Thursday, March 24, 2016

[Let Love Be Your] Beacon Quilt Pattern Blog Hop!

Today I am so excited to share with you my latest finish!  I tested the Beacon quilt pattern by Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl:

Beacon quilt (queen sized), finished at 84.5" x 86.5"

I chose to test the queen size so I could gift it to my sister and her husband for their wedding gift.  I let them choose the colors, and they settled on their wedding colors (green and silver, with turquoise accents) which ended up being Kona Pesto, Silver and Turquoise.  I named the quilt Let Love Be Your Beacon because I think in a successful and happy marriage love and communication are the most important factors.  

The Beacon point, quilted with a dot-to-dot pattern.

I also let them pick the backing fabric, they chose this Michael Miller wide backing called Miriam:

Quilt back!

About the pattern
This pattern is not my usual style with so much negative space!  It is much more "modern" than my usual style as well, but I really enjoyed piecing the angle and beacon blocks.  I spent about 10 hours piecing the quilt top.  The pattern is listed as an intermediate level, but I think even a confident and detail oriented beginner would be successful at piecing this quilt.  Honestly the hardest part was quilting all of that negative space on the queen size!

Beacon Quilt: quilting detail.

I used Aurifil #5004 (grey smoke) for all of the quilting on the green (and in the bobbin)--I chose to do rows of watery swirls with a simple up-and-back filler between.  Both designs are challenging on a domestic machine!  You'll also notice that the swirls appear to go behind the angle blocks, I really wanted the angle blocks to float on top of the background quilting.   And I added 3 "ghost" angle blocks by tracing one of the pieced blocks and then making a cardstock template.

Beacon quilt: back quilting detail.

In total I spent 43 hours working on this quilt, but 4 of those hours were spent ripping out mistakes and quite a bit of quilting (I can be quite critical of my quilting and really wanted the quilting to look consistent across this large quilt!).  I spent about 16 hours just on the quilting.

Beacon Quilt: Queen sized quilt--I wanted to show how the design lays on a Queen sized bed.

The quilt top measured just under 96" x 96", and after quilting and the first wash it shrank to 86.5" wide x 84.5" long (and I used Quilter's Dream orient batting).

Beacon Quilt top before.

Beacon quilt after quilting and first wash.

If you like this pattern it is on sale for only $7 through April 3rd!  You can purchase it through Yvonne's Etsy shop or Craftsy store!

Check out the rest of the stops on the blog hop: 

March 21: Beacon Pattern Release with Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl 
March 22: Baby Size Version of Beacon with Audrey of Hot Pink Quilts 
March 23: Lap Size Version of Beacon with Judy of Quilt Paradigm
March 24: Queen Size Version of Beacon with Renee of Quilts of a Feather
March 25: More Beacon Awesomeness at Quilting Jetgirl and Sew Mama Sew!


  1. It is spectacular!! You nailed the floating idea and the quilting looks fabulous! Sorry about the ripping, I did a little ripping myself! ;) I forgot to mention in my post that basting is a very, very, very important step to get right when doing a quilt with this much negative space. The ghost angles look great and I'm SO impressed you got this finished up so quickly!! And it looks awesome on the bed!! Your sister and BIL are sure to love it :)

    SO impressed with the consistency you achieved with your swirls! So difficult with a design that large on a domestic! You rock!!

  2. Wow, your quilting is amazing on this beauty! A labor of love for the happy bride and groom! It was fun to see Yvonne's design in the queen size too.

  3. All the planning and care you took with the quilting makes the finish look exactly like what you were going for: the angles all seem to be floating above the quilting. I am struck by how light Kona Silver is to the eye, and I remember thinking that every time I look at a color card, too.

    Wow, the hanging photo of the quilt top compared with the finished quilt after a wash is really amazing - it shrunk significantly (over 10%)! o_O

    Thank you so much for pattern testing this design for me even though it is so different from what you would normally make. Your attention to detail and feedback on the pattern is so important to me. This pattern would definitely not be what it is without all the help. <3

  4. No gym needed for you last week! But really, those swirls ARE SO HARD TO DO on a domestic, with all that fabric! You are amazing! I LOVE the ghost beacons. You inspire me to try something similar. The color combo is an A+, too. They are going to be thrilled!! I also can't believe it shrunk so much!

  5. Huge!! You nailed the negative space quilting, just gorgeous! I'm sure the happy couple will cherish and love this one for many, many years to come!

  6. I follow Yvonne and have come to love her modern quilting! Your post is very straight forward and encouraging to a quilter like me who has never done any type of pattern with this much open quilting space. Along with pointing out that it is completely doable by an beginner quilter; your quilting is spectacular and really makes this pattern stand out even more and it is just gorgeous! Thank you for sharing and have a fantastic creative day!

  7. It's beautiful. Amazing quilting. That's a lot of negative space to fill. You did a great job.

  8. The quilt looks so good on the bed. The quilting is phenomenal. It's a wonderful modern design.

  9. Love all the quilting ...You can really show it off on this quilt....

  10. The idea of Let Love Be Your Beacon is a great inspiration for your quilt Renee. Your quilting design is so amazing and beautiful! My that is a surprise how much the quilt top shrunk with the quilting and washing.

  11. Yay! I love the name, and your quilting is gorgeous! What a lovely finish! (And I love the colors!)

  12. It turned out so beautiful! I love the ghost angles and that the angles are floating on the background quilting. It may not be your usual style, but you certainly rocked it!

  13. What a beauty!! Such a great pattern and your quilting really brings it to life :) XO

  14. Oh my goodness, the watery swirls are beautiful! You handled all the negative space like a pro!

  15. Wow Renee this is such a beautiful gift, such a gorgeous green. Those swirls are unreal, how perfect; did you mark them ahead of time? I'm doing a similar swirl on my daughter's quilt on my longarm, and they are not anywhere near this consistent! No marking though, just the centre (which is more difficult to determine than on would expect) as my guide to keep it straight. What a wonderful gift. :-)

  16. What an amazing wedding quilt. I really like how your quilting appears to go behind the beacons.

  17. I love your version of this. As I mentioned to Yvonne, it made me think of snow-capped mountains and forest.
    That is a lot of shrinkage from washing: 10 inches!