Thoroughly Modern Lily

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Thoroughly Modern Lily Pattern


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Quilting: Thoroughly Modern Lily
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details

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Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Sewing a 1/4-inch seam
  • Standard machine piecing skills

Pattern Description:

This pattern was inspired by a vintage quilt made by my grandmother, Lillian. I was intrigued by its unique block, which resembled a ring of four lilies. Fellow blogger and quilter Sandi Walton of saw my blog post about discovering the quilt and recreated the block in EQ. The quilt design was then given a modern spin by setting the blocks on point, where they appear to float on a light background. Pattern includes step-by-step instructions, helpful tips, and photographs for successful cutting and piecing from templates.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 80-1/2 x 80-1/2 inches


  • Marking pen for tracing templates onto fabric
  • Card stock or template plastic
  • Rotary cutter and mat
  • Other basic sewing supplies: Fabric scissors, thread, pins, sewing machine
  • Fabric yardage, batting, and backing as per instructions.

About Designer

About Designer

Paulette H. on

I learned to sew when I was very young, starting with doll clothes and then clothing for myself. I have been interested in fabric crafts ever since. A few years ago, I became most interested in making quilts. I am inspired by both traditional and modern quilts, and I think some of the most appealing have elements of both!

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