I Love This Quilt! Unionjack Quilt Brings Out Her Inner Anglophile

When I learned it was my turn to do I Love This Quilt for the May/June 2019 issue of McCall’s Quilting, I was overwhelmed. How do you choose a quilt to make from decades of McCall’s Quilting magazines? I searched and I searched and narrowed it down to six quilts. Then I spotted His Royal Union Jack by Joyce Robinson in the January/February 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting. It stopped me dead in my tracks. This design just spoke to me.

His Royal Union Jack by Joyce Robinson was originally featured in the January/February 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

His Royal Union Jack by Joyce Robinson was originally featured in the January/February 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

I chose an assortment of Grunge, Seeing Stars and Hits The Spot by BasicGrey, Compositions by BasicGrey, and Modern Background–Paper by Zen Chic, all for Moda. It is a bit more red, white and blue than the original but I think it still has a bit of the distressed feel that the batiks gave to Joyce’s design.

Here are the beautiful Moda fabrics I chose to create my quilt.

Here are the beautiful Moda fabrics I chose to create my quilt.

In order to fit my bed, I plan to make extra blocks. I’ve never paper pieced on such a large scale before, so this will be a first for me. It will also be my first king sized quilt. I’m excited! Instead of a three-block by six-block layout, I am making a ten-block by ten-block layout.

For paper piecing projects, usually I prefer something that I don’t need to remove in the final step like Quilter’s Select Print & Piece by Alex Anderson, however, I will need 400 sheets and this option was a little bit pricey since I would need sixteen packages. I purchased Carol Doak foundation paper, which will have to be removed at the end, but it is thinner than regular copier paper and I have heard good things about its ease of use.

I have already begun a few blocks and am loving the design so much. Will you make this quilt with me? I would love to see your progress! Tag your pictures on instagram with #ilovethisquilt_mcq and feel free to tag me @SewSupportive so I can cheer you on.

One and a quarter blocks down… #ilovethisquilt_mcq

One and a quarter blocks down… #ilovethisquilt_mcq

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Happy Quilting!

Tracy

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