If you are looking for a modern geometric quilt pattern, the Limelight Quilt pattern is perfect! Limelight is Fat Quarter friendly and great for the advanced beginner quilter, especially if you are looking to learn a few more skills and techniques.
The Limelight quilt pattern includes instructions for Baby, Throw, and Bed size quilts. You can use traditional fabric cutting methods with a rotary cutter, or follow along with the additional AccuQuilt-specific cutting instructions.
See more about the Limelight Quilt in this quick video:
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Limelight Quilt Pattern Sizes
The Limelight quilt pattern includes 3 complete sizes, and they’re all square quilts! The smallest size is baby size, and the quilt pattern goes up to Bed size by adding more blocks. The blocks are the same size in all quilt sizes.
- Baby Size: 40″ x 40″
- Throw Size: 72″ x 72″
- Queen Bed Size: 88″ x 88″
Difficulty of Making the Limelight Quilt
The Limelight quilt pattern is great for an advanced beginner quilter. If you’ve made a quilt before or are looking to improve and expand your skills, then this quilt will be a great one for you! The Limelight pattern features a few common traditional blocks that are great building blocks for any quilter.
Fabric Requirements for the Limelight Quilt Pattern
One of the many things I love about this modern quilt pattern is that it is perfect for using your Fat Quarters! In case you don’t already know, a Fat Quarter (FQ) is a piece of fabric that is typically 18″ x 21″ and is one of my personal favorite ways to buy fabrics.
Note for Baby Size: With a little focus and attention, the Baby Size Limelight Quilt Pattern can also use Fat Eights instead of Fat Quarters, but ONLY the 11″ x 18″ version of a Fat Eighth. (The 9″ x 21″ version will be too tight.)
AccuQuilt tip: If you are using AccuQuilt, you will need just a little extra background fabric, and it helps if your fat quarters are cut generously, but it’s not a requirement.
Techniques you’ll learn in the Limelight Quilt Pattern
The Limelight quilt pattern includes comprehensive step-by-step instructions filled with lots of diagrams to make a modern geometric quilt. I encourage you to shop your fabric collection and use up some Fat Quarters to make your Limelight Quilt.
The two main components of a Limelight Quilt Block are the Flying Geese Block and a Quarter Square Triangle block, which is also sometimes called an Hourglass Quilt Block. I have a few tutorials for you to help as you make your quilts!
My favorite Quilting Supplies and Notions
The Limelight quilt pattern is a pattern featuring traditional shapes, and is great for confident beginner quilters. You can use just your basic quilting tools to make this pattern.
Since some of the sewing involves stitching along the fabric bias, I highly recommend preparing your fabric with a starch or starch alternative. I personally prefer using Best Press on my fabric to get it more crisp and keep it from stretching while sewing on the bias. Best Press, starch, or any alternative to spray starch is helpful to keep your fabric from stretching while you are sewing or pressing. For best results, apply your starch to your fabric prior to pressing & cutting.
The basic rulers I’d recommend are a long ruler, like 8.5″ x 24″ and a square; my 6.5″ square ruler is super useful! If you want to make it a little easier, you might also consider investing in some extra tools, but they’re totally optional!
When it comes to more fancy rulers, I am a HUGE fan of the Stripology XL Ruler – I used mine to cut out all the strips for sashing, borders, and binding, and some of the squares too.
Alternatively, if you enjoy using AccuQuilt like I do, you’ll be happy to know that the Limelight pattern includes specific AccuQuilt fabric cutting instructions! The 8″ Mix and Match Qube is recommended for using AccuQuilt on the Limelight Quilt Pattern. It’s absolutely one of my favorite sets of dies and you definitely won’t regret adding it to your die collection if you don’t already have it!
Color Your Own Limelight Quilt
Did you know you can use your smart phone or tablet to digitally color your quilts? I use the ReColor App to come up with some new palettes to try! Simply download the blank coloring pages and screenshot the design for your desired quilt size, and then upload the image into your coloring app of choice.
Limelight Quilt Kits
I’ve put together a quilt kit so you can make your very own Limelight Quilt just like the quilt on the cover of the quilt pattern! These fabrics are so bold, vibrant, and fun! They truly make such a stunning quilt and I hope you love the colors as much as I do.
Instead of purchasing a complete quilt, the Limelight pattern is also great for grabbing a handful of Fat Quarters too!! The Throw size uses 8 Fat Quarters. Here are a few Fat Quarter bundle options available in my shop:
Pattern Tester Limelight Quilt Variations
I had a few wonderful quilt pattern testers for the Limelight quilt and I’m so excited to show you their versions!
Sarah from @thequiltywife made a gorgeous floral Baby Size Limelight Quilt.
Elise from @nursesneednaps made this stunning and bold baby Limelight Quilt!
My pattern tester Laura from @sharingseams made this bright blue and white baby size Limelight Quilt.
Feeling Inspired to Make Your Own Quilt?
Just grab the Limelight Pattern and some Fat Quarters and you’ll be ready to dive in!
Additional Versions for more Quilty Inspiration
I’ve personally made a few different Limelight quilts, and will include more details about each of them up on my blog. Check them out at the links below as they get posted:
- Vibrant Cover Quilt
- Ruby Star Society Backyard Limelight Quilt
- Baby Limelight Quilt