Soar Quilt Pattern

Soar quilt

Soar quilt

The soar quilt is made using a Kona Bay fabric range called Soar which I think is quite beautiful.  I’ve begun with a rectangle that I have cut to the proportions of the golden rectangle, considered to be the most pleasing to the eye.  You can read more about the golden rectangle here.  The quilt pattern is very simple, the point being to show you an easy way of showcasing a fabric that you are particularly fond of.  I’m assuming here that you can choose from amongst all the fabrics in your stash that you know you can’t live without!

The quilt overall measures 41″ by 59″.  This is not completely the golden rectangle proportions, but is near enough for me to be happy with it.  I’ve used a fat 1/2 yard for the panel, with 1 yard of white fabric, 3/4 yard of red and 1/2 yard of blue.  You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.




Cutting requirements for the soar quilt

Central panel:  21.1/2″ by 33.1/2″

3.1/2″ squares:  fifty four white, twenty four red, twenty eight blue

First frame:  3.1/2″ lengths of white – two 21.1/2″ long and two 39.1/2″ long

Border:  two 4.1/2″ red strips 39.1/2″ long, two 1.1/2″ strips 59.1/2″ long

First frame of white fabric

First frame of white fabric

Making the soar quilt

Sew a strip 3.1/2″ by 21.1/2″ of white fabric to the top and bottom of the panel.  Sew a strip 3.1/2″ by 39.1/2″ of white to each side.

Just a few words about the size of the central panel:  I’ve chosen this size because it’s an approximation to the golden rectangle proportions, the width and length have been adjusted so that they are both divisible by 3, meaning I can sew 3″ squares all round it, and also I can cut two panels side by side from 1 yard of the soar fabric.

Sew strips of fabric together

Sew strips of fabric together

The next two frames are made with white squares alternating with either red or blue.  The red is chosen to tie in with the red markings on the heads of the storks and the blue is quite a major part of the panel.  You can save some time by sewing together a 3.1/2″ strip of white with red and with blue.  Cut this at 3.1/2″ intervals to give rectangles made up of one square each of either red and white or blue and white.  This can speed up the piecing, but you will also need individual squares.

Next frame made with red/white squares

Next frame made with red/white squares

Make up two strips of nine squares of red and white, each strip beginning and ending with red.  Sew these to the top and bottom of the quilt.  Make two further strips of fifteen squares beginning and ending with white.  Sew these to the sides of the quilt.

Frame of blue and white squares

Frame of blue and white squares

The third frame is made in a similar way but using blue and white squares.  You’ll need two strips of eleven squares beginning and ending with blue for the top and bottom of the quilt.  For the sides you will need two strips of seventeen squares, each strip beginning and ending with a white square.

At this stage the quilt measures 39.1/2″ by 51.1/2″, which is no longer the proportions of the golden rectangle.  If I wanted to keep these proportions all the way through the quilt I would have needed to use different sized strips on the sides compared with the top and bottom – and the maths would have become awfully complicated!  So instead I have chosen to use different widths of red fabric for the quilt border.

Add the border

Add the border

For the top and bottom of the quilt I have used 4.1/2″ strips – two lengths of 39.1/2″.  For the sides I have used 1.1/2″ red strips – two lengths of 59.1/2″.  A true golden rectangle quilt would have finished 41″ by 66″ but that would have meant too big a difference between the sizes of the border strips.  I’m happy with the size as it is.

That completes the soar quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.

Gold beads for the quilting

Gold beads for the quilting

I thought hard about how best to quilt the soar quilt.  The frames are easy enough – I will stitch in the ditch between the frames and then add some diagonals to make diamond shapes – but the central panel is a different matter.  It’s large enough that it needs some quilting to stop the layers moving against each other, but I didn’t want any quilting that would compete with the beauty of the fabric.  In the end I chose gold beading.  I’ve drawn lines along the diagonals and down and across the middle and I am going to sew beads along that star shape.  Obviously you need to be careful with the beads if there are young children around.

Here’s the video:

I seem to have ended up with another manic weekend planned:  this afternoon I am going to the ballet to see Taming of the Shrew.  Tomorrow there is dragonboat racing on the canals as well as a Street Art festival in town.  I just hope that we don’t have any more of the torrential rain that has been a feature of this week so that I can bring you some photos next week.  Then on Sunday I’m going to Sandown Racecourse for a quilt show followed by a quick visit to an old schoolfriend while I’m in the area.  I think I shall be exhausted by Monday!