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Life along the River Quilt tutorial

Free quilt pattern Life along the River

Quilt tutorial Life along the river

Life along the River batik quilt

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Free Quilt Pattern Lake Life

I used the Lake Life collection from Island Batik to make this quilt that will be a gift for my niece who just got married this week in Jamaica. The reception will be here at the end of the month.

The quilt is 56′ x 64″

Lake Life batik collection from Island Batik

I put flannel on the back of the quilt and also used Hobbs 80/20 batting so it should be a warm and comfy quilt. Perfect for them to use while watching television or they can take it with them when they go boating.

I had to wait a couple of days after I finished the quilt for a day with no wind so I could take photos down by the river. The last thing I wanted was for my quilt to blow away and end up out in the river. The Mississippi is open with just a thin layer of ice along the shore.

Lake Life batik collection from Island Batik

The Lake Life batik quilt is Sadie approved which is a good thing……

You could use fat quarters to make this quilt.

A fat quarter is usually 18″ x 22″. I made it a little smaller in case you wash your fat quarter. Follow this diagram to get enough pieces for 4 blocks from each fat quarter. It will take 14 fat quarters to make this size of quilt.

Cutting the pieces:

Use the following diagram to cut your pieces.

How to cut the quilt block pieces for a fat quarter

Sewing the block together –  use a 1/4″ seam allowance

How to cut the HST squares

After you have made your half square triangles, use the following diagram to piece the block.

Life along the River quilt block diagram
Jamies bulldogs


Because this quilt is going to a home with 3 cute dogs! I am sure they will enjoy it.

I also used the Lake Life collection of batiks in my Starboard quilt.

Starboard Quilt Pattern by the river

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109 Comments

  1. Love your color choices for this quilt. I live along the Shenandoah River in Virginia. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

  2. I finished a batik quilt late last year and want to try another. Those lovely fabrics would be a great foundation to build from. Thank you for the chance.

  3. This fabric is so beautiful! I have been sewing for years but just started quilting! I’m in awe of the talent I have found as I discover this world of quilters. This little bundle would be perfect for a small project (which is all I am comfortable tackling as I teach myself to quilt!)

  4. This is the first time visiting your site – what a wonderful quilt this is. I have a friend who loves to use batik fabrics, and I would happily share you fabrics with her!

  5. What a beautiful quilt – well, both of them are. When I saw the first picture, I thought, “Is that ICE under that quilt?” And sure enough, it is! A gift that will be treasured, I’m sure. Thanks for the giveaway and for sharing your beautiful quilt.

  6. I enjoy your blog and really like your Life ALong the River quilt. Thanks for the chance to win some gorgeous fabric.

  7. Thank you for sharing the lovely pattern. I was delighted to open your newsletter. There are so many wonderful things to see.

  8. The colours of the batiks and the name Lake Life are a perfect match. Your quilt is very pretty and makes a lovely wedding gift.

  9. Thanks for the pattern. It is lovely and I am sure your niece will love that quilt!
    dragonfly9716(at)yahoo(dot)com

  10. I live along a good size creek that is pretty snowed over. Great time to sew! Thanks for a chance at some new years fabric

  11. What a striking setting for your quilt photo! We just had a ton of snow here in Oregon–I wish I had thought to take all of my quilts outside and photograph them on the snow, just for the beauty of it. Next time. It will break up the cabin fever. 🙂

  12. The quilt looks so friendly and warm! What a sweet gift and thoughtful selection for the icy climate. Thanks for sharing and I’ll definitely check out the pattern!

  13. I always enjoy seeing your creations. I like making scrap quilts and can always use additions to my stash.

  14. Oh I just love your quilt – thanks so much for the pattern. And your colors are perfect! Thanks so much for the chance to win 😉
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

  15. This looks like a great pattern because it looks like it would be so hard to make, but your comments tells me differently. Sadie says so too, so it must be. Now, why wouldn’t you want that to blow into the river Connie? Don’t you want to go swimming in the icy water? LOL

    Thank you for the free pattern.

  16. Love Love LOOOOOVE your Quilt!! & Thank you for sharing the Pattern!! 🙂

    Thank you for chance to win some of this beautiful fabric too… 😀

  17. Your quilts just sing Connie! I agree with Sadie! And your photos are also beautiful. Thanks so much for the lovely post, and the great giveaway.

  18. Connie, I love everything you make and this quilt is no exception. It is a gorgeous wedding gift and will be cherished forever. I live along the Mississippi too, and never thought of taking photos with a quilt near the ice. You’re a brave girl and it made for awesome photos!

  19. Good Evening Connie! Both of these quilts are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing the pattern and offering this wonderful give away!

  20. Your quilts are all georgeous and so is your sweet SADIE. I love seeing pictures of her on your quilts.
    Thank you for the free pattern. I would love to be a winner.

  21. This Lake quilt is such a lovely and thoughtful wedding gift. Sadie is adorable. Your gift of Island Batiks is very generous. Happy Quilting…

  22. It amazes me that a river that runs as swiftly as the Mississippi can ice over. But, on reflection, I guess it shouldn’t, as the Missouri ices over completely in Great Falls, MT — even the water fall. Must have been a ‘blonde’ moment. Thanks for your blog. I always enjoy it! (lynnstck[at]yahoo.com)

  23. Loving another one of your quilts. I’ll never get my Want to make list done at this rate! jadahlgr at yahoo dot com

  24. I have never put flannel on the back of a quilt, but what a great idea to make it extra soft and warm! I might have to try that sometime. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  25. You always have such great quilts and runners. Thank you so much for making some of the patterns free. The greens and golds of this line work so well together.

  26. Love the quilts you have made… and I love your patterns a LOT… very easy to understand and follow when using them! Thanks for the chance to win some awesome batik fabrics!!! I have a batik quilt to make coming up and these would fit in quite nicely 🙂 Kathi

  27. Dear Connie, what a beautiful quilt, your niece is one lucky young lady. As always, your skill with pattern and color is outstanding. Thank you for sharing.

  28. Lovely quilt and Sadie is very nice letting it go to three other dogs!!!! LOL I am sure they will enjoy it!

  29. I love batiks! My last two Quilts were batiks and I’m running low. Thanks for the free pattern and the chance at the giveaway.

  30. your quilt is lovely. your niece will love it. I love it when it is pet approved. My Shadow kitty is the one who is quality control/approver in our house. Have a great day.

  31. I love patterns that are engaging, intriguing, yet deceptively simple, and Life Along the River is one of those. I can picture it in several fabric combinations. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

  32. Your quilt is fresh and summery on these icy days. It spoke to me of laying back in a flat bottom boat and looking up at the sky through sun filtered leaves. I can see making this. Love that it’s Sadie approved. Beautiful collection from Island Batiks!

  33. I do believe I’ve found a use for those 7″ blue squares I bought years ago. All the blues and some scraps strips I’ve been collecting ought to look pretty nice together. Great design! Looks fast and easy – which is just my speed.

  34. Connie, your quilt is so beautiful. I really love the colors and the design. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

  35. Gorgeous fabric and quilt!! I am slowing growing my batik fabrics and really need to win this giveaway!! Thanks for a great pattern.

  36. Really enjoy reading your blog and seeing your lovely quilts, especially when they are pictured with the Mississippi River in the background–

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