Free Pattern: Up Up & Away

I was treated to a wonderful rendition of QM’s 2012 Project Linus quilt during a meeting last week of Prairie Pioneer Quilters Guild in Grand Island, Nebraska. A gal named Roberta Seaman was kind enough to bring her Up, Up & Away quilt to the meeting. Isn’t it wonderful?!

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Roberta Seaman and her Up, Up & Away quilt in Grand Island, Nebraska

This was especially nice for me because I was lucky enough to design this year’s block pattern. It’s kind of a thrill when someone makes the quilt!

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Grosgrain ribbon attaches the hot air balloon to the basket below in Roberta's version of Up Up & Away.

Roberta wanted the blocks to go a bit more quickly, so she used grosgrain ribbon to “attach” the basket and the balloon. What a great idea! (The cables are foundation paper pieced in the original.) Thanks so much for sharing your quilt, Roberta.

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You’ll find the free pattern for Up, Up & Away and many more free foundation quilt patterns at, including:

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Dances with Waves was the 2011 Project Linus free pattern from Quiltmaker; designed by Carolyn Beam.

Dances with Waves

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Kite 'n' Kaboodle was the 2010 Project Linus free pattern from Quiltmaker; designed by June Dudley.

Kite ‘n Kaboodle

…and many more! Enjoy them courtesy of Quiltmaker. And if you complete a quilt, please send us a photo. We love to see what our readers are making.


About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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7 Responses to Free Pattern: Up Up & Away

  1. Roberta says:

    Diane, thanks for the pattern and the inspiration for this quilt. I know Reagan will love it. Great to meet you!

  2. Judy Dixon says:

    What a nice job!!

  3. Rebecca says:

    What a darling quilt. I love it! I’m so lucky to have you as my sister and also my friend.

  4. Ray& Marylou says:

    Roberta, you did a great Job
    beautiful quilt-beautiful lady!

  5. rosa says:

    Well done.It`s stunning!!

  6. Kaye M. says:

    What a great photo of Berta and her quilt, she looks so happy and I love the fabric that she picked out for the baskets.

  7. DianeH says:

    Great job, Roberta!

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