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I'm Shannon, and I'd like to thank you for visiting my store! I am a full time electrical engineer and mom. I'm married with two boys. I'm also a quilter, pattern designer, and even a fabric ...

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Balloons in the Park

from ShannonMac Designs
(7) Name: 'Quilting : Balloons in the Park
Balloons in the Park Quilting Diagram included!
Balloons in the Park Use up your fun scraps
Balloons in the Park Puffy balloons!
Balloons in the Park Balloons in the Park

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Sewing a 1/4" seam
  • Applique

Pattern Description:

My husband and I recently visited some family members while on a road trip, and we got to meet their beautiful new son! He's just the cutest, with these adorable, perfectly pinchable cheeks...but I digress. His room has a wall of hot air balloon decals above his crib, and I took that as the inspiration for this pattern. It's sort of a fun play on an I Spy quilt, with bright scraps making up the balloons. Mine included stars, suns, bubbles, jellybeans, M&M's, swirls, crayons, boats, and of course...balloons! This balloon is even well sized for a 3" charm, if you happen to have a stash of them as I do.

This is also the most intricately I've ever quilted any quilt I've made. I am including a quilting diagram for anyone that chooses to use it. When I'm planning my quilting, I take a long time deciding what I'll do, so this one took even longer than normal. I thought I'd use this as an opportunity to practice, since a 5 month old is hardly going to criticize. I personally love how the balloons are puffy and round. I love this quilt almost as much from the back as from the front!

I had a lot of fun designing this one, and I hope you'll enjoy making it as well!

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Approximately 41x50


  • 1 yard background
  • 1 1/2 yard color 1 (blocks and outer border)
  • 1 yard color 2 (sashing)
  • Batting
  • Backing
  • Binding
  • Scraps for balloons and baskets
  • Thread

You Will Also Need:

  • Sewing machine
  • Iron and ironing board
  • rotary cutting tools
  • Heat and Bond
  • Stabilizer (or freezer paper)
  • Scissors