Wild Soul pattern release!

Aaaah – it’s here!!

Late Friday night, I finished up binding my Wild Soul quilt in preparation to take it with us to Leadville to see a friend ride in a skijoring competition.

It’s okay, I’ll wait while you google it.

Rad, huh?

Anyway, it was such a fun day! I asked my husband if he wouldn’t mind holding up my quilt for a few pictures in front of the mountains on the way home. The views were stunning – I couldn’t take a quilt named “Wild Soul” into the heart of Colorado and NOT take a landscape photo, right?!

Except it’s March in the high country – the first place we stopped we both sank up to our THIGHS in snow! I was laughing too hard to take a decent photo – Ryan wasn’t tall enough to hold the quilt with half of his body buried! The rest of the ride back to the interstate was spent going – “There!! Quick, pull over!! No – there!! Aww, you missed it – there!! Stop stop stop! That looks good!!” But we managed to get some fun pictures, I double checked some math, and without further ado – I’d like to introduce Wild Soul!

  • Jelly roll, fat quarter, fat eighth, or scrap friendly pattern
  • Fast and easy chain piecing
  • No Y-seams – clever piecing makes this simpler than it looks
  • Nested seams for perfect points
  • No waste!

Finished size: 63″ x 76″

Skill level: Intermediate/confident beginner

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I began designing quilt patterns because I wanted to gift a quilt to someone so special, I felt like anything less just wouldn’t do. To design a quilt for another person is my ultimate labor of love – my whole heart, creativity, and lots of time go into selecting the right design. All the while, I’m thinking of this person – what makes them special, things they enjoy, time spent with them – every stitch in the quilt is a memory brought to life.

Naming the quilt is the final nod to those memories.

Wild Soul was a pattern I designed for myself – for the first time, I wasn’t designing for another person or with specific constraints. It was so liberating, honestly, and I enjoyed every bit of letting my creative side just play.

All the while, though, I was still thinking about someone special.

In between the initial sketches and the final seam, my mother and I went on a trip together to Ely, Minnesota. For thirty years, Mom has wanted to go dog sledding – and I was the only person crazy enough to go with her! You see, my mom and I share what my family affectionately calls our “adventure shoes”. They’ve taken us all over the US and beyond, sharing a inner desire to see and do – never rest, never sit down – always planning the next adventure.

Our adventures look very different nowadays – Mom likes to travel in her Volkswagen bus and visit historic places. I like to be on top of mountains and canyons and sleep outside. Not to mention, we are different people! She’s a kind, conservative, rural woman who raised her babies and retired, now running the family business. I’m a young suburban wife now, living 1000 miles away from the rest of my family with no children, and the “bleeding liberal” of the bunch! Sometimes, I feel as different as oil and water.

But as I sewed this quilt – this quilt I love – I reflected on our time together in the Northwoods. As we mushed our dog teams together with the biggest smiles on our cold faces I remembered that I am her daughter, and she is my mother. We aren’t as different as it seems at times. Among so many other things, we share a bond deeper than any other I’ve known.

But my favorite thing we share…is our wild souls.

I hope you love this quilt as much as I do!

Fabric: Indie Folk by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics

Quilted by: Abby Latimer of Latimer Lane Quilting

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