Joseph’s Coat Quilt Pattern

Several Inklingo quilters asked for an Inklingo Shape Collection for Joseph’s Coat, and I can understand why!

  • It is beautiful
  • It is unusual.
  • It is great for using up scraps and “shopping your stash.”
  • It is easier with the cutting and stitching lines printed on the fabric with Inklingo.
  • It can be machine pieced with Inklingo.
  • It can be hand pieced with Inklingo.
  • It can be back-basted with Inklingo (needleturn appliqué).
  • It can be appliquéed with freezer paper templates (aka “the hard way”) with Inklingo.




The new shape collection makes 12 inch blocks, so the melons can be printed on Jelly Rolls and small scraps. How cool is that?! I think I know someone who might fussy cut the background or the melons, or both! (You know who you are.)

My first choice is hand piecing on the front porch (no surprise), but these curves are so gentle they are almost like straight seams. You don’t even need to clip! Anyone can sew these curves by machine. They are easy.

JOSEPH’S HAT COAT  (Monkey may have misunderstood.)

This  is traditionally a scrappy quilt, inspired by the Bible story about Joseph’s “coat of many colors.”

In the Bible, Joseph’s Coat was a source of envy. If you make this quilt for yourself with Inklingo, you won’t have to envy anyone.

Joseph’s Coat is an old design. It is 421-2 in Jinny Beyer’s Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns (my quilting bible). This design was published with several different names in the 1930s. You might see similar designs called Ace of Diamonds, Banana, Orange Ring, Peeled Orange, Tea Leaves, or Queen’s Choice.

When circles are added, Joseph’s Coat is called Morning Glory (Beyer 421-3). There are several sizes of circles available in other Inklingo Shape Collections.

HAND. . . OR . . .  MACHINE . . .  OR . . .  APPLIQUÉ

You can sew these gentle curves by hand or by machine. I prefer to piece this design. . .

. . . but some quilters prefer appliqué, so this shape collection also includes a back-basting layout to print on fabric, and shapes without seam allowances to print on freezer paper for appliqué templates.

Whichever method you choose, it is easy when you print with Inklingo.

Print Joseph's Coat shapes on fabric

In addition to the shapes to print, this download includes:

  • tips for selecting fabric
  • how to sew the curves by hand or by machine
  • how to press for perfect results (surprising method!)
  • yardage estimates
  • worksheets and design ideas

If you piece this design with Inklingo—hand OR machine—you will LOVE the way it presses. It’s like a miracle from heaven, especially considering how many seams converge in the middle. I think you will be surprised by my recommendation this time.

I love this design and I hope you will too. Enjoy!

Linda & Monkey

PS Don’t forget to enter Tilde’s 15 Minute Challenge . You could win in the next draw on June 30!

New to Inklingo? Order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes. Quick Start (Always FREE.) There are triangles, diamonds, and squares  in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.

16 thoughts on “Joseph’s Coat Quilt Pattern”

  1. Hi , love this idea for my quilt. I would love to know what the fabric you used on this quilt is. It is soooo lovely

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  3. Hi, Donna!
    Yes ..that’s the quilt along I was refering to. I’m so grateful that Linda has solve the problem for us….and it’s way cheaper and time saving!!

  4. Aniza, I was intrigued by the Quilt Along you mentioned. Is this the one?

    Great concept, but I agree: the instructions seem very elaborate and overwhelming. It’s totally easier with Inklingo! I wonder if the Quilt Along would allow us to do it the Inklingo way…

    Linda, thanks for making this so easy! Even Monkey could do this by machine (if he wasn’t such a hand piecing snob). 🙂

    Love it!

  5. Hi Annie, I thought this would surprise you. 🙂 After I wrote to you last time, I checked my files and realized it was closer to being finished than I remembered.
    I think you will be surprised (even shocked) by how easily you can piece this. The curves are almost like straight seams. I am a pretty big fan of Inklingo (no kidding!) and even I was surprised.

  6. It’s Magic and it’s not even the end of June! Thank you so very much for getting Joseph together so quickly! September would have been fine but now I have another project for winter 🙂
    Annie in Oz

  7. thank you, Linda..this has been on my wish list and really wanted to join in a Quilt Along by Kellie Wulfsohn but it’s the preparation that totally doesn’t work with me… I did try using freezer paper and starch method but inklingo is the best for me.

  8. Hi Cathie, It would depend on the black fabric. I check the darks whenever I visit quilt shops and most of them are light enough on the wrong side that at least one Inklingo ink color shows up well. The quilt shops around here are used to seeing me look at the “wrong side” before I buy! 🙂 I think it would be stunning with a black background!

  9. My friend has been working on one for years the “hard” way but she is using a black background so if you wanted to replicate it it would probably have to have freezer paper templates for the backgrounds

  10. Oh yes, I have been hoping this would become an Inklingo collection for a long time! I love it, I love it! Thank you very much, Linda & Monkey!

    Anneke in Rotterdam


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