Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Betty Quilt Pattern

Whew. Guys, writing patterns is no joke. I have been wanting to write up a pattern for this design since I made this quilt a few months ago but I knew that I needed to change how the quilt was constructed. With the help of my lovely pattern testers, and after lots of hours of staring at my computer screen, The Betty Quilt Pattern is now ready on both Craftsy and Etsy.  
Betty Quilt
I thought that this quilt would work great as a twin size quilt, but I also know that not everyone wants to make a twin size quilt, so the pattern is available in Baby (42" x 51"), Lap (60" x 68"), and Twin (68" x 93") sizes.  

My version is twin sized and uses a combination of Cotton + Steel Basics and Printshop prints and RJR Cotton Supreme Solids.  Since the RJR Solids coordinate with Cotton + Steel prints, they work together nicely.  Also, Printshop is probably my favorite C+S collection ever. It is printed on unbleached cotton and it is dynamic and versatile.  This quilt is for my 8 year old daughter.  She loves green, blue, turquoise, aqua, etc. so I knew I wanted to go that direction for the color scheme and these Printshop prints worked perfectly.Betty Quilt Close Up
To help you plan the color placement on your quilt, the pattern comes with coloring pages for each size. One great thing about this pattern is that it is quick!  I cut and pieced my twin size version in a couple of afternoons.
Betty Twin Quilt
This pattern, like my other patterns, is named after a woman who impacted my life.  Betty was my preschool teacher and my 5th grade teacher and she lived across the street from my family (can you tell I'm from a small town?).  She passed away earlier this year and I knew I wanted to name a pattern after her.

I had four pattern testers helping me out this time around and they are all so wonderful.  I love how they each did something a little different with their version.

Miranda's Quilt
Miranda's Betty QuiltMiranda made the twin size version in Bonnie and Camille, Lella Boutique, and Quilted Fish prints with a black Moda Crossweave for the background fabric.  I love seeing the pattern with a darker background print - it really makes the prints pop.  

Lynda's Quilt
Lynda's Betty Quilt

Lynda used just three different fabrics for her baby quilt.  I had been wondering how the pattern would look in a limited color palette and I think it turned out great!  

Cathy's Quilt
Cathy's Betty Quilt
Cathy's Betty Quilt
Cathy used cute Dr. Seuss prints for her baby quilt.  I love how it highlights the larger scale prints and I love her quilting!

Sally's Quilt
Sally's Betty Quilt
Sally's Betty Quilt

Sally used one of my favorite prints - I love those elephants! - to make a lap size version of the quilt. She was able to use some large scale directional prints and I really like how it enhances the woven effect of the pattern.  And she pieced the quilt backing so she clearly has more patience than I do ;)

I hope you enjoy the pattern.  If you make a version, I would love to see it!  Tag it with the hashtag #thebettyquilt on Instagram or email me a photo.

11 comments :

  1. Congrats on the new pattern - it's fantastic! I hope it sells well for you.

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  2. The links for the pattern weren't working so I guess I'll go directly to Craftsy.

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  3. Gorgeous quilt! I can relate to the difficulties of writing a quilt pattern. There are a lot of people who are interested in a pattern of a quilt I made, but the making of that quilt was everything else but pattern material. I also think about to make the whole quilt again in order to write a proper pattern. Well done on yours! Great achievement!

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  4. Thank you so much for working so hard to write the pattern. I remember hoping for one when you showed the original quilt, with the mix of Cotton and Steel prints and solids. Just bought mine!

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  5. Beautiful and so fun at the same time! My list of quilts that I want to make is a long one and looks like I'll be adding this one too. :)

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  6. This quilt really did come together so very quickly! I loved that! Believe me, though, I do not usually have the patience to piece quilt backings. This is about only the second one I have ever really done and I guess I was just feeling motivated that day :) Plus, I was just wanting to use what I had. So, it worked out nicely!

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  7. Absolutely beautiful! Great job -- as usual!

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  8. Love Love Love this quilt! Are you still looking for pattern testers? would love to talk to you about that - barbara.esposito@snet.net

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  9. I LOVE this!! Now I have to figure out how to make it King size!

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  10. Very nice! Sorry I didnt' have time to test it for you! Willprobably buy it now. Carol

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