I am so excited about this release. Happyfolk is one of my most favorite quilt patterns that I’ve released and I see myself making it again and again.
I could NEVER tire of playing with colors on this one!
I never tire of playing with Dresden plates. While designing Happyfolk, I spent quite a bit of time playing with the center of a Dresden and the shape behind it. Somewhere along the way and hours of play in Illustrator, I tried inverting the inner and outer background colors. I immediately fell in love with the look. It only took a little while longer for them to go from squares and rectangles to half square triangles. After that, a very traditional block emerged and the background was born.
This pattern details a one size version, but there are really endless designs you can make in the background of this quilt just by rotating the block different ways. Play with it and see what you come up with!
A template is provided for the Dresden plates, but if you would prefer a ruler (so much easier), you can find one here. I am using the EZ Dresden Ruler, but you can use any Dresden ruler that requires 20 blades.
- Skill Level: Experienced beginner
- Skills Used: Half square triangles and double pointed Dresden, video tutorials included for both.
- Speed: Time consuming
- 1 Sizes: Throw – 64″x64″
- 6 illustrated pages.
- Pattern includes template for Dresden blade, but if you prefer a ruler, you’ll find it here.
- Pattern has lots of helpful links included (including methods for basting, quilting and binding).
- Use #HappyfolkQuilt for sharing on Instagram.
- Personalized label found here.
- Kit page available here.
- Think about contrast before you begin! You definitely want the Dresden plates to not take away or fade into the colors you choose for the background. One of my backgrounds is almost white. and that’s why I went with peach Dresden plates this time instead of the “low vols” as instructed in the pattern.
- Your darkest background should be the “star” points. You can see in the version above that the golden floral background is what is creating the star shape.
- Careful when working that background! You need all the HSTs turned just the right way to create the background star shape.
- Break this quilt up into batches (readying blades, then plates, then pressing plates, etc.)! It really helps the workflow and keeps things moving along.
Pattern – Happyfolk
Size – 64″x64″
Binding – Pietra Just Peaches
Batting – Warm & Natural
Skill Level – Beginner
Label – Found here1