Thursday, 27 August 2015

In Flight Quilt-Along- Layouts

When I first designed the In Flight bird patterns, I had great plans to release three separate layouts of the final quilt, but as the quilt-along has drawn on, I have learnt a lot about layouts. I realised that my plans for the quilt that I was making didn't work. I had to alter my plans significantly in order to create a quilt that I was happy with.

I thought about writing down my new layout and publishing it for you all, but then I looked on instagram and flickr and realised that many of you were managing to finish your own quilt tops without my help. I decided that it might be fun if I give you some pointers as to how to create your own layout and leave the rest up to you.
My Final Layout

Every finished quilt that I have seen has gone along with my initial vision of the cloud of haphazard birds circling in the sky, so I decided to concentrate on this type of layout.

If you click on the picture below, you will be taken to my payhip store where you can download the original In flight layout for free.

For those of you who have sewn some of the 4 additional blocks (which were added to the quilt-along) if you have sewn them as 12 inch blocks, you should be able to alter this layout fairly easily to accommodate the extras. Here is an example:

All that I have done is to cut down the 12.5 x 24.5 rectangular pieces into 12.5 inch squares and rearranged the layout of the remaining birds to suit.

If, like me, you have sewn some of the extra blocks as 18 inch blocks, then I suggest that you look at your quilt top in 24 inch chunks. If you look at my final layout, this is basically what I have done although I have changed it up a wee bit in a few places.

To make the 18.5 inch blocks up to 24 inch finished blocks you will need to cut:
a 6.5 x 18.5 piece
a 6.5 x 24.5 piece

With the 12 inch blocks, you have a choice, you can either combine 2x 12.5 inch bird blocks with two 12.5 squares or you can sew 4 x 12.5 inch bird blocks together
I'm trying to think if there is anything else that I should be telling you in this post. Nothing immediately springs to mind, but if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

If you fell in love with one of the layouts that I showed at the beginning of the quilt-along and are feeling gutted that I have not given their details, please please please get in touch. I would be happy to provide more details as required.

A quick disclaimer: I cannot promise that the birds in these layouts are flying in the right direction. It is up to you to make sure that you have a balanced layout. what I am trying to do in this post is to give you some ideas, not provide a template which you can copy directly. That said, when designing the blocks I ensured that there is a good mixture of right facing and left facing blocks, so I don't think this should be a problem.


  1. I still need to make my last few (and extra) blocks Juliet, but I am looking forward to playing with them when I do. Thanks for this post :-)

  2. I literally wrote my post about my quilt yesterday! Just have to tweak it and then it will get posted :) Cant wait to see yours. I love mine and am happy with the original layout - it is so cool that it can be interpreted so many ways and you could do so many things with it though. Looking forward to seeing what people have created :)

  3. I too am interested to see the different layouts.


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