Bradley and Judy Niemeyer designed the foundation pieces and layout for Desert Sky. As one of our most popular patterns for beginners, the Desert Sky is routinely updated to match current fabric collections on the market. The cover samples for this re-release of the pattern were designed by Judel Niemeyer in Quiltster with Expressions Batiks from Riley Blake Designs. A sewing technique called foundation paper piecing is used when sewing the pieces onto the foundation units. Curved piecing and traditional piecing are required to join the units after the foundation piecing is completed.
To make a Twin Size Quilt, you will need 1 extra foundation package. The layout could either be 9 x 12 (68” x 87”) or 9 x 13 (68” x 93”). You will need 10 additional solid squares to complete the layout to those required in the original pattern.
To make a Queen Size Quilt, you will need 2 extra foundation packages. The layout could either be 12 x 12 (87” x 87”) or 13 x 13 (93” x 93”). You will need at least 15 and up to 20 additional solid squares to complete the layout to those required in the original pattern.
To make a King Size Quilt, you will need 2 or 3 extra foundation packages. 2 packages and 30 additional solid squares will get you to (107” x 107”), a 15 x 15 block layout. If you don’t want 30 solid squares, you will need to purchase a 3rd package.
This pattern is Quiltster Compatible! This means you can color the quilt with your favorite Fabric Collection in Quiltster before you make it and obtain yardage! Click on the logo to the left to be taken directly to the Template page for this design in Quiltster. You may need to log into your account for the link to work. If you do not have a Quiltster account already, you will need to subscribe and log in before this link will work. Subscriptions can be obtained by going to http://www.quiltster.com, click on Subscribe!
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