Project Design Team Wednesday~Union Jack Crib Quilt

Posted by administrator on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Hello fabric friends. My name is Amy Smart and I write about my love of fabric and quilting at Diary of a Quilter. Today I am so excited to be working with Riley Blake's new Union Jack panels. After living in Great Britain twice for extended amounts of time, I am a die-hard Anglophile with an love for anything Union Jack. So you can imagine my excitement when Riley Blake created these awesome, pre-printed Union Jack panels.
One option is 9" x 11" flags printed as panels. There's a 'Blue' version with traditional colors (right), a pastel version (left) and a 'Black' version (not pictured).  
Another version is a 36" x 42" giant flag. I can't wait to come up with something for this guy.
Today I am going to show how to make this very simple, wonky Union Jack crib quilt called "Jacks are Wild" (because these flags are all slightly off-kilter).

Fabric Requirements:

12 Union Jack flag blocks (1 yard panel)
1 1/2 yards solid white fabric
3/8 yard binding fabric
1 5/8 yard backing fabric
Trim 12 flags to 9 1/2" x 11 1/2" (about 1/4" outside the flag).
From white fabric cut
  • one strip 11 1/2" x 42" (width of fabric), subcut into 16 strips 2 1/2" x 11 1/2"
  • one strip 12 1/2" x 42", subcut into 8 strips 2 1/2" x 11 1/2" and 12 strips 1 1/12" x 12 1/2"
  • five strips 2 1/2" x 42". Set aside for borders
From binding fabric cut
  • five strips 2 1/2" x 42". Set aside

For each block you will need two 2 1/2" x 11 1/2" strips and one 1 1/2" x 12 1/2" strip. First sew one 2 1/2" x 11 1/2" strip to a long side of the flag (A). Press seams away from flag. Sew second 2 1/2" x 11 1/2" strip (B) to short side of flag. Finally add 1 1/2" x 12 1/2" strip to remaining long side of flag.
This will create your 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" block. Repeat with all flags and remaining strips.
Layout flag blocks and rotate flags to create "wild", off-kilter design. Hint: I liked putting my block edge with no strip towards the outside edge where the boarder will go so that it would create more white space in the center of the quilt.
Sew flags into 4 rows, pressing seams one direction, alternating to the left on odd rows and to the right on even rows. Sew 4 rows together.
Use 2 1/2" strips and add white outside border. Here is my favorite method for adding quilt borders.
uilt as desired _ I chose just a simple stipple pattern to give the quilt texture, but not distract from the Union Jacks - and add binding.
If you prefer a "less-wonky" version, you could always cut out the blocks and sash them traditionally.
I've made a Union Jack quilt where I pieced each Union Jack. These pre-printed Union Jacks sure made the process a lot faster, but the variety of colors gives it the same visual interest.
 I also played with some of the panels to make some uber-cute, and really easy bags.
 Both bags above were made using this easy Fat Quarter Bag tutorial
Everything in the tutorial is the same, except I used a 12" x 20" panel and lining piece instead of 18" x 11". Everything else is exactly the same. These work up SO FAST. I think I'm going to make a bunch more for cute, trendy gifts for my daughter's friends. 
I'm having lots of fun coming up with a variety of uses for these Jacks. The possibilities are endless.

Category: Project Design Team Wednesday


  1. Wow Amy! Fantastic Job on showing the versatility of these panels. Love it all!
    by Cindy
    December 11th, 2013 at 9:14 p.m.
  2. Add this to my growing Christmas list, please!
    by Jana K
    December 12th, 2013 at 10:52 a.m.

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