The Redwood Coast Quilt - Tester Quilts

A throw-sized Redwood Coast Quilt made my one of my testers, Farrah (@farrah.handmade)

 

About the Quilt Testers

The Redwood Coast Quilt Pattern released last week! Getting this pattern out into the world would not have been possible without my amazing team of pattern testers. They made this quilt in all sizes and styles, and helped me troubleshoot and refine the pattern instructions.

I think their makes are some of the BEST sewing inspiration. Scroll through to see what the Redwood Coast Quilt looks like in different sizes and fabrics. 

I've linked to my testers' websites and social media when available. They're all great quilters and you might want to follow their journey! 


 

 

Sandy  |  Thai Charm LLC  | Website & Instagram
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Sandy took the 4-block baby quilt, and gave it a twist! She created a beautiful striped version. The vertical strips in this quilt are created by slicing up HSTs. Sandy mixed and matched strips from different blocks to create this effect.

I love the way these colors work with vertical movement and angles. Personally, they remind me of flames - a phoenix, or a bonfire. 

Oh, and Sandy’s an amazing longarmer! Don’t you love that closeup of her work in the first pic? If you're looking for someone to help you longarm your Redwood Coast Quilt, Sandy would be a great choice - details on her site

 

 


Jasmin  |  Quilts of Summer  | EtsyInstagram
 
Jasmine makes the cheeriest quilts - and her tester version of the Redwood Coast Quilt was no exception!

She went with bright, primary-ish colors and a solid white background. I love the simplicity here. I know these colors would be perfect for a kid, but I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t want to steal this quilt for myself!

 

 

Leijsa  |  Lucky Bobbin Quilts  |  Instagram

 

Leijsa made the baby size of this quilt, with four cheery, saltwater-taffy colors.
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She also quilted it herself, on her domestic machine! I love the wide straight lines - they give such a squishy texture, and having the lines running horizontally really secures the vertical seams on the quilt top. I think this quilting style is a great option for beginners. If you’re new to quilting (or just want to get your Redwood Coast quilted fast!) I’d recommend trying it out!

 


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Laurel  |  PorcupineSews Threads  |  Website & Instagram

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Laurel quickly made her 4 blocks for the baby-sized quilt, then decided she wanted to make more! She did a total of eight blocks for a fun twist on a throw. I love how she got creative by putting extra stripes on the top and bottom of the quilt! The “normal” throw version has 12 blocks arranged on a grid. If you only have 8 fabrics that you want to show off, I think Laurel’s version shows you a creative way to turn your tall-and-skinny blocks into a good throw size!

Laurel used directional prints for her quilt. If you’d like to try that, too, the pattern has instructions on working with directional prints. There’s a whole blog post where I show you how to keep prints directional when making your blocks!

 

Bailey  |  By & By  |  Website & Instagram

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Bailey makes and works with a lot of handmade, ice-dyed fabric.
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For her own baby-sized quilt, she used one of her own hand dyed fabrics, and three from Dust + Waves Textile. I love the peachy background she went with. I never would have thought to use it, but it offsets the dyed fabrics so well! I absolutely love how her quilt turned out!
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In her shop, Bailey is stocking a limited run of baby quilt kits with four of her own ice-dyed fabrics— click through to see! The first run of these kits sold out pretty fast. Now, the kits are available on pre-order! They come with multiple fabric options, and Bailey will work with you to add any background fabric from her shop.
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How special is that?
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I am always touched when people use special fabrics to make my patterns - whether that is fabric they’re dyed themselves, scraps they’re saved from a special project, or yardage they’re hung onto because they love the print. It really is the highest honor! 
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Go grab your kit from Bailey’s shop— or if you're reading this long after the quilt pattern launch, pick out you own set of her dyed fabrics here

If you have questions about working with hand-dyed fabrics, you can contact her here to ask her directly! 

 

Katie  |  Crestview Quilts  |  Etsy & Instagram

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Katie is such a talented quilter! I feel like her secret weapon (besides her trimming accuracy and can-do attitude!) is a well-defined color palette and style. She’s one of those quilters whose work you can look at, and you just *know* it’s hers!
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I love the palette she picked for her Redwood Coast Quilt— deep blues, purples and teals. In fact, some of these fabrics are from Treehouse Quilting Co.'s Katie Bundle. Yup, named just for her! 
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If you like this quilt, be sure to head over to Katie's page. She’s got lots of beautiful makes, and she is such a fun, inspiring and kind person!

 


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Erin Nichole  |  Mija Handmade  |  Website & Instagram

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Erin Nichole went with textured, woven stripes for her quilt!
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She was the directional print guinea pig for this pattern (sorry, Erin Nichole!). She graciously tested this pattern, recut blocks when the stripes didn’t line up as she hoped, and gave excellent feedback. Thanks to her guidance, there’s now a whole blog post telling you how to use directional prints with the Redwood Coast Quilt pattern.
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Erin does a lot of stunning bright colors, and she designs patterns, too! I am always amazed by her lovely video content on Instagram, so be sure to check her out there, and on her website! 

 

Amanda  |  The Quilt Smith  |  Instagram

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Amanda created this almost-two-tone version of the Redwood Coast Quilt. She went with all black fabrics for her blocks, and mixed different prints to create texture and variation. I think this quilt looks so modern, bold, and elegant. You'll want to bookmark this one for future inspiration!

Amanda sent over these beautiful photos that really show off the woods of Vermont, where she lives. You'll also see the artist with her quilt, a close-up of her fabrics, and a death-defying quilt stunt by her husband (bridge quilt photo, don't try this at home)!

 

 

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Farrah's quilt is soothing and sophisticated. If you were looking for a reason to use soft, low-contrast colors in your Redwood Coast Quilt, Farrah's tester quilt is all the encouragement you need! She used light blues and tans-- mostly solids, with just one really lovely floral print peeking through!
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I love how all of the sharp angles of the blocks play with the softness of the colors here.
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One of my favorite things about Farrah's quilt is the actual quilting she did on it. She quilted diamonds to echo the block centers, and did it all herself on her domestic machine! Several people have asked me how to quilt their Redwood Coast quilt, and Farrah's quilt is where I tell them to look for a great example.
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Farrah tested my first pattern, Petal Points, too. She's amazing with feedback, and of course has the best eye for color + fabric. She's also starting her career in surface pattern design-- so keep an eye out for new work!  

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