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Skill Level: 4 out of 5 (Intermediate)
The Beacon quilt pattern is an intermediate level, minimal, modern quilt design offered in three sizes: baby, lap, and queen.
::: You Will Also Need :::
A square ruler: 5" (or larger) for the baby quilt or 9" (or larger) for the lap/queen quilt
Your preferred fabric marking tool
::: Sizing / Finished Measurements :::
Baby Quilt - 40 1/2" x 40 1/2"
Lap Quilt - 70 1/2" x 70 1/2"
Queen Quilt - 96 1/2" x 96 1/2"
::: Lap Size Quilt Fabric Requirements :::
Background Fabric - 5 3/8 yards
Beacon Fabric - 1/8 yard or fat eighth
Angle Fabric - 3/4 yard
Binding Yardage (2 1/2" strips) - 1/2 yard | 7 strips
Backing Fabric - 4 1/2 yards
I believe that quilts hold power in the mindfulness behind their creation. My goal with the Beacon quilt pattern is to encourage you, the quilter, to incorporate a mindful story into the quilt. I have included a planning worksheet into the quilt pattern to help you spend some time gathering your thoughts to help you use this quilt to build a unique story, or you may skip ahead and use the blank quilt pattern to create your color story instead.
When I developed the Beacon pattern, I was thinking a lot about how quilting allows my inner light to shine. When times are hard, when emotions run deep, when stress and life get me down, I know that even just a few minutes at my sewing machine can help bring an inner peace and calm into my life. That knowledge of a lifeline that is waiting to be used is like a lighthouse beacon to sailors on a stormy sea. So I chose to use Robert Kaufman Kona solids in Nautical, Torch, and White for my version of the quilt. Not only did the colors speak to me, but the names of the colors pulled me. I love the stark, crisp contrast of the bright white against the nautical background. And just like a lighthouse, the the Kona Torch just glows against the dark night / sky / sea.
I hope you enjoy the Beacon pattern and I would love to see your finished quilt and hear your story. What is your guiding light? What is your true north?
If you are on Instagram, tag me (@QuiltingJetgirl) and any images of your quilt using #BeaconQuilt. Or send an email to jetgirl8(at)gmail(dot)com with a photograph or a link to a blog post about your quilt.
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