Thank you all so much for your support with the Iris Quilt! I have been working on this pattern throughout the quarantine and I really wanted a HAPPY quilt for the cover. I was so excited to see Tula Pink's new True Colors collection and I knew it would be perfect.
This pattern took me several months to design because I had a lot of things I wanted to accomplish with one project. I wanted it to be quick, fabric efficient, lots of fun, useful for lots of different precuts, scrap friendly, etc. It took me a while to figure it all out, but I am so happy with the result.
One concern that I had when I started designing the pattern was that it would take a long time to make. Compared to my Tessa pattern, which is a similar design with a lot fewer seams, it seemed like it would be very time consuming. But since the pattern is strip pieced, it was actually much faster than I expected. Even the scrap version I made came together quickly. I love quilting, but I don't love projects that are super time intensive so this was important to me!
Another concern was making sure it was fabric efficient. I wanted the pattern to be jelly roll friendly, but it's not very practical to have a jelly roll friendly quilt that uses a jelly roll plus a few strips or 1.5 jelly rolls. Do you want to know how many jelly roll strips the lap size uses? Thirty-nine (a normal jelly roll is 40 strips). The twin size uses just under 2 jelly rolls and the baby size uses about 1/2 of a jelly roll. I couldn't have asked for the math to turn out better.
The scrap option for the pattern is great because it uses up leftover binding strips really nicely. I always have a giant pile of those sitting around. I still need to quilt the scrap version that I made but I will be sharing it soon.
The Iris Quilt is available as either a PDF or paper pattern. I hope you really enjoy this pattern - it has been such a passion project for me and I can't wait to see what you make!