Sometimes, a quilt tells you what it wants. Different colors, specific quilting motifs, a particular binding; whatever the case may be. Sesen has taught me that sometimes quilt patterns can tell you what they need to be. Today, after taking the time to really listen to what the quilt had to teach me, I am really pleased to be able to offer a digital quilt pattern for Sesen. The pattern offers three sizes (baby, lap or queen) AND the pattern includes instructions for a Sequenced quilt, a bonus quilt option for the large scraps created in piecing.
Fabrics & Materials
For the cover quilt, I used Kona Natural for the background and quilt backing, Fabric A is Kona Papaya, Fabric B is Kona Kumquat, and Fabric C and the binding is Kona Coral. I used Quilter’s Dream Dream Green batting. For the quilting, I paired 50wt Aurifil 2000 (Light Sand) with Kona Natural, 50wt Aurifil 2277 (Light Orange Red) with Kona Coral, 50wt Aurifl 1133 (Bright Orange) with Kona Kumquat, and 50wt Aurifil 2145 (Yellow Orange) with Kona Papaya.
For the quilting, I used a 1″ spacing to create a crosshatch over the background and echo quilted around the piecing with matching thread. You can read all about my quilting motif selection process here:
Sesen Pattern Details
Deep dive into intermediate to advanced curved piecing techniques to create a beautiful Sesen quilt. The pattern will guide you through creating inset seams along with intermediate to advanced curved piecing techniques. I also offer the Sesen Skill Builder Bundle (more details about the bundle are included below) so that you can practice the inset seams and curves before tackling the larger Sesen quilt pattern.
Sesen means lotus flower and is a symbol of the sun, creation, and rebirth. Kindle your creativity with this modern, graphic quilt design!
Sizing / Finished Measurements
Baby: 36″ x 36″ (40″ x 50″ bonus quilt)
Lap: 72″ x 72″ (60″ x 80″ bonus quilt)
Queen: 96″ x 108″ (60″ x 80″ bonus quilt)
Templates and Template Preparation
I work with acrylic templates when I am piecing curves, but I know that not all templates are the same and not everyone has templates. When cutting the concave and convex shapes, you may use templates included at the end of the PDF on pages 20-21 or standard 6ʺ finished / 6½ʺ unfinished Drunkard’s Path acrylic templates (I personally use templates from Jen Carlton-Bailly). Note: If you have your own set of Drunkard’s Path acrylic templates, I recommend printing out the templates from pages 20-21 and verifying that your templates match the concave and convex shapes suggested for the pattern.
- I find a smaller 28mm rotary cutter ideal for cutting curves in combination with acrylic rulers. This is totally optional. A 45mm rotary cutter will also work very well.
- 12½ʺ square ruler or larger
Sequenced Bonus Quilt
By reserving the large scraps in the Sesen pattern as noted, if you are making a baby size version of Sesen, with an additional 2¼ yards of background fabric, 2¾ yards of backing fabric, and ½ yard of binding fabric, you can make a 40″ x 50″ Sequenced Bonus quilt*. If you are making a lap or queen size version of Sesen, with an additional 4 yards of background fabric, 5 yards of backing fabric, and ⅝ yard of binding fabric, you can make a 60″ x 80″ Sequenced Bonus quilt (shown above with Kona Purple as the background, backing, and binding). Instructions for the bonus quilt are included in the Sesen pattern.
*Note that the baby version of Sequenced is a slightly different design than the larger version.
I would like to thank Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs for her technical editing, advice, and consultation throughout the pattern writing and quilting process.
I made the first version of Sesen in a lovely blue and yellow colorway on commission. I used Kona Cottons in Blueprint (background, and backing), Periwinkle (piecing and binding), Canary, and Maize. For the piecing, quilting, and attaching the binding, I used 50wt Aurifil 2725 (light wedgewood), which blends in beautifully with the Kona Periwinkle. I used a quick all over stipple for the quilting. It left the quilt soft, cuddly, and full of wonderful drape after it was washed the first time (note the photo above was taken pre-wash).
Sesen Skill Builder Bundle
The Sesen Skill Builder Bundle is the perfect compliment of 3 digital patterns that will guide you through creating beautiful inset circles and inset seams with lower risk block and mini quilt patterns so that you can piece the Sesen quilt pattern with confidence! Start by making a Cathedral Star Block to master full inset circles, and then move on to make a Playful Partial Seams block or mini quilt so that you will feel confident and ready to tackle all the techniques in the Sesen pattern.