2017 Finished Quilts, Quilt Theory, Quilts

Skydust Quilt {Pattern Test}

As I mentioned yesterday, I really feel like Collection 3 for Quilt Theory is something special. As noted in one of Cheryl Brickey’s Quilt Theory Designer Corner Posts, a big part of the pattern development process of Quilt Theory is in physically testing the patterns for each other. For Collection 3, I had the pleasure of pattern testing Skydust for Stephanie Palmer.



Pattern testing can be creating one test block, but I loved Stephanie’s pattern so much that I made 6 blocks (I was limited by the amount of ombre fabric that I selected to use).



I pieced the quilt top using 50wt Aurifil 2600 (Dove). For the quilting, I used 50wt 1148 (Light Jade) over the green ombre blocks and in the green “ghost” blocks in the negative space, 2740 (Dark Cobalt) over the blue ombre blocks and in the blue “ghost” blocks in the negative space), and 2420 (White) in the background. Finally, for the binding I used 50wt 2835 (Medium Mint) for my first ever flanged binding!



My husband and I took a drive along the Oregon coast this summer, and Skydust came along for the journey.



You can read more details about Skydust from Stephanie or check out all of the Quilt Theory Patterns.

Skydust - Tula Pink Backing

Skydust – Tula Pink Backing

Many thanks to Cheryl Brickey from Meadow Mist Designs (check out her Collection 3 design, Up The Ladder!) for sending me this awesome Tula Pink print that worked perfectly as the backing for Skydust!



My version of Skydust finished at 39.5-inches wide by 49.5-inches tall.

Linking up with TGIFF and Finish It Friday.

37 thoughts on “Skydust Quilt {Pattern Test}

  1. Lynne Nicholson UK says:

    I adore the Tula Pink Slow and Steady backing. I’m designing a snail trail quilt with fussy cut squares as a centre of an alternate block (as a replacement for the four small squares) because when I left school my first job in a lab was snail breeding!!
    Lynne Nicholson UK

  2. Ruthruth says:

    That is gorgeous – well done to you all! I love reading about your successful collaboration and the great designs you are creating.

  3. Kate says:

    It’s gorgeous! Love the photos too.

  4. patty says:

    Beautiful quilt. I really love the ghost blocks you added. And what a beautiful location for a quilt photo shoot!

  5. What a gorgeous colourway you chose for a beautiful pattern!! Well done :)

  6. That quilting is amazing! Would love to see a close up sometime! Way to go, Quilt Theory team. :)

  7. Paula S. Pike says:

    You just continue to amaze me with the diversity and beauty of your quilt designs.

  8. Laura says:

    Love this use of ombre fabrics.

  9. nan says:

    I like the ombre part of your quilt. Backing fabric is perfect for it. Great back drop for your photos.

  10. Lea says:

    Wow! What a fabulous quilt. I like how you did the ghost blocks. You are knocking them out of the park these days. Beautifully done.

  11. Pam L says:

    Yvonne, I love this! The colors and the quilting effects are beautiful! It really has a three dimensional depth to the shapes. I love watching your work as you explore the quilting world.

  12. This is pretty! Those softer colors make my heart mush. Maybe because the blocks and color combo give a sense of transparency too. Really nice work, and the photo spot looks idyllic.

  13. kittywilkin says:

    I love this tester version SO MUCH! Such a beautiful color palette, and the ombre fabrics give it such a great visual effect. Lovely, Yvonne <3 I'm so grateful to be a part of the Quilt Theory team with you!

  14. Beautiful, the shading from dark to palest, the quilting, and the photo shoot settings. Driftwood, sand and sea, you couldn’t ask for more .I love it.

  15. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Yvonne; I am so glad that I took the time to stop by this morning (my Dad is not doing any better at all) to see another one of your spectacular quilts. Stephanie has definitely created a winning quilt pattern! I love the fabrics that you chose to use in creating this, it is just so gorgeous! My Oh My, how I wish I had your special talent for picking the perfect fabrics for these quilts! You Are Awesome!!!! Thank You for sharing. Just have to ask, because I do not remember…Did you just fall in Love with the scenery at the Oregon Coast? Being from Wyoming some 32 years ago, I still love to go to the Oregon Coast and discover new little hideaway places to pull over and see all of the beauty or get access to the shores. Have a great day!

  16. Diane says:

    Oh my goodness, I love the colors you used – it’s absolutely beautiful.

  17. Carie says:

    oh wow I love the use of the ombre fabrics – it’s like a whisp of cloud that fades away at the edges :)

  18. Continuing the design into the negative space with the quilting and using the colored thread is clever. Great job!

  19. Izzy says:

    What great use of the ombre fabric! And I just love the “ghost” blocks quilted with the coloured threads! Brilliant!

  20. Jayne says:

    It is stunning Yvonne! It’s amazing how one design can look so different depending on the fabrics! Love it!

  21. Kathleen McCormick says:

    I do love your version and this quilt is gorgeous. I love the ombre fabric and have a stash…maybe I had a plan and maybe this is changing my plan!

  22. saija says:

    It’s beautiful!!!

  23. What a beautiful test quilt. I love the subtle colors and quilting which emphasizes the design.

  24. Rita Long says:

    I love this design and the colors you used.

  25. This is a great pattern. I love the colours you used.

  26. kaholly says:

    So, so pretty! I enjoyed the photo shoot!

  27. I’ve kept this post open in my browser for a few days wanting to respond but being too busy or too tired. I just skimmed the other comments, and I’m right there with the everyone else. Your collaboration as a team continues to payoff big time, and those of us in the modern quilting world are so fortunate to be reaping the benefits. I love the use of the ombre fabrics with Stephanie’s pattern. And such beautiful pics. I need some beach time in my near future!

  28. I love the ghost block quilting! Nicely done all around.

  29. Elsie Bulva says:


  30. Lovely, Yvonne! Congratulations on your Quilt Theory success!!

  31. Helen says:

    My favourite colours going on here . White , blue and teal . And your photos are wonderful. How lovely to have that stretch of coast on your doorstep

  32. The fabric choices you made with this quilt are lovely – it has an ethereal quality. Well done. Great design by Stephanie too.

  33. Kaja says:

    What a clever choice of fabrics, Yvonne. That, plus the ghost quilting give this a real feeling of delicacy.

  34. sue7oaks says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! A beautiful colour combination that so matches with the photo setting. I love the quilting design too – all round stunning

  35. Came here to catch up on WT, but HAD to go see this beauty! Love it and the photo shoot too–one of the shots I took of my mum’s quilt, which isn’t in my post (which is scheduled for tomorrow am) is on sand against grasses on the Lake Erie Shore. Great minds, huh? Especially love the ghost geese.

  36. Elizabeth E. says:

    Beautiful! The pattern is enhanced by your quilting, adding to the strength of the artistry of this quilt. Glad you two got away!

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