May 22, 2019

Rise Quilt Along 2019- a hot air balloon quilt pattern

It's time to begin! Who's excited!!? This is such a fun little quilt and I'm thrilled to be making another with all of you. Here are the details of the sew along-

First, you can sign up for the Rise Quilt Along HERE!

Second, if you still need to get a PDF or paper copy of the Rise pattern in condensed, organized form, you can find it in my Pattern Shop. I worked so hard on these and I'm super proud of them. They are discounted $1 until the start of the quilt along! The individual balloon patterns are still available for free here on the blog from the original quilt along in 2016.

Because I will be out of town for almost all of it (coming for you Utah quilt shops!) and I don't operate from a laptop, the quilt along will be fairly simple and mostly based and announced on Instagram. I will check in here on the blog a couple of times but not every week. A new phase will start every Monday and there won't be any prizes until the end, when there will be 3. Here is the schedule:

June 3- fabric planning
June 10- background cutting
June 17- Block 1 Block 2 Block 3
June 24- Block 4 Block 5 Block 6
July 1-Block 7 Block 8 Block 9
July 8- Prairie Points/Borders
July 15- wrap up and final prizes (3 winners!)

Materials Needed: 

Balloons: I used 16 fat eights of Backyard Roses by Ellis and Higgs for Riley Blake, which covered the balloons and prairie points with a good amount left over. You could also use scraps, jelly strips, or layer cake squares. Not all precuts will work for all blocks, however, so you can't just use one jelly roll, for example, unless you make some adaptations. You will need about 8 fat quarters' worth of fabric, though a little more variety than 8 prints would be optimal. 

1 1/2 yd background fabric 
1/2 yd border fabric
1/2 yd binding fabric
2 yds backing

I love the backing on this quilt. The Seed Catalog print combined with the hot air balloons and summery prints remind of me of an old timey state fair, and I just love it!

The final quilt measures 42" by 54", a generous baby size. It would be the most perfect new baby quilt, in my humble opinion :)

There will be no designated longarm quilter since it has prairie points and can't be done edge to edge. We can all quilt our own baby size, right? I will be sharing tips on how to quilt around the points. 

If you are quilting along and are on Instagram, don't forget to tag with #risequilt so I can see. I'm @woodberry_way, and you know I love to share there!

I made this quilt a second time in softer colors, and that one was donated to a charity auction for refugees. I wonder where it lives now, and I'm grateful to the person who bought it and donated that money. 

This will be my third time making it and I'm going to use pinks, purples and teals from my stash that were inspired by a Fabric Bubb bundle. Not sure how that's going to go but I'm excited to find out!


  1. Such an adorable pattern! I'm excited for the qal and to learn how to make praire points!

  2. This is my first quilt along - can't wait to get started..

  3. How beautiful!! Thank you for sharing the post! Love this pattern so much!
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  4. Oh gosh. Just when I thought I had too many projects on the go... this one is too adorable!!

  5. LOVE this pattern and the fabric choice! I have family in Albuquerque (largest Balloon Festival in the nation), so I know who I am giving this one to!

  6. I must honestly say that this quilt looks amazing! Thanks for sharing your experience and passion for sewing with us.

  7. Using 16 fat eights of Backyard Roses by Ellis and Higgs, or various fabric scraps, to cover the balloons and prairie points allows for creative flexibility and the potential to achieve the best results in your project.
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