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Beacon Pattern Release & Blog Hop

I am excited to announce that my quilt Beacon is finished and the pattern is also now available! You can find the pattern in my Craftsy and Etsy stores. The pattern will be on sale for $7 for two weeks (through April 3rd). The Beacon quilt pattern is an intermediate level, minimal, modern quilt design offered in three sizes: baby, lap, and queen.

I believe that quilts hold power in the mindfulness behind their creation. My goal with the Beacon quilt pattern is to encourage you, the quilter, to incorporate a mindful story into the quilt. I have included a planning worksheet into the quilt pattern to help you spend some time gathering your thoughts to help you use this quilt to build a unique story, or you may skip ahead and use the blank quilt pattern to create your color story instead.



When I developed the Beacon pattern, I was thinking a lot about how quilting allows my inner light to shine. When times are hard, when emotions run deep, when stress and life get me down, I know that even just a few minutes at my sewing machine can help bring an inner peace and calm into my life. That knowledge of a lifeline that is waiting to be used is like a lighthouse beacon to sailors on a stormy sea. So I chose to use Robert Kaufman Kona solids in Nautical, Torch, and White for my version of the quilt. Not only did the colors speak to me, but the names of the colors pulled me. I love the stark, crisp contrast of the bright white against the nautical background. And just like a lighthouse, the the Kona Torch just glows against the dark night / sky / sea.



Trying to photograph a large quilt on a sea coast can be quite a challenge. I will share a fun outtake photo of my darling husband doing his best to battle the wind and finding humor in the situation at the bottom of the post. And even though I had lighthouses as an allegory in mind when I made the quilt, I knew it would be OK to lay the quilt on some rocks anyway. The quilt still sings to me and reminds me of my quilting journey, and just writing about it makes me eager to be back at my sewing machine!

Beacon - Quilting Detail

Beacon – Quilting Detail

I chose to piece Beacon using Aurifil 2783 (Medium Delft Blue) because the majority of the quilt is Kona Nautical, and I didn’t want my typical lighter piecing thread (2600, Dove) to show through at the seams. I am really pleased with the result, but I will continue to use my standard Dove thread for most of my quilt piecing in the future!

Beacon - Quilting Detail

Beacon – Quilting Detail

The background of the quilt is quilted using Aurifil 2784 (Dark Navy) which blends beautifully with the Kona Nautical. The background quilting motif is meant to evoke waves on the ocean, but others have mentioned they see fish scales or the clamshell motif that I used. As long as it has that sense of the sea, I am definitely satisfied. I discussed previously how I kept my clamshell rows straight as I moved along the quilt. I heavily quilted the white angled piecing using a dense horizontal matchstick quilting in Aurifil 2024 (White). The quilt is backed in solid Kona Nautical as well, and with the heavy quilting, the angles picked up a slight navy undertone (I used Quilters Dream Green Batting). If I were to remake the quilt, I would definitely consider using double batting under the angles if I were going to quilt them to heavily again with a dark backing fabric. I also heavily quilted the beacon points using a dense vertical matchstick quilting in Aurifil 1104 (Neon Orange). The side beacon points quilt up and over the background quilting to the top of the quilt, and the top beacon point is heavily quilted in a pattern that I hope evokes the sense of a rotating light, like a lighthouse or beacon at an airport.

Beacon - Horizontal Quilting

Beacon – Horizontal Quilting

To do the quilting, I first quilted all the background and dense white quilting in the angles with the quilt loaded on my long arm, top to bottom. Then I unloaded my quilt and rotated it 90° so that I could quilt the vertical lines for the beacon points in one motion instead of needing to roll the quilt forward and back. It took me a bit of time to get the quilt loaded so that the horizontal lines would be truly vertical when finished, but once the quilt was loaded, the quilting was finished very quickly.

Beacon - Back of Quilt

Beacon – Back of Quilt

Because the quilting for the piecing on the front of the quilt is so dense, the pattern still glows and shows when viewed from the back! I made the lap size version of the pattern, which finished at 72.5-inches square as a flimsy and 68-inches square (~3.5% shrinkage) after quilting, squaring, and binding.



I had the wonderful pleasure of having the Beacon pattern made, tested, and reviewed by 3 fabulous quilters. So in addition to my quilt, pattern, and notes, you will get to see the amazing work of  Audrey @Hot Pink Quilts, Judy @Quilt Paradigm, and Renee @Quilts of a Feather this week in a blog hop to celebrate the hard work they put into making their own versions of Beacon. In addition, Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs gave the pattern a wonderful editorial review. The Beacon pattern evolved a lot during the pattern testing process, and I am deeply grateful for their help and support.

Beacon Blog Hop

The Beacon pattern is on sale in my Craftsy and Etsy stores for $7 for two weeks (through April 3rd).



The #IGQuiltFest is kicking off today, hosted by Amy @Amy’s Creative Side on Instagram. I am a sponsor for the event, and I will be giving away (3) Digital PDF patterns of the winner’s choice from my pattern store, so be sure to check out the #IGQuiltFest on Instagram for details on how to enter to win.


Beacon Outtake - So Windy!

Beacon Outtake – So Windy!

Linking up with Main Crush Monday, Let’s Bee Social, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop, TGIFF, and Finish it Friday.

53 thoughts on “Beacon Pattern Release & Blog Hop

  1. Sally says:

    You finished it so beautifully, I love the orange quilting, very effective, back and front. And love the photos too! Your windy outtake resonates with me!

  2. Cindy says:

    Love it! I love the story of how it allows your inner light to shine. Lovely quilt and quilting Yvonne.

  3. Judy says:

    The background quilting is SO effective, Yvonne! Love the orange matchstick quilting, another great effect! This quilt pattern leaves so much for the imagination when it comes to quilting! Congrats on the launch of a fantastic pattern and I can’t wait to share my version (or should I say my husband’s! LOL) on Wednesday!! 😀

    All of your pictures are just fantastic, I think the outtake picture is my fav! Yay for supportive husband quilt holders!

  4. Becky B says:

    I love this quilt! I also agree with sitting down at the sewing machine making you calm. I need that so often – just to escape and think about something different than my busy life allows. Love your analogy with the sea, lighthouse and all things related. May your inner light always shine!

  5. Margaret Sterry says:

    I love the way you weave your stories into quilting.I don’t machine quilt but you inspire me to want to learn that.Hopefully I’lldo it one day.

  6. Paige says:

    Yvonne, congratulations on your pattern release. I also love a quilt with meaning! I like the quilting with the overlapping clam shells. Beacon is beautiful along with the photography!

  7. Very very nice love your backgrounds….ty for shareing….

  8. Jayne Willis says:

    Stunning! The design stands out just like a beacon! I am in love with the quilting! The back is especially amazing…It is so cool! Congrats everything!

  9. Liz says:

    Love the shot on the green hills! The quilt glows!

  10. Lara B. says:

    It’s gorgeous Yvonne! I was so curious to see how you created the effect of light beaming out from the orange Torch colored pieces and just LOVE the close up view with your dense matchstick quilting. The photographs you took are dramatic and wonderful! Your husband’s was fun to see too and made me smile, thinking about all the spouses who do this for their quilters.

  11. Renee says:

    I love the colors you chose, and the quilting takes this quilt from interesting to really amazing. I’m so looking forward to seeing everyone else’s finished quilts this week!

  12. Every part of this quilt is amazing, Yvonne! While reading your post, I get to feel some of the emotions that you feel while doing a quilt from start to finish. You have such a marvelous way of connecting with the whole project and sharing it with words also. Thank you, it is a wonderful and spectacular journey each and every time…but I know I really loved the journey with this beauty! Have a fantastic creative day

  13. Audrey says:

    That picture of the quilt among the hills–so stunning! I’m so excited for you! Congrats!

  14. Hannah says:

    Your quilts are such an inspiration to me. You know just what I want in a quilt! I love this so much and all the thought you put into each little detail. It makes me want to get up and go quilt asap! 🙂

  15. Jasmine says:

    This is such a beautiful quilt! And your photographs are phenomenal. I especially like how the beacon is pointing to your husband in the last picture. I love how the back of the quilt turned out as well.

  16. Cathy says:

    That looks like it was a really fun photo shoot! Love it!

  17. quiltyhabit says:

    Wow, that ORANGE!! I love how you quilted different parts densely. Congrats on finishing the pattern and this gorgeous quilt!!

  18. Lisa says:

    I love your minimalist quilt and I’m looking forward to seeing the other versions. you did a wonderful job with the quilting as well, taking the time to reload the quilt was worth it. It’s a great inspirational story that goes with this quilt.

  19. The quilting is fabulous Yvonne, and the way the pattern is defined on the back is such a cool bonus! Congrats on another great quilt and pattern, and thanks for sharing this on MCM!

  20. aquilterstable says:

    This turned out lovely and full of meaning. I adore the quilting you did on it!

  21. Little Black Cat Quilting says:

    I love how the quilting shows on the back, that’s absolutely awesome! Also, love the outtake of your husband battling the wind, too funny! 🙂

  22. Wow! This is an amazing piece. The quilting is just so perfect. I love me some Torch! That must have been a lot of quilting for it to show so well on the back. Is this for you?

  23. janequiltsslowly says:

    Lovely quilt. Inspired design. Perfect execution. An amazing expression of your journey as a quilter. It’s a treasure.

  24. RuthB says:

    Fun take on the subject – love the photo against the hills – stunning view and suits the quilt perfectly! Congrats on a great pattern release!

  25. springleafstudios says:

    Congratulations on the new pattern. Love the story of the inner light. It’s such a nice image. Good thing your husband had a strong grip on the quilt or it might have taken a swim.

  26. I love this quilt, especially the story behind it, and wow, you do live in a beautiful part of the world, wind and surf included! 🙂

  27. kittywilkin says:

    Congratulations, Yvonne!! It has been fun to see this quilt grow through sneak peeks, and it is a beautiful design. I love how you’ve included telling your own story in the quilt, and your photo shoot looked like quite the adventure!! <3 Best of luck with it!

  28. Jennifer says:

    Amazing pattern, quilt, and quilting. Your work is stupendous as well as your pictures. 🙂

  29. Kate Heads says:

    It’s another winner, and I love the Outtake pic. Have to finish Red Herring first though.


  30. Congrats on another great pattern. I really love how your orange matchstick quilting added such dimension to the overall design of the quilt. From a distance, I originally thought it was fabric that was pieced into the design.

  31. Emilee says:

    It looks beautiful and I have been enjoying seeing the testers versions as well. Congrats on a new pattern release!

  32. Love the quilting on this!! That orange really pops. Congrats on the release 🙂

  33. What a gorgeous pattern!! Congratulations ! Love the quilting :))

  34. Laura says:

    Wow, that’s a really interesting quilt! Finalising a pattern is such an achievement – well done!

  35. Gorgeous! I love the impact of the orange quilting!

  36. Donna says:

    Love your story of the quilt, I to find comfort and pleasure in creating with my sewing.
    Love how you quilted with orange thread. Would love your pattern to make this for my son as a house warming gift.

  37. It’s a beautiful pattern, Yvonne, and the quilting is amazing. I love that the quilting is so dense that the pattern shows up on the back too. The outtake picture is pretty great too! Congratulations on the pattern release.

  38. Wow. This quilt is amazing, as I find all of your quilts are. I truly love how you use the quilt to convey a story–especially one with so much meaning. The quilting is amazing. I am truly in awe of your work!

  39. Sophie says:

    Stunning quilt and photoshoot ! I love your orange quilting.

  40. Sandra says:

    That second photo is my favourite, outtake and all. This is such an unusual pattern, with tons of room for inspiring FMQ yeah baby. 🙂 In that second photo, it looks like there is an orange cellophane overlay where you did the orange matchstick quilting, SUCH a cool effect. Love that blue background. Would you stop already with the Kona blues you’re tempting me with? lol

  41. It is so lovely to see you continue to develop patterns. You have quite an impressive portfolio of designs now!
    I love the last photo with the hills in the background. We don’t have scenery like that near here. The windy outtake looks more like my world!

  42. ann grenfell says:

    what a statement that is I really appreciate the thought that has gone into this quilt… love the colours and placement well done

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