If you have been around here for a while, you know that I love patterns that have a woven effect (see Betty, Tessa, Libby, and Eliza). For the past little while I have been playing around with the idea of writing a woven-style pattern that is block based.
That isn't because the other woven patterns are difficult - they are actually very accessible - but making the pattern block-based allows for greater flexibility with fabric. Instead of requiring larger cuts, this pattern uses fat eighths (baby size), fat quarters (lap size), or 1/2 yards (twin size - technically the pattern lists these as 5/8 yards because you need 17.5" of fabric, but as long as you are careful you should be able to cut from half yards).
I have received so many emails over the last couple of years asking if Tessa or Betty or Libby is fat quarter friendly - and there just isn't a way to make that type of quilt with just fat quarters. But Ella has all of the fun of the woven effect while also being fat quarter friendly. Hooray!
So many different fabric combinations work with this pattern and it can be anything from matchy matchy to totally scrappy. My version is made with a new collection from Ruby Star Society called Liana and it is just so stinking cute. I love the florals and the little elephants and snails. Adorable. (Liana will be available in a few weeks)
This pattern is great for an experienced beginner. The piecing isn't difficult, but you should have some knowledge about how to read patterns and understand basic piecing instructions. There is a (free) coloring sheet to help you plan your quilt in advance.
At the urging of a couple of my pattern testers, I added info in the pattern about placing a border on your quilt in case you want to increase the size a little bit.
I am working on a second version of this quilt which I will be sharing in my Instagram stories this week - make sure to follow along to see how it looks with a little bit of a scrappier fabric selection.
Head over to the shop to pick up a copy! If you make your own version of the Ella Quilt, make sure to use the hashtags #theellaquilt and #kitchentablequilting and tag @kitchentablequilting so I can see what you make!