February 1, 2023

Liberty of London Union Jack quilt

Today is a red letter day as I've mailed off the last of the "Leavitt quilts", which are the Union Jack quilts I've been making each year for my mom and her 7 siblings. This is the 8th and final quilt and it feels great to have it sent off! You can visit #leavittquilts on IG to see the other 7, which date back to 2014!

The pattern is Jumping Jacks by Fig Tree and Co. It is traditionally pieced and not too tricky. The first year I made it I was still quite a beginner, and the trimming step took some getting used to, but it's easy now. 

The fabric I used was largely a bundle by Maker Valley, which unfortunately sold out last year. The blues are all from the Carnaby Collection by Liberty of London, so you could start there and add your own pinks and reds. You need FQs for the main prints and small amounts of yardage for the stripes.  I mixed in a few of my own, mostly from Bonnie and Camille and Lori Holt. 

One fun thing about this year's quilt is that it was the first time I used different low volume prints for the white parts of every block, as well as a printed sashing. It was super scrappy!

The tags shown here are Tasha Noel quilt labels for Riley Blake. I have the older version, but the new version is just as cute! The bottom label I had made by Wunderlabel, I've used them for years and have a few different colors. 

This one was beautifully quilted by Emilee Hathaway of Paisley, Prints, and Polka Dots. She chose the design so you'll have to ask her what it's called!

The backing is a simple Navy Swiss Dot, and the binding seems to me like it's an American Jane print, though I'm not exactly sure- it came with the Maker Valley kit. 

I will miss seeing this one around my sewing room, but I'm so happy to have it checked off and hopefully it is used and loved for years to come! Now I feel like I need to make quilts for my Hawkins aunts (another 8, haha). If you're one of those and you're seeing this, let me know in the comments which patterns you would like!


  1. Very nice pattern and the quilts themselves are very nice. I remember how I had to sew at the university and I wanted to pay someone to do my homework because I didn't know how to do it at all. Years later, it turned out to be quite interesting and pleasant.

  2. Love your quilt - it's sooo stunning! Great fabric choice too :)

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