How’s about this for a bright and colorful quilt? I feel a bit like a walking ad for Cotton + Steel, but honestly, I’ve just had such fun sewing with their fabrics lately that I can’t help but exclaim about it (and trust me, they have no idea that I’m so obsessed!).
They say that their collections are meant to be mixed and matched, so I thought I should put that to the test. Before I left for Quilt Market, I had pulled out a number of prints and paired them in groups of threes, but held off on cutting anything, hoping I’d be able to get my hands on a bit of the new collections.
The design is one I’ve been wanting to try out for a while (you know I love me a plus quilt!) – I’d been thinking about it since I made this quilt (and accompanying tutorial) way back in 2009! — thinking it would be fun to cut the blocks apart and rotate them rather than mixing them up. Then I recently saw, and became obsessed with, this cross quilt in Roderick Kiracofe’s book, Unconventional & Unexpected (a hugely inspiring book, by the way!).
I must be craving color during these gray Vermont days, because I’m in love with how bright and vibrant this one is! I usually am one to need a solid or two (or nine!) to give the eyes a place to rest, but I’m kind of loving how this one is just a whole bunch of prints all sewn together into one fun, and hopefully grown up!, version of an eye spy quilt! Max and Hazel have already been having quite fun pointing out all the various horses, butterflies, kitties and bunnies (so maybe not so grown up?) Ah, doesn’t matter….I love it!
Want to make one? I have a tutorial ready to share in the next day or two. It’s a simple one to replicate for sure, but thought some of you might appreciate a photo tutorial and a few measurements!
(book link is an Amazon affiliate link, fyi)