View of a Very Berry quilt in christmas green and red tones, draped over rocking chair with a book on top

The Story Behind The Quilt - Very Berry

Hi!

I am so excited to introduce you to the Very Berry quilt pattern today and I just wanted to share a little more with you about the quilt pattern itself.

Very Berry Design

Late summer, and into autumn, the countryside in Scotland starts to burst with plentiful supplies of wild berries, from wild raspberries to blackberries to juniper berries.  They come in a gorgeous array of autumnal colours and are ripening ready to be picked (though just watch what you pick - not all of them are fit for eating).

Many people go foraging for wild berries, some for eating just as they are, and others to turn them into wonderful jams to enjoy all year around.  While others pick berries to make delicious deserts and cakes, which is my personal favourite use, to enjoy being served warm on a cool autumn evening, ideally while snuggling under a warm handmade quilt!

It was these wild berries that have inspired the design of the Very Berry quilt.

The Quilt

Full view of the Very Berry quilt

The quilt itself features two large blocks, with both of them coming together very quickly.  The piecing is straight forward so ideal for a beginner, as well as those with a little more experience.  I have taken two traditional blocks and given them a modern twist, designing the quilt so that the block proportions give the illusion of being on point, even though they aren't.

Very Berry quilt in Christmas red and green tones, draped over chair with a book resting on top

In terms of skills used, the pattern contains instructions and illustrations to take you through the steps to make half square triangles, and there is also the use of some basic strip piecing to make the construction of one of the blocks more efficient.

There are three quilt sizes, with these being baby (47" x 47"), throw (77" x 77") and king (107" x 107").  As the design was inspired by the autumn and winter seasons, I had images of snuggling on the sofa under the blanket with the family, reading stories or watching movies.  So the sizes have been proportioned to provide that extra bit of snuggle room, with the king size being nice and large!  With the extra snuggle room, why not back your quilt with flannel to make it even more cosy!

Click below to shop the Very Berry quilt pattern: 

Button with link to the Very Berry shop page

 

Fabric

Hand holding up a pile of fabric in shades of cream, red and green with a christmas bauble sitting on top

Given the time of year, and because I previously didn't own one (I know, shocking!), I made the sample quilt using a Christmas inspired colourway.  All solid colours are Kona Cotton solid fabrics, with a lovely red and white gingham used for the backing and binding, giving the quilt a classic Christmas feel. The Kona Cotton solids colourways used were:

  • Jungle
  • Grass Green
  • Rich Red
  • Poppy
  • Ivory

However the design is flexible enough that you can use many different colourways, including prints, and the pattern will showcase your lovely fabric combinations for you.

Very Berry baby quilt in autumnal tones

Ever thought about using a print for the background fabric?

Just look at this fabulous version created by Katherine Elizabeth who used Art Gallery Fabric patterned fabric as the background and it works perfectly. And the great news is that she is offering kits to make this exact colourway over on her website here.  These kits are limited edition so when they are gone, they are gone!

Another option is to use larger fabric scraps to cut each fabric piece from and make a scrappy version, why not give that a go?  I will be sharing a scrappy in the next couple of days.

Thank You

Last, but by no means least, I just want to say a massive thank you to all my lovely testers who have made the most wonderful selection of quilts to share with you.  I will showcase these wonderful quilts and quilters on Instagram over the next couple of days, so if you would like to see these pop over to our Instagram page and give us a follow.

With the pattern now released,  I am handing over the next chapter of the story writing to you and I am looking forward to seeing what you make with the Very Berry quilt pattern.  Don't forget to tag your Very Berry creations on Instagram using #VeryBerryQuilt and #FolkloreStitchesStudio, and @FolkloreStitches, so we can see your wonderful quilts! 

Creating stories one stitch at a time

Victoria  x

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This is a beautiful pattern. I love what you did with these two blocks.

Hannah W

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