Friday, February 14, 2020

Juggling Act :: Pattern Release

It's been a long time coming, happily and with great relief I finished writing a pattern!  

'JUGGLING ACT' is now a reality and ready for sale.  I couldn't have done it without a little help, encouragement and support from my friends.


The Shoo Fly quilt block is one of those traditional quilt block names that every quilter knows. Also known as Hole in the Barn Door in the mid-to-late 1800’s, this block was and still is very popular. It’s made up of nine patches, usually Half Square Triangles and squares. There have been many variations of the Shoo Fly block throughout the years and the fact that we continue to go back to the original is a testament to the tried and true quilting of yesteryear.

When designing this quilt I wanted to use a simple but classic block. I settled on the Shoo Fly block because of its playful nature and versatility.

This pattern is constructed using panels and includes instructions for two (2) quilt sizes:
Baby: 43 
1⁄2" x 49 1⁄2", and Lap: 49 1⁄2" x 65 1⁄4".

Having a Technical Editor go over my written pattern is something that gives me peace of mind.  If you ever need Tech Editing I highly recommend Yvonne @quiltingjetgirl.  She is efficient, fast and knows her stuff.  

Fabric requirements for the Shoo-Fly blocks are based on a scrappy version of the quilt. If you'd rather be more strategic with your fabric choices, this design can accommodate that as well.

My baby version has a Kona Snow background and 24 colors for the Shoo-Fly blocks.  There are five (5) different sizes of the Shoo-Fly block and it's a great way to use scraps of most any size.

43 1/2" x 49 1/2" 
Grid quilting and a few strategically placed circles, plus a black and white stripe binding bring it together in the most fun way!

I was lucky enough to have two volunteers to test my pattern.  Let's face it, it's one thing for me to make my own's quite another to have someone else do it.  Real world testing!

How pretty is that?  It's a gorgeous color combination!  Ellyn @ellyn's place choose to make the baby quilt using five (5) colors.  Kona Jade, Pool, Turquoise, Ice Frappe and Chartreuse.  The background is Kona Silver.  

Again, you can use as many colors/prints and you want!  

Wendy @Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life used prints with a low volume background.  Love that!  I think I could even use prints now after seeing Wendy's!   

Another idea would be to use scrappy low volume or neutral scraps for the background.  

If Ellyn's and Wendy's quilts haven't inspired you, I made a few color/print options in EQ8.



The PDF instant download is now available for purchase in my Etsy Shop.  

Click here: 'JUGGLING ACT'  



  1. CONGRATULATIONS!!! It’s wonderful, exactly your style and I couldn’t believe it was Soo Fly, what great way to use a traditional block. You should be so proud of yourself, I’m certainly very happy for you. Well done!

    1. It took some doing but I was finally able to sit myself down and do it! I love when traditional meets modern and if you can throw in a little playful fun…all the better!

  2. thanks for letting me test for you! I love this quilt and will revisit the pattern time & again!

    1. Thank you so much Ellyn for helping me out with testing! I couldn’t have done it without your help and that’s not an exaggeration!

  3. Hi Jayne! What a fun pattern. I can see this working well with oodles of different prints or as Ellyn showed us, solids. Both of your testers did a great job. I would never imagine that was a shoo fly block! Congrats. ~smile~ Roseanne

  4. Congratulations on the pattern release, Jayne!!!

  5. It was a delight to test this pattern for you, Jayne. The shoo fly blocks go together so easily, the pattern is well-written, and so versatile! Congrats!

  6. Jayne, this quilt is adorable, and very aptly names! Congratulations on your pattern release!

  7. What a fun pattern, Jayne! Another great one for showcasing those fabulous juvenile novelty prints. Congrats on the release!

  8. Writing a pattern sounds exhausting so congratulations to you! It is a beautiful one.

  9. Congratulations on your pattern release, Jayne! I love how you took a traditional block and made it so modern. Fun to see what your pattern testers did, too!

  10. Congratulations Jayne. I am happy to see you turning your great designs into patterns for others.

    Thanks for linking up with Oh Scrap!

  11. Congratulations!! I'm so glad you made it to this stage.


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