I actually have two baby quilt tops to show you today, both made out of this great new in-house line from Hawthorne Threads, Forest Fables. I’ve been aware that Hawthorne Threads have been designing and printing their own fabrics for some time now, but I had yet to have a chance to use any, so when they asked me to take part in their blog hop, I took a quick peek at the prints and then said yes!
The prints in this line are inspired by two fables – the Three Billy Goats Gruff and Chicken Little, and I love the details included in all of these prints. The kids, in particular, have declared the Billy Goats Gruff print as their favorite and pointed out every spot I used that print in my quilt!
I selected a few prints from the Glade palette – I wasn’t sure what I’d make, but I selected more of the basic prints, which are what I’m drawn to for quilting.
As the fabric is digitally printed, it does have a different feel than what you may be used to with regular quilting cotton. Hawthorne Threads recommends prewashing, which will soften the hand, and they also recommend using a sharper needle due to the higher thread count (I didn’t do either, as I’m no good at following directions, but didn’t have any problems while sewing).
The first quilt I made uses just a bit of the fabrics, paired with Robert Kaufman’s Essex yarn dyed linen in indigo.
It’s based on a pattern I saw on a floor once, and I drew up my own paper pieced pattern piece, though afterwards I realized it’s also similar to the Arkansas Traveler block, so you could use that template if you wanted to make something similar.
Once I realized how much fabric I had left (I started with a fat quarter of each of these prints) I decided to make up a second quilt top. I opted to use one of my older free patterns, Rectangle Squared, and was able to make up a second baby sized quilt. I was reminded at how quickly this quilt comes together. I had all the blocks made in one afternoon, so if you’re looking for a quick project, you might give this one a try!
I think at least one of these quilts will have this fun print on the backing – hopefully I can get that finished up so I can report back on how this quilt washes up! Five more weeks till baby #3 though — we’ll see how much I can get done before his arrival!
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Have you made it this far? How about a giveaway? Hawthorne Threads is generously offering up a fat quarter bundle of the Glade palette. P
lease leave a comment here and I’ll select a winner Friday evening! Giveaway is now closed
Update! A winner!! Random.org selected comment #95, Lynn, who said “The Billy Goats is a fun fabric. Love the quilts. All the best for the impending arrival.”
Congrats, Lynn! Look for an email from me!
Catch up with the rest of the Forest Fables blog hop!
Monday, December 7th – Brooklyn Pattern Co.
Tuesday, December 8th – Clover and Violet
Wednesday, December 9th – Taylor Made
Thursday, December 10th – Film in the Fridge
Friday, December 11th – Hawthorne Threads