Yuma Blog Hop visits Port Hope

yuma top finish 3

Welcome to my stop for Gotham Quilts’ stunning free pattern, the Yuma Quilt! And it’s not too late for you to join in and create your own Yuma. In case you haven’t seen it before, here is the whole schedule:

June 17 – kickoff blog post on Gotham Quilts
week of June 22 — Made by Chrissie D
week of June 29 — Faith and Fabric
week of July 6 — Daydreams of Quilts
week of July 13 — Lisa in Port Hope
week of July 20 — Sunflower Quilting
week of July 27 — Roar Haus
week of August 2 — Gnome Angel
August 10th — Life Under Quilts
August 12th – closing blog post on Gotham Quilts, start of linky party
August 19th – winner(s) chosen from linky party

For my quilt, I had been musing about an all-neutral quilt, so I went with a silver and gold theme (not just white and grey so it didn’t get too blah and boring) and I am thrilled at the result! I decided that this will be a gift for my in-laws, and chose some of the fabrics to especially match their interests and background–they bicycle everywhere in the summer, my father-in-law loves music and singing, and they are from England originally.

yuma fabric details

I tried to keep track of how long it took to create my quilt;
Starching, ironing, cutting – 2 hours
Sewing the log cabin triangles and pieced triangles – 5 hours (ironing all the seams open slows everything down)
Piecing the rows – about 20-25 minutes each, total 3 hours
Sewing the rows together – just over an hour

Yuma progress

Therefore this is definitely achievable as a weekend retreat quilt, and the visual impact is fabulous. In all honesty, I was lucky to have two solid evenings to work on this quilt, normally my sewing and quilting is in chunks of less than an hour. It might take you less time than me.

When cutting the 6-1/2″ squares out of fat quarters, I actually cut out a 13″ square, then bisected it twice, this leaves the most usable leftover fabric. Another minor change I made is to cut the side triangles by cutting 8 (eight) 8-7/8″ squares (alright, actually I used 9″) in half diagonally, giving me a straight-of-grain edge for the sides of the quilt. I do plan to edge stitch the top and bottom however before quilting. There are 6 leftover pieces — two of the large triangles, and 4 of the 6-1/2″ squares. As of writing of this post, I still need to piece the backing and baste my quilt, but if you come back on Wednesday, I will share cutting directions for a matching pillow (I used my leftover cut pieces) and there will be another giveaway!

top finished

But you guessed it, the first giveaway is right here! Gotham Quilts has generously offered a $25 gift certificate to their shop, and I can vouch that the shipping was really fast (only one week, even with customs in Montreal), and the cuts are the straightest I have ever gotten from an online or local quilt shop. To enter, please visit Gotham Quilts and tell me which bundle you would use to make a Yuma, or what fabrics you would choose to build your own design. When you leave a comment, you will be prompted for an email address–please use one you check regularly. One comment per person please, and the giveaway closes Sunday July 19 at 9:00 pm EDT.

Comments now closed, congratulations Sarah.


The disclosure piece:  I received a discount on the fabrics I purchased for this quilt, but all opinions are honest and my own.


  1. Michele T · ·

    Gorgeous quilt patter and I love the colours you chose… Stunning!! I’ve fallen in love with Birds and Bees, so if I won that is the fabric I would get!! Thanks for your cutting tips for the Yuma Quilt too!!

    1. That would be an awesome quilt too!

  2. I love your sophisticated color selection! It’s the perfect quilt for gifting because it would go well in any setting. And thanks for the time estimates. I would do this wonderful pattern in nature colors of batiks.

    1. That sounds lovely and restful, perfect for a lazy afternoon and a cup of tea.

  3. I love this pattern – I’d like to make it with the Basics XOXO bundle

  4. I think the succulents bundle would be lots of fun!

  5. Okay, first of all, how fun to see the notice of this blogpost on my FB newsfeed?! 🙂 Second, your quilt is beautiful…I really like it with the lighter background and simple color scheme! Third, and finally, I am smitten with all the solids bundles…would they work well with this pattern…maybe mix with some Cotton and Steel 🙂

    1. Solids sound great, hope you give it a try.

  6. […] We love that hers is so unique compared to the colorful Yuma’s we’ve seen so far! Head on over to her blog to read all about it… and remember to enter her giveaway for a chance to win a gift certificate to Gotham […]

  7. Kathy CUMMINGS · ·

    Your quilt is amazing! I would like to have SunprInts ink w/ possibly some prints of Tula Pink’s True Colors for scale & variety.
    Thank you for your cutting advice; easier & practical.

  8. Lovely choice of fabrics. Mine is rather wacky compared with this and is coming on very slowly. If I did it again I would choose one of the Nurture bundles-prob number 9 because I do like colour!

    1. Sounds great, I’ll look forward to seeing your Yuma quilt!

  9. […] the pattern by half to make a matching pillow. I had cut extra pieces of the light fabrics for my quilt top (psst, there’s a giveaway there too), so I only had to add the background fabrics, but you […]

  10. Well, I had to check out your quilt since I sure loved your pillow…this is gorgeous Lisa! What have you done…now I’m on their mailing list, and have spent several minutes perusing their wares….Okay I would probably buy a Biology fabric bundle, or some Charley Harper fabric…

  11. terryaskeartquilts · ·

    Wonderful pattern and color choices! My pick would be the cross weave bundle.

  12. I really like this! What a great man’s quilt in the colours you have chosen ; )
    I’d choose those

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