I’m so excited to show you today’s quilt pattern! I had so much fun designing this free Soda Fountain Quilt pattern with Shine Bright Fabrics – the newest line from the girls at Simple Simon and Co!
Elizabeth and liZ designed their newest fabric line as a way to encourage their girls to shine bright and believe in themselves. The prints are all darling but my favorites and the ones with the phrases like “Shine Bright”, “Never Dull your Sparkle” and sweet encouraging words. One of the prints is even designed like a seek and find – with positive words hidden in letters!
The young girl I made this for is all of those things – super fun, positive, and encouraging to her friends. This is going to be a surprise for her – I can’t wait to finish the quilting and send it off!
I asked for some help naming the quilt in my Instagram stories and a reader (sewbusy321) suggested the quilt looked like the floor of an old fashioned diner – so I thought the name Soda Fountain quilt was perfect! It does have a retro tile pattern look that I think is really fun and it works great with these Shine Bright fabrics!
This free quilt pattern is great for beginners or more experienced sewers and it goes together really quickly!
***For a low-cost ad-free printable version of this pattern click here. This version also includes a blank printable of the pattern so you can color in your fabric choices as you plan your quilt!***
Quilt Size: 56″ x 56″
- Fat Quarter Bundle Shine Bright Fabrics by Simple Simon and Co for Riley Blake Designs
- White Fabric – 1 3/4 yards
- Black Fabric – 1/4 yard
- Backing Fabric – 3 1/2 yards
- Binding Fabric – 1 yard
- Soda Fountain Quilt Layout and Row pattern
Cut out your fabric pieces.
- White Fabric – 24 – 8 1/2″ squares
- 24 – 3 1/2″ squares
- Solid Black Fabric – 16 – 3 1/2″ squares
- Mint Green Fabrics – 8 – 8 1/2″ squares
- Light Pink Fabrics – 6 – 8 1/2″ squares
- Dark Pink Fabrics – 6 – 8 1/2″ squares
- Black and White prints (I used four or one print for the outside pieces and the main print with the lettering for the center square) – 5 – 8 1/2″ squares
- Black Print Fabrics – 48 – 3 1/2″ squares
I kept my version of the quilt pretty symmetrical. I kept the rows pretty even with the colors and prints. You also want to make sure that you keep all the black prints that make up a corner diamond the same. It helps to write what prints you’re using on the printouts.
For each of the corner pieces, either white or black, you’ll be placing the small corner piece where it goes according to the pattern on the larger square with right sides together. Draw a diagonal line along the stitching line on the smaller square. Double check that when you fold the lower portion of the square to where it will be in the quilt after sewing that the print is facing the right direction. You don’t want your letters or gems going sideways. Sew along the diagonal line and then trim 1/4″ outside of that line. Press the new corner triangle in place.
I found it easiest to go row by row. Starting with row one – layout the fabrics you’ll be using with the corner pieces in place. Sew each of the corner pieces and trim, then press with the seams facing out. Sew the blocks in Row One together.
Repeat the steps for the next row – double checking the row layout pdf for layout. Sew the blocks in Row Two together. Press the seams on the blocks for each row to different sides, alternating the direction for each row so the seams will nest together as you go. Sew Row one to Row two. Make sure you line up the corners of each triangle and the seams of the blocks.
Follow the layout on the PDF for each of the remaining blocks and rows. Sew all rows together and press the seams. Now you can quilt and bind your new quilt as you’d like!
I had enough fabric in my fat quarter bundle left over to make a cute pillow to go with the quilt! The main print with all the phrases is so cute that you don’t need to do anything fancy to it – it’s darling just as it is!
I hope you love this free quilt pattern! You can find more info on Shine Bright fabrics and lots of cute fabrics over at Simple Simon and Co!
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