The brief was to make a quilt for boys. I could not find an aeroplane block that worked for me, so I drew my own, inspired by a number of traditional blocks I had seen. I particularly wanted a block with the aeroplane set diagonally.
The blocks were a success, so I started to think about what else I could make with them. This baby quilt was the result.
So, what can I tell you about this quilt pattern?
- The quilt is machine pieced.
- The pattern uses a combination of easy templates and rotary cutting to create the shapes, and the blocks are sewn a little oversized and trimmed down, so you do not have to sweat about perfection and points.
- With only six 12-inch blocks to sew, it can be a relatively quick project.
- The finished size is approximately 104 × 130 centimetres / 41 × 51 inches.
- I have included two layout ideas.
- Little boys (and big boys) will love it.
The layout I used is one of two in the pattern.
I am looking forward to seeing what other layouts people create with the basic 12-inch block, which can be set square or on point. I have already finished a cushion and started a humidicrib quilt using the same block.
The pattern’s name is a reference both to Star Wars and to the real air force pilots. My great-uncle was in the Fleet Air Arm (the flying section of the Royal Navy) in World War Two.
I am only doing this pattern-writing lark on a small scale, and trying my hand has given me a lot more respect for others who write patterns. I have no delusions that this will become a real business; I am merely sharing the instructions for what I make and charging what I hope is a fair price so that others who are trying to do this professionally are not undercut.
Saying that, I have had the help of a fabulous designer, Lindsie, and friends who have tested the patterns and been very, very frank in their feedback. (If you want honesty, ask a Dutch friend.) I hope all of our efforts make these instructions easy to follow.
I took the quilt on a little trip to the airport. As luck would have it, my husband was given a joyflight on a vintage aeroplane, and I happened to have the quilt in the car that day!
If you live in Perth, there are tentative plans for me to teach this as a class at Calico & Ivy in the near future.
I used navy and aqua in my version. What colours would you use?