Vast Quilt



It’s done! And it’s Vast. This is the Vast quilt pattern from my friend Jeni‘s new book Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle. I was so excited to receive her book. She’s so smart and put together her book beautifully.



I love the 12 quilt patterns, each one just as beautiful as the last. But then, Jeni offers so much more. The book is divided into sections and each section has a sort of ‘workshop’ type portion that goes into depth about elements of that particular section. I think new quilters will really appreciate her in-depth coverage of half-square triangles and can grow and be extremely comfortable making some of their first quilts. Of course seasoned quilters can also expect awesome information on how to take their quilts to the next level.



From the tiny peek I saw of Vast when Jeni showed me last spring, I waited patiently to give it a try myself. I love that this quilt uses huge blocks! Seeing the large expanses of some of my favorite fabrics is the best! This color palette really speaks to me. I love neutral and the slightly masculine feeling these colors give. Vast will be living on my bed! And I’m happy to have a little change of colors in there. I used Quilters Dream wool batting again and really love how it makes the whole quilt feel. It’s light and cozy. I backed it with one of my most favorite prints by Sarah Watson.


For the quilting I tried something a little different. I quilted it in four sections with straight lines that turn at a 90-degree angle at the center. I’m not super crazy how it quilted up. I did end up blocking the quilt because there was a slight bulge in the center. I don’t feel like it’s a super big deal, especially since it’s for me, but I don’t think I’ll do quilting like that again. I suppose that’s why I usually start in the center and work my way out to the edges? I’ll have to think about it a bit more.

Pattern: Vast from Patchwork Essentials by Jeni Baker
Fabrics: Cotton + Steel (Alexia Abegg), Lotta Jansdotter, Carolyn Friedlander, Leah Duncan



46 thoughts on “Vast Quilt

  1. Sophie Zaugg says:

    It’s a really beautiful quilt ! I love your fabric choice and the modern simple pattern.

  2. Faith says:

    I love it Anna! Great pattern by Jeni – perfect for a modern home. And I can’t tell there was any issue with the quilting – I think it turned out really different and interesting (in a good way! :))

  3. I loooove the colors that you chose. You make simplicity look so beautiful. It’s inspiring. I’m making the most complicated paper-pieced quilt right now and am jealous that I didn’t choose this pattern!

  4. Liz says:

    This is so beautiful, Anna! As someone who has only finished one quilting project (from Handmade Style!) I feel like the big blocks of color make this a really inspiring project.

  5. Laura says:

    Simple yet awesome. I love the color pattern and the backing, just perfect! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  6. Holly says:

    You beat me!! I haven’t made a back for mine yet. Yours looks amazing, perfect for your bed!!

  7. OH! OH! OH! A heavenly make! I love everything about this quilt. And your photography is gorgeous!

  8. Anastasia says:

    this is perfect!!!!!!!

  9. Sarah says:

    STUNNING!!!! I have now ordered this book from the library. I would love that quilt on my bed. I wonder how much thread all that wonderful quilting took! Well done.

  10. Dahlia says:

    I just finished a Christmas quilt using 18″ half-square triangles! I love how your pattern turned out! I think I’ll do another since they’re pretty quick. Lovely work Anna!!

  11. svetlana says:

    Absolutely stunning!!! I love EVERYTHING about this quilt – the scale, colors, quilting, it all comes together to one perfectly perfect quilt I might have to copy soon :). Thanks for sharing.

  12. Alison Wood says:

    What a great quilt! I think the quilting is perfectly suited to the design even if you are being super-critical of your execution: I can assure you that any imperfections you may see don’t show. I am looking forward to getting Jeni’s book, and now I will definitely be making a t least one quilt from it.

  13. Laurel says:

    I just love it – the colors and fabric choices are perfect! What a great pattern.

  14. Ioleen says:

    Absolutely stunning!!!!

  15. Wow – this is a stunner. Love it.

  16. farmquilter says:

    Love it!!!

  17. Karen says:

    Beautiful quilt and gorgeous photography! I really like the quilting design that you chose.

  18. Cindy says:

    This is so beautiful- the colors and the quilting!!! That had to have taken a while to quilt- great job!!:)

  19. Carolyn G says:

    I love the look of your quilt! I love the good ol’ HST, too, and had an immediate Zing! of inspiration looking at your photos. Definitely going to have grab myself a copy the book.

  20. Diana says:

    Love your fabric choices…great quilt and I think your quilting suits this quilt perfectly. ?

  21. dorothy Chaffinch says:

    I LOVE this quilt I am ready to get the book and get going on it…..I love everything about it. I could look at it and not get tired of it.. Does the batting make it heavy? I can no longer handle the heavier quilts. Would like to make this one so it is easier for me to handle on our bed? Beautiful colors. .


  22. Christine says:

    This quilt is amazing! I love the pattern, your choice of colors, the quilting and the setting in which you photographed it! Great work!

  23. Kim says:

    Love your fabric choices! I think this is a quilt that my husband and I would both enjoy. Great work Anna.

  24. Kim B. says:

    This quilt is so beautiful and your photos show it to perfection. Love it- best of all on the bed, it just looks so inviting!!!

  25. Jeni says:

    This is too perfect! Love the colors and especially the quilting! So rad!! 🙂

  26. Kelly O. says:

    you always know how to pair the most beautiful fabric combinations! this quilt is gorgeous!!

  27. Marina Clark says:

    Hi Anna just got my copy of your book from the library (I made them order 4) love it. The rainbow clutch is just what I needed for Xmas pressies for my early 20s nieces. I too am making a quilt for an elderly relative in a nursing home He was a estate Agent before he retired and I have used all my house print fabric, I love your blog.

  28. Tara Wyman says:

    Your quilt is beautiful. What is the brownish fabric? What color is that listed as? Thank you.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks for your comment Tara. It’s Amber (Michael Miller’s Cotton Couture), I made sure to write it down because it’s so pretty! 🙂

  29. sewkatiedid says:

    This quilt is so lovely. Great combo of fabrics. I always stitch in the ditch the middle seam when I quadrant a quilt with straight line quilting like this, it takes care of the bulge;)

  30. Jennifer says:

    How far apart is your quilting? 1 inch? I love the simplicity of the quilting.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Jennifer, thanks for your comment. I think it’s about 1″ apart. It was a fun one to quilt! 🙂

  31. Carolyn Watts says:

    This quilt would be great to make for my 3 grandsons and my granddaughter. They have out grown ther other quiltsi have made them and want another larger one. Beautiful work and can’t see any flaws.

  32. Marijka Van Geest says:

    Hi, I absolutely love your quilt! Nice job! Just wondering if you could give the specific names of the fabric for the cream, white, and solid blue colours!
    Thanks so much!

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Marijka, thanks for your comment. I think the cream/white/blue colors might appear like solids, but they’re mostly subtle prints from Carolyn Friedlander’s Botantics and Doe fabric collections. There is one chambray in there as well.

  33. This is so beautiful Anna!

  34. Sarah says:

    Hello I’ve been dreaming about your quilt and my Mum has said she would make it for me!! Could you by any chance please give me the exact names of all the fabrics you used specifically? I’m in Australia and am trying very hard to find all the fabrics

  35. Rebecca Dullanty says:

    What is the finished size. Can’t seen to find it in any description. Thanks.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      68″ square. 🙂

  36. Lori says:

    Could you be more specific about which fabrics you used? My daughter wants me to make her something as similar as I can get it. Thank you!

    1. Lori says:

      I did find the mustard yellow color already. Any details and help you could provide would be so helpful. Thanks!

  37. Erin Adams says:

    Oh my gosh Anna! This is wonderful!! I LOVE the way you quilted this. Everything about this quilt is lovely.

  38. Colleen says:

    I love this quilt and I showed it to my husband and he said “of all the quilts you showed me this by far is my favorite “.So I will make it for him. Thanks for sharing. Colleen.

  39. Jacquelyn Insch says:

    I have order the quilt book. My niece wants this quilt for her wedding. I am too impatient to wait for my book to arrive, how big is each half square triangle block?

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