the fastest way. And not necessarily the easiest way either (hello curves!). Because sometimes the easiest way isn’t the best way. I try to focus on finding the way that will look the best at the end, when the finished product is in your hands, as well as ensuring the creative process is enjoyable! It has to be fun to make, it can’t be a monotonous process, and it has to look good! Both my previous quilt patterns, Lovebird and Palma, are perfect examples of this, and Leilani follows suit.

So what’s so special about the Leilani quilt pattern, you ask?

  • Curves, for a start. I LOVE curves in quilts. But if you’ve never sewn curves before, don’t let that stop you from trying Leilani, because I will be writing a post on how to piece accurate curved blocks for the Leilani quilt pattern soon!
  • An off-set pattern. Visually, I think an off-set design totally trumps a ‘straight on top of each other’ design. It creates direction and helps the eye move around the quilt.
  • The pattern includes baby, cot, throw, twin and double sizes, AND the flower motif can easily be made into a cushion, as you can see above!
  • Opportunity to feature details like hand-quilting and a tied finish. Or pom-poms! Because we all need more pom-poms in our life, right?!

Let’s talk about the Wife-made versions

This Winter I’ve definitely gone over to the dark side – when it comes to fabric at least! I have made two quilts this season that feature navy and I am not mad about it. Usually I tend towards to the less saturated tones, but I have really loved working with a deeper palette.

For the cover version of the Leilani pattern I used a number of solids from Spotlight. (I’m leaning more towards solids at the moment. Not sure if I’ll stay there for long, but I’m enjoying it at the moment…) I’d like to particularly mention the pink I used in the stamens – it’s an organic Japanese cotton and boy oh boy is it soft and snuggly! It has a very tight, fine weave, and definitely lives up to my expectations of Japanese fabric.

Detailed finishes

As is pretty usual with my pieces I have finished the quilt with some big stitch hand-quilting, but I just felt it needed something extra… so I used a traditional quilt tying method to mimic the stamens in the centre of each flower. I love those fluffy little stamens! Stay tuned for how I did mine!

Wife-made Leilani Quilt Pattern

After working in a darker palette for quite a while I clearly needed a lighter fix… These cushions were thrown together using leftover fabric I had in my stash (oh those random polka dots, I love them so!). And, don’t you love it when you create something you love by using up what you already had?

Wanna know another thing I love? A pattern you can have a bit of fun with, and which introduces you to different elements you may not have considered or tried before! I’m specifically referring to the ties and pom-pom additions to the finished Leilani quilt and cushions. I mean, what little girl doesn’t want a cushion with a pom-pom on it?? Or boy, for that matter?? And can someone tell me why I feel like the pom-pom might even ‘toot’ if I give it a squeeze…?

Wife-made Leilani Quilt Pattern
Wife-made Leilani Quilt Pattern
Leilani pattern testers call out | New quilt design

Leilani pattern testers call out | New quilt design

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I’ve been working on a new quilt pattern called Leilani, and I’m now at the point where I’m now looking for Leilani pattern testers!!

Wrap your peepers around this Illustrator mock-up version, in the double size. I think I’d like to make this in a throw size. I’ve never made a quilt with a dark background before, and I’ve got some hand-quilting ideas I’d like to have a play with in a rust coloured thread which I think could work really well with this colour palette, maybe…?

What do you think? Would you like to be one of my Leilani pattern testers?

Wife-made Leilani Pattern

Leilani was a name we had on our list when we first started having babies. I loved the name from the first time I heard it – so gentle and feminine. I believe it’s a Hawaiian word meaning ‘heavenly flower’ and I think it’s such a perfect name for little girl. In the end we went with Rose, as you may know, but I’m glad I got to use it for one of my ‘quilt babies’ {hee hee!}.

Leilani is a modern nod to those beautiful kitchen splashback tile patterns from the 60s and 70s, often seen in mission brown and that really bright orange. {Aaaaah! My eyeeeeeeeees!} Which I have nothing against as colours on their own, but I think some things from the 60s and 70s can do with a bit of updating…

I’m intrigued by how the use of different colours and combinations of colours in the flowers and stamen petals give an optical illusion of movement or spinning in the floral motif. It makes me feel like I have wobbly eyes!

If you would like to be one of my Leilani pattern testers, you should know that the pattern includes curved piecing for the petals, plus regular straight edge piecing for the diamond motif and the stamen block in the centre of the flower motif. Despite what it looks like in the pic below, the pattern is not constructed in straightforward quilt blocks, which I’m realising is becoming a bit of a signature style for me (aka, I like to make things difficult for myself haha!).

Wife-made Leilani Pattern

I’m now at the point where I’m ready to send this pattern out my selected Leilani pattern testers. I have been thinking a lot about the services that pattern testers provide people like myself (in my case – a work from home Mum trying to make a few extra bucks to help with the family budget) and I’ve decided to start offering incentives such as free fabric, gift vouchers to fabric shops and discount codes. If you’d like to learn more about this and be kept in the loop about future Wife-made pattern testing opportunities, please sign up here.

If you’re interested in being one of my Leilani pattern testers, here’s what you need to know!

  • The Leilani pattern includes curved piecing.
  • Leilani pattern testing turnaround is 4 weeks.  Due date for completed test quilts is Sunday, 23 June 2019. 
  • First drafts of the pattern will be emailed to selected testers on Monday, 27 May 2019.
  • I am looking for 3 – 5 pattern testers who can offer services including testing key elements of the pattern, and providing photographs of WIPs and completed projects up to throw quilt size.
  • Incentives for testers will be determined based on the quilting and photography skills of selected testers.
Wife-made Leilani Pattern

If you are confident sewing curves, or interested in having the opportunity to learn how to piece curved quilts AND (most importantly!) you are able to complete your test quilt and provide feedback and edits by Sunday, 23 June, I welcome you to express your interest in testing this pattern by sending me an email to discuss. Please let me know which of the following testing services you can offer in your email:

  • A – pattern checks and edits + WIP photos that can be shared in Instagram stories
  • B – pattern checks and edits + completed baby sized quilt + WIP photos that can be shared in Instagram stories OR high quality WIP/completed project photos for use in stories and Wife-made Instagram feed and blog
  • C – pattern checks and edits + completed cot sized quilt + WIP photos that can be shared in Instagram stories OR high quality WIP/completed project photos for use in stories and Wife-made Instagram feed and blog
  • D – pattern checks and edits + completed throw sized quilt + WIP photos that can be shared in Instagram stories OR high quality WIP/completed project photos for use in stories and Wife-made Instagram feed and blog

Once I have a list of interested Leilani pattern testers I will approach 3 – 5 potential testers to discuss further.  The incentives I offer will vary according to the level of pattern testing and photography services provided.

I’m looking forward to hearing from interested Leilani pattern testers, as well as sending this new design out into the quilting world and seeing what everyone makes!