I have been having so much fun over the past two months making Meringue and Garden Peony, and today the Meringue pattern is now available for you to make your own versions of these quilts!
The pattern offers three sizes (baby, lap or queen) AND the pattern includes instructions for Garden Peony, a bonus quilt option in three sizes for the large scraps created in piecing.
This post is going to have a lot of photos, graphics, and information, so let’s dive in!
Fabrics & Materials
For the Meringue cover quilt, I used the following Kona Cotton and coordinating 50wt Aurifil thread:
- Background: Kona Oyster – Aurifil 2000 (Light Sand)
- Fabric A: Kona Mustard – Aurifil 2130 (Medium Butter)
- Fabric B: Kona Ochre – Aurifil 2140 (Orange Mustard)
- Fabric C: Kona Gold – Aurifil 2210 (Caramel)
- Fabric D: Kona Spice – Aurifil 2350 (Copper)
- Fabric E: Kona Brown – Aurifil 2360 (Chocolate)
When piecing Meringue, you are left with large scraps of Background, Fabric A, Fabric C, and Fabric E (scraps from the baby size are shown above). I opted to pair these scraps with additional yardage of Fabric D, and I used the same coordinating 50wt Aurifil thread I selected and used for the Meringue quilt for quilting the Garden Peony quilt (from L to R in above photo):
- Meringue Background Scraps: Kona Oyster – paired with Aurifil 2000 (Light Sand)
- Meringue Fabric A Scraps: Kona Mustard – paired with Aurifil 2130 (Medium Butter)
- Meringue Fabric C Scraps: Kona Gold – paired with Aurifil 2210 (Caramel)
- Meringue Fabric E Scraps: Kona Brown – paired with Aurifil 2360 (Chocolate)
- Garden Peony Additional Background (not pictured above) Meringue Fabric D: Kona Spice – paired with Aurifil 2350 (Copper)
For me, it is fun, satisfying, and exciting to bring a quilt to life with the quilting. If you are interested in learning about my process for creating the quilting design for Meringue and Garden Peony, I have several in depth blog posts about them:
Even better, I’ve included a full page for each quilt in the Meringue pattern with a large photo that shows my overall quilting and a description of the quilting plan I followed for each quilt.
Meringue Pattern Details
Meringue is the perfect pattern to use to explore value and have some curved piecing fun. The Meringue digital quilt pattern includes a “bonus quilt” that uses up the large leftover scraps from piecing Meringue to create the Garden Peony design. Both quilts are offered in 3 sizes: baby, lap, and queen, and the pattern includes the needed curve piecing templates, a coloring page, a page for each quilt dedicated to detailed information on how the sample quilts were quilted, and quarter circle templates that I used to mark the quilting lines.
Sizing / Finished Measurements
Baby: 36″ x 36″ (40″ x 40″ bonus quilt)
Lap: 72″ x 72″ (80″ x 80″ bonus quilt)
Queen: 96″ x 96″ (96″ x 96″ bonus quilt)
For the cover quilts, I made the baby size. My Meringue quilt finished at 36″ square and my Garden Peony quilt finished at 39″ square (note that neither quilt has been washed yet).
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 19-20 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 19-20 and verifying that your templates match the concave and convex shapes suggested for the pattern.
When you print and cut out the templates from pages 19-20, make sure that the scaling is set to 100% or Actual Size before you print. Measure the 1ʺ square on the template page with one of your quilting rulers to make sure that the templates are printed to the correct size. You may use the printed templates and a fabric marking device of your choice or using template material, trace the paper templates onto the material to create your own templates.
In addition, I have included the quarter circle templates I used to create marking templates for my quilting plans on page 21.
- 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
Garden Peony Bonus Quilt
By reserving the large scraps in the Meringue pattern as noted, if you are making a baby size version of Meringue, with an additional 1⅝ yards of background fabric, 2¾ yards of backing fabric, and ½ yard of binding fabric, you can make a 40″ x 40″ Garden Peony bonus quilt (shown above with Kona Spice as the background, backing, and binding).
If you are making a lap or queen size version of Meringue, with an additional 5¼ yards of background fabric, 7½ yards of backing fabric, and ¾ yard of binding fabric, you can make an 80″ x 80″ Garden Peony bonus quilt OR with an additional 7⅝ yards of background fabric, 8¾ yards of backing fabric, and ⅞ yard of binding fabric, you can make a 96″ x 96″ Garden Peony bonus quilt.
Instructions for the bonus quilt are included in the Meringue pattern.
I would like to thank Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs for her technical editing, advice, and consultation throughout the pattern writing and quilting process.
In the Meringue pattern, the illustrations will be shown in this blue alternate colorway. The mockups shown above and pattern illustrations were made using Kona Cottons in White (Background), Blue Bell (Fabric A), Blue Jay (Fabric B), Harbor (Fabric C), Blueprint (Fabric D), and Storm (Fabric E).
And just like for the cover quilt samples I made, I think that additional Fabric D (Blueprint) makes a great background choice for the Garden Peony bonus quilt.
Sewtopia has put together two lap size fabric kits for Meringue, in the cool and warm colorway, so be sure to hop over and pick up your kit before they sell out!
Note that the fabric kits are for the quilt top only (they do not contain backing or binding) and they do not contain the extra background yardage needed to piece the Garden Peony bonus quilt.
Below are two Pinterest pins for you to choose from so you can save this post and come back to read more about Meringue and Garden Peony whenever you like.
Pattern Release Sale
The 22-page Meringue digital quilt pattern is on sale for $12 through Sunday, June 19th. I look forward to seeing your beautiful versions!
7 thoughts on “Meringue (& Bonus Garden Peony) Pattern Release”
These are such beautiful patterns. I love that you included a bonus pattern. And your quilt photography is gorgeous—so incredibly lush!
What beautiful quilts! They look awesome in the background of the Hawaiian green. Congrats on two beautiful project in one!
Yay that release day is finally here! I’ve really enjoyed watching this pair come together! I love how they coordinate, too, both in design and fabric choices. Totally admire your quilting as always and what they bring to each piece….especially in Meringue – that outline of the focal design as well as your grid quilting – both ‘straight’ and angles. Absolutely beautiful!
Once again, beautiful work! The quilting is just fantastic! I need more time to make all the patterns that catch my eye!
Gorgeous work, and such pretty photos!
I need help. I am cutting my meringue quilt and, at the Piecing, Curve star blocks section cannot figure out what to do next. Any thought to doing some tutorials? I am getting ready to put this away in frustration
I’m sorry to hear that the instructions are leaving you feeling frustrated. I have a step by step photo tutorial for piecing curve star blocks here:
That tutorial should follow the steps in the pattern pretty well and you can use the illustrations in the pattern as needed along the way.