Shimmer Quilt Pattern, Cluck Cluck Sew

Grab those sunglasses….’cause this quilt is BRIGHT!  It’s also my current favorite…which I say every time…but really, I love this one, brightness and all.  

Shimmer Quilt

This quilt is a different version of Wallflowers, with smaller 14″ blocks and no sashing.  I’ve wanted to make this version for years…right after I made the first.  The block is a traditional Castle Wall block, which is normally English Paper Pieced, or is made with 5 templates and a lot of Y seams.   This version has no Y seams (yay!), no templates (double yay!) and is actually pretty easy to put together (another yay!) despite it looking kinda hard. 

Shimmer Quilt Pattern

All but maybe one fabric in this is Cotton and Steel, mostly from the new Picnic collection from Melody Miller, in stores now.  Some of the prints are big…but pairing them with some near solids and less busy prints evens them out (a bit!).  

This one was quilted by Melissa with the modern twist pattern.  

Shimmer Quilt Close up, Cluck Cluck Sew

Even though I love the way this one turned out I’m kicking myself for not making it in Hazel (which comes out this month… finally!).  WHAT was I thinking???!!!  To be fair to myself I ran out of my sample yardage…so I have to wait a couple more weeks to get more, but still…this quilt would be SO good in Hazel.  I even made a quickie mock up: 

Shimmer in Hazel

The cover quilt is a Twin size (30 blocks) and the mock up above is  Throw size (20 blocks).  The pattern also includes a Baby size (9 blocks square) and a Queen and King size.  

Shimmer Quilt Pattern

The pattern for Shimmer is in my shop, the PDF is available now and the paper will be here in a few days to send out. 

Shimmer Quilt

I’m sure going to miss these summer nights at the beach while the big boys fish.  

Thank you for your kind words about the Mini Quilts!  It’s nerve wracking to put so much time into something and not know how it will be received…so thank you for your ongoing support and quilt love, it means the world!   




46 Responses to Shimmer

  1. Ada September 8, 2015 at 10:49 pm #

    I love the bright colours and with this pattern they really stand out

  2. Hildy September 9, 2015 at 12:10 am #

    Love this quilt! I have the ‘original’ Wallflower version but never made it … now I’m tempted to make this one:-)

    • Allison September 9, 2015 at 12:12 am #

      It would be really easy to make the original Wallflowers into this….just make the corner squares HST’s and leave out the sashings! ;)

  3. terri September 9, 2015 at 1:24 am #

    You have done it again. Another incredible pattern I have to add to my project board. I too see it in your HAZEL fabric.But Halloween would be spooktacular.Thank you for sharing your talent and quilting passion with all of us..

    • Allison September 9, 2015 at 8:21 am #

      Oh man Terri….now all I can think about is making this in Halloween fabrics! Such a good idea!!!

  4. Helen LeBrett September 9, 2015 at 2:42 am #

    So pretty!! And I’m waiting for Hazel: it looks wonderful and I can’t wait to see it for real!! Hugs, H

  5. Stacey Gonzalez September 9, 2015 at 5:12 am #

    Love your style of quilting. I love how complex this quilt appears. The colors are amazing.

  6. NeverJustJennifer September 9, 2015 at 5:35 am #

    what a great finish. I love the bright colors all together!

  7. happyquiltingmelissa September 9, 2015 at 6:14 am #

    Love, Love Love this Quilt!!!!!

  8. Carrie Wikanderr September 9, 2015 at 6:25 am #

    This is drop dead gorgeous – love it! Great job!

  9. Debbie Miner September 9, 2015 at 7:23 am #

    Funny how the next collection can sometimes look better than the last :-) Love the pattern!!

  10. Erika September 9, 2015 at 9:13 am #

    the colours you chose are beautiful! i love how colourful it is!xxx

    Erika | Just That DIY

  11. Pam September 9, 2015 at 9:22 am #

    This is beautiful, love the last photo…

  12. Pam September 9, 2015 at 10:51 am #

    Love the colors of the fabrics you selected and love the Shimmer design!

  13. Jennifer S. September 9, 2015 at 11:06 am #

    Brilliant Allison! This is stunning!

  14. Darcy September 9, 2015 at 12:35 pm #

    I’m going to need you to offer a bulk discount if you’re going to release a bunch of awesome patterns all at once! LOVE!

  15. Aileen September 9, 2015 at 1:40 pm #

    Holy wow! As soon as I saw the pic I recognised that it was all,cotton and steel and it looks fabulous. Looks like you’re going to have to make another one! Lovely work.

  16. Jude Jones September 9, 2015 at 8:38 pm #

    Oh Al, this is fab! you knocked it out of the park! i will have to get this!!! 👍

  17. Melissa Reilly September 9, 2015 at 9:48 pm #

    No Y? No templates? Must try it – and thanks for the mini tutorial on fabric combining. It works beautifully.

  18. Judith Blinkenberg September 9, 2015 at 10:36 pm #

    My Wallflowers quilt is almost done but I love this one even better! Another fantastic pattern, and I know how to ale it now!

  19. Carie September 10, 2015 at 1:16 am #

    Oh isn’t it gorgeous!! And I think you’re going to have to make one in Hazel too because it’s just too pretty not to!

  20. Rebecca Grace September 10, 2015 at 3:08 am #

    What a coincidence — this is MY favorite quilt now, too! :-) Love, love, LOVE it! Great block, gorgeous happy fabrics, it makes me happy just looking at it. And I’m so intrigued that you did it without Y seams!

  21. Jamie September 10, 2015 at 5:53 am #

    Fat quarter shop needs to have both of these as quilt kits!!!!!!!!

    • Allison September 10, 2015 at 10:27 am #

      I just emailed FQS all the info Jamie! I had to make a couple of fabric substitutions but I like it even better with them! :)

      • Cindy Lou (@cindylou1381) September 12, 2015 at 10:13 pm #

        Do you have a list of the fabrics you used or is FQS going to sell this as a kit?

      • Allison September 13, 2015 at 9:50 pm #

        Cindy I haven’t listed all the fabrics…but all but one of them are Cotton and Steel on the FQS or Hawthorne Threads website (you can look under all the CS fabrics). Most of the main prints of this are from the Picnic Collection for CS by Melody Miller. Thanks!

  22. Katie Belle September 10, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

    Just added another quilt to my “one day” list! I’ll be watching Fat Quarter Shop for the kits. Can you please tell me how you made the Hazel mock-up? Did you use quilting software?

    • Allison September 10, 2015 at 5:23 pm #

      Hi Katie! I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my quilt mock ups. :)

  23. Lois Stephens September 10, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

    Great beach shot:))

  24. Candy Radford September 10, 2015 at 3:30 pm #

    Oh my gosh!!! I love, love, love this quilt! I had to comment before I rush to purchase it. Thanks!

    • Allison September 10, 2015 at 5:23 pm #

      Thank you Candy! Happy quilting!

  25. Jana September 12, 2015 at 12:06 am #

    I think, the picture of this beautiful quilt hanging on the driftwood, the beach behinderte it…May be one of the., make that THE most wonderful quilt pictures EVER. I think about printing it and hanging it on my sewingroom wall. …to adore it daily and for Inspiration and just because ;)

    I’m Jana from Germany and I spent the last 2 weeks reading your whole blog. It’s so bright, happy and inspirational, thank you!!!

  26. Peggy September 12, 2015 at 10:32 am #

    So beautiful!

  27. Marla Whalen September 13, 2015 at 9:44 am #

    My next ‘new start’ (my UFOs are giving me the side-eye)–who knows when that will be–is going to be a Castle Wall done the *hard* way (I like hand piecing, good while watching TV). I love how you’ve broken the design down from something a lot of quilters would never attempt to something that is very do-able. That’s awesome, and the finished quilt looks great.

    • Allison September 13, 2015 at 9:51 pm #

      Good for you Marla that’s awesome! I’d love to attempt a “real” castle wall someday too!

  28. Mary Willis September 14, 2015 at 7:29 pm #

    Just received my patterns for Shimmer and the Mini quilts! Sew excited to start on them!! 🎉👍😀

  29. Cindy September 15, 2015 at 5:56 am #

    Absolutely beautiful and your pictures are too!!:)

  30. Cindy October 14, 2015 at 4:01 pm #

    I can’t thank you enough for posting a binding tutorial! Having the photos next to me ensured I would finally get the corners correctly sewn!

  31. Paula November 1, 2015 at 3:44 pm #

    This quilt is stunning! Beautiful! I love you colour combinations, but I can imagine a few more … I don’t think one could make it look bad …

  32. Laura Bishop May 4, 2017 at 2:45 pm #

    I’m making this quilt now, using all Kaffe Fassett fabrics. I’m afraid it might be too busy, with some “shimmers” a little less defined. No doubt it will be colorful!!! Is there a gallery of finished quilts somewhere? I’m thinking of doing this in blue and aqua batiks – hoping for a water like effect. So, I’m hoping to see something similar…. Thanks!

    • Allison May 8, 2017 at 8:40 pm #

      I wish there was a gallery of this quilt! Try a shimmer quilt hashtag maybe on Instagram? I’m the worst at social media LOL.

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