The Harmont Quilt Pattern
Hi there!! Guess what? I am super excited to share my 10th quilt pattern - 10th!!! Meet the Harmont Quilt!
Not only am I really excited about having 10 quilt patterns completed, but this one is has been particularly fun to design!
About the design
I always have a soft spot for flying geese quilts - they are simply stunning to me - and I wanted to add my own spin to this traditional block.
This quilt uses the four-at-a-time flying geese method with mix and matched fabrics to make modern geometric shapes.
Most of the time when I sit down to design a quilt pattern, I begin with Adobe Illustrator and play with shapes, but this quilt was born out of playing and experimenting at the sewing machine.
There were several iterations before this one was laid out and once I saw it, I could not sew up a quilt fast enough. One of my favorite artists is the iconic Mary Blair - the queen of color and modernism, and this block definitely felt reminiscent of her work.
And let me tell you, these BIG (20 inch!) blocks are fun and fast to make! This pattern is fat quarter and yardage friendly and comes with multi-color or simple three-color options!
The Bright Printed One
The multi-color throw size Harmont Quilt calls for 18 fabrics and a background color, and I wanted to a bright and cheery fabric pull for this one!
Once the fabrics were cut, it was time to mix and match into pairs and begin sewing up all of those geese!
Tip! This quilt requires a little planning as you are mixing at matching. You’ll want to think about what you want your final quilt layout to be. Are you color blocking rows, going for an ombre effect, or perhaps just an overall mix and match, scrappy look?
For this quilt, I wanted the colors to move across the quilt — not quite ombre, but more of a general dark to light shift.
Whenever I make colorful quilts, I always end up with a favorite block, but this time I can’t decide! I have a couple - I’m torn between the center peachy block or the bottom right block with the pink and yellow floral fabric. Which is your favorite?
The Cover Quilt
For the cover quilt, I wanted a fabric pull of solids in a muted modern palette. Something that felt reminiscent of the modernism art movement, and some of my favorite Kona Cotton colors came to the rescue.
As I was thinking about the layout for this quilt, I was going for a true mix and match of colors in a *seemingly* random placement. Ha! I say random, but you and I both know it is pretty rare when a quilt layout is truly 100% random. You may initially lay things out randomly, but you’ll start moving things around until the colors and patterns settle in a way that makes you happy :)
Once I had the pairs that I liked, again I was off and sewing up a gaggle of geese. Then those geese turned into blocks - my favorite block on this quilt is the one with Wasabi and Peach (both Kona colors) - the pop of color that Kona Wasabi brings to a quilt is always so good. If you haven’t used it yet, I challenge you to use it in a project soon :)
Both the cover quilt and bright printed quilt were longarm quilted by my step mom. She used the gingersnap panto for both and they turned out lovely!!! I can’t wait to get them in the wash to see how the crinkle!
Let’s take a moment to talk about binding for this quilt pattern.
BONUS: Whether you’re using fat quarters or 1/4 yard cuts, you’ll have enough fabric scraps to sew up scrappy binding for your finished quilt (or just cut and save the 2 1/2” strips for a future project.
I have been making 2021 the year I attempt to tame my scrap bin! (Or really bins at this point, its a situation!), and this pattern is perfect for scrappy binding - if you’re into that kind of look! If you are making the multi-colored version, you will have enough fabric from your colors left over to cut out 2 1/2” strips. Then, check the cutting instructions in the pattern to see how many strips you need (make sure to double the number if you used FQs since those strips will be shorter), then pick your favorite fabrics and voila, you’ve saved a little money and didn’t put at much into your scrap bin — double win!!
During my last pattern release for the Lamar Quilt, we took a drive to take some quilts in the wild photos and they were so pretty I want to do that for each pattern release if I can!
So, for Harmont, we drove to out to the Four Peaks wilderness area. We packed a dinner and brought the younger dog with us for an afternoon adventure, and were we surprised with an amazing treat!! There were so many butterflies! I had never seen so many in my life, and so many different kinds. I only managed to get one good picture of a butterfly, and I think it might be a monarch?? If you’re an expert - please let me know!
We hiked around a few different locations, exploring and taking quilt pictures :). In addition to all of the butterflies, we saw tadpoles that already had little legs growing/forming, lizards, and one giant desert beetle.
Some of my favorite quilt pictures are the ones captured in the desert!
I really hope you enjoy the Harmont Quilt Pattern! It is a versatile pattern with so many options, and I can’t wait to see what you make when you mix your personal style and magic with this pattern!!