magazine feature,  pattern

Flocks of Colour


This fun rainbow splash of colour is my first ever published pattern, Flocks of Colour. It originally featured in Make Modern magazine’s issue 19 and is the pattern that started it all, so to speak.

I used a rainbow of prints for the flying geese, and because I love bold pops of colour, I placed them on a dark blue background for maximum impact. This quilt is a lovely quick project that can easily be scaled up or down to even more sizes by a more advanced quilter, but the pattern includes instructions for both baby and throw sizes to get you started.

showing an alternative colourway, pink background with pastel aqua and neutral triangles

As you can see from these pictures, it also works well in all sorts of colours. I love Victoria’s soft pastel colours that instantly turn this fun and bright baby quilt into a feminine throw for a modern home.

And I’m a big fan of using scraps from making a quilt top in the backing. Isn’t this strip of leftover geese wonderful? It doesn’t take a lot of extra work and you’ve got yourself a reversible quilt.

Katy made this version of the throw size as a donation for Victoria’s Quilts, who are always looking for more manly quilts. I love how she’s split the background fabric into three shades of grey and used the colour of the geese to contrast with the background.

alternative colourway, blue, aqua and lime green triangles on colour blocked background

How wonderful would an ombre range of geese look? Or even a bold two-tone like burnt orange on taupe or mustard on grey?

If you share your version on social media, please tag me so I can come see it and say hi! You can use the hashtags #psqflocksofcolour and #pennyspoolpatterns, or tag me @pennyspoolquilts on both Instagram and Facebook. Can’t wait to see what you make!

This pattern now has a mini version and is available as a pattern bundle, too.

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