Spyglass | A Quilt Pattern

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The Cover Girl:

I’ve had this quilt pattern in my brain for a while, and then back in September 2019 I bought 8 Ruby Star Society fat quarters while at a quilt show, and I just knew they needed to be turned into a Spyglass quilt. Still, it took a little bit of time to be able to dedicate to pattern writing and testing, but I’m so glad all the stars finally collided, because I couldn’t love this quilt more if I tried.

Spyglass is a modern half square triangle quilt pattern that comes in three sizes: Baby (40″ x 40″), Throw (70″ x 70″), and Bed (100″ x 95″). It is labeled as a beginner-friendly quilt pattern but is a perfect project for any quilter!

The beauty of Spyglass is that the throw size quilt option uses only 8 fat quarters! The pieced blocks add an unexpected visual interest to the design. Although set on point, this quilt is created in a way that provides the quilter with minimal bias edges. I wanted this quilt to be as beginner-friendly as possible, and I knew that traditional bias edges mixed with traditional borders would have created a lot of frustration to beginner and experienced quilters alike. So, I created it differently! And I’m so proud of its construction and overall look.

Can you imagine how crinkly this quilt is going to be once I pop it into the washer? How lovely!

I decided to add a bit of interest to the binding by piecing in a small scrap of a different Ruby Star Society print. This one didn’t make it into the quilt itself but it matches so well! We could all use a few more stars.

I bound this quilt in my favorite method of big stitches using Aurifil 12 weight thread. Not only do I have a photo tutorial on my site, but I also have a video on this method! I cover supplies and all the how-to!

You can find Spyglass in PDF and paper format in my store! I have a wholesale section too, if you’re a shop that wants to carry Spyglass!

Tester Versions:

I have the best group of testers, and I’m always in awe of the quilts they produce! This round was no exception, every single Spyglass quilt has its own personality and they all turned out AMAZING!

Kasie’s bold blue background and bright solids Spyglass quilt is a feast for the eyes!
Coby made this bright and fun Spyglass quilt by mixing prints and solids
Charlene used a variety of woven cottons. I love the extra dimension it adds!
Hailey’s baby sized Spyglass quilt is so perfect for a new baby boy!
Laura made the throw size with a mix of solids and prints. I especially love the pop of the black and white print!
Emily’s baby sized Spyglass quilt has the perfect soft vintage feel!
Jen turned the throw size into a twin size Spyglass quilt by using 10 fat quarters instead of 8 and adding a few more rows. I love the Americana feel!
Ashley made the baby size and already got it quilted up! Her baby Spyglass quilt has such a great classic feel!
Sherry made a throw size Spyglass quilt using OG Cotton & Steel prints and it is so bright and fun!
Kate’s baby Spyglass with dark background and rounded edges? Chef’s kiss!
Erin made a baby sized Spyglass quilt in blues and greys! I love how all the prints play together!

4 thoughts on “Spyglass | A Quilt Pattern

  1. Hello–I purchased this pattern and it does not seem as beginner friendly as I anticipated. There are no instructions for how to do the back or the binding. There is information about how much fabric should be used for the back and the binding, but you do not explain the methods you used for this pattern. I am a true beginner and expected a beginner pattern to include this information–not just “layer, baste, and quilt” then “trim” then “bind quilt”–that is not very explanatory.

    1. Hello! You’ll find this to be common practice within the quilting industry – any pattern you buy, not just mine, will show you how to piece the top and then tell you to “Baste, quilt, and bind as desired”. The Beginner label with this pattern refers to the difficulty of piecing the top. I recommend looking on YouTube for some helpful basting, quilting, and binding videos.

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