St. Amiens-style Labyrinth Quilt Pattern

Posted on: January 29, 2007
Pattern Rating: I Highly recommend this pattern

Pattern Description: This is a quilt based on the labyrinths used for meditation. I was lucky enough to get to walk the one at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. My husband and I happened upon a quilt by Laurel Reinhardt in Asheville, NC. Luckily, she sells the pattern, so you don’t have to buy one for over $1,000.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, I suppose. I’m much more of a visual person, and while Reinhardt tries to explain how to piece the pattern in words, I found it easier just to look at the diagrams and figure out how things would work for me.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? LOVE the styling. Pattern also includes how to make this into a tree skirt.

No real dislikes. She recommends triangles on a roll for piecing the angles. I had never heard of the product, so I just cut squares and pieced triangles based on my other quilting books.

Fabric Used:
100% cotton. This quilt is a for some dear friends who are having their first child. They didn’t want a “baby quilt,” so I picked out muted colors. The path is stone is color, the background green, so they go well with my tree motif.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I made the center piece one large octogon instead of 8 triangles. This allowed me to embroider a tree in the middle on my machine. I stippled around the tree to give it a bumpy effect. (Please note, this is my first time hand quilting, so my stitches aren’t even at all.) Unfortunately, I can’t remember where I downloaded the tree pattern from. It was $10, but worth every penny.

Also, because I could only embroider something so big, I also decided to pull in the wedges as much as possible to make the center smaller. This means that my quilt is 60″ square total, while normally the labryinth itself (without the borders) would be 60″.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes! I plan on making another one for my house sometime. I do recommend it to others, but not as a first quilt. If you’re fine using a rotary cutter, piecing strips and piecing triangles, you should be fine.

Conclusion: Friends have seen the quilt and they love it. I’m glad to be able to give this to them, and to have finished it before the baby is due!

Note: this pattern is definitely “homegrown.” It is printed in black and white with homemaade drawings/pictures. It works great, though. Shipping is prompt and in a tyvek envelope to protect the pattern.

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