Union Jack Quilt for Mackenzie

So I finally finished the Union Jack Quilt I made for my daughter Mackenzie’s 13th Birthday – which was all the way back in January (it’s now August :-P).

It wasn't for a lack of trying – just too much to do over the past few months – with my son graduating high school and leaving for college – but that's a whole other post! Now time to focus on all of those unfinished projects...

The pattern I used for this quilt was the Lizzie B Cre8ive  - I Heart London – Quilt Pattern which you can purchase from her website here.

I’m going to be honest – this pattern is not for the faint of heart!  It calls for 12 different fat quarters and ¼ yard each of 24 different fabrics – which can be a challenge if you don’t already have the fabrics in your stash.  

I chose to narrow the color scheme of my quilt to four different colors to match my daughter’s room which we redecorated for her birthday last year, which has a Paris, London New York theme in Turquoise, Black, white and Lime Green for an accent color. While it was challenging to find different fabrics in the right colors - I was excited to find fabrics with some of her favorite things like elephants and musical notes for her love of singing.

I also didn't make the quilt as big as the pattern calls for – I think It’s about three rows shorter than what the pattern calls for.  

As for the binding – I originally had chosen a black and white fabric with peace signs but I hated the way it looked – so I ended up improvising and making the binding from leftover strips. 

I really like the way it turned out and my daughter was happy to finally receive her birthday present!  Oh well at least she got it while she was still 13!  J

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