diamonds in (the) outback

I didn’t think I’d ever finish this quilt top, but here it is…hooray!

I had been anxiously awaiting this new collection, Outback Wife, the debut collection from Cathi Bessell-Browne of Gertrude Made. I first noticed it when Blair Stocker posted her beautiful Outback Values quilt, and ever since I couldn’t stop thinking about making my own. Cathi’s beautiful florals are printed on a cotton barkcloth base, which I really liked working with. I was worried it might feel thick or bulky, but instead it was easy to sew with and provides a really interesting texture.

I considered following Blair’s free pattern, but as you know, I tend to like to do my own thing, so once I had my fat quarter bundle in my hands I immediately thought back to my friendship bracelet quilt. I had always wanted to make a larger version of that quilt, and decided these prints might be perfect.

I happily chopped up all the fabrics into triangles and then remembered how I didn’t necessarily love making half rectangle triangles! This time I used a Darlene Zimmerman triangle template I picked up from JoAnn’s ages ago rather than making two units at a time out of two rectangles. I found I was more accurate doing it this way.

Trouble was, any time I wanted to work on this quilt, I had to lay out all the pieces – the pieced units and the individual triangles and sew as much as I could before someone inevitably walked though it! It made this a time consuming one (not to mention… all those seams!)

Happily, I’ve already forgotten about the difficulties now that it’s done!

I picked up my fat quarter bundle from Stash Fabrics, and I just checked and they have a few left, so if you’re loving this collection like I am, go snag a bundle!


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14 Responses to diamonds in (the) outback

  1. 1
    Denise says:

    Ashley! gorgeous…just stunning my favorite yet..

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    Julierose says:

    Lovely quilt–a whole lot of seams for sure..turned out beautifully hugs, Julierose

  3. 3
    Rebecca Lamont says:

    Glad you made the effort. What a gorgeous quilt! Perfect place to photograph it, too. Inspiring me to break out the half rectangle tool I bought at Quilt Con! Thanks for sharing all your hard work.

  4. 4
    Blair says:

    Its gorgeous Ashley! I love seeing these floral fabrics in geometric shapes, can’t get enough of it! ❤️

  5. 5

    It’s lovely despite all the seams. Interested to see this quilted.

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    Mary D says:

    Those large diamonds and all that awesome color is perfect.

  8. 8

    This might be my favorite quilt you’ve ever made…it’s so beautiful!

  9. 9
    gretchen says:

    i’m pretty sure this quilt is perfect 😉

  10. 10
    Joyce Mullis says:

    Such a stunning work! So inspirational.

  11. 11
    Rosemary Bolton says:

    Thank you for sharing this. It is incredibly beautiful. I love the placement of the colors, well done, nice effect.

  12. 12
    Annmarie says:

    You make THE BEST quilts!!! Not afraid to mix things up. Fearless!! Love it!

  13. 13
    Teena says:

    I’m in love. How big are the half rectangle? I’m gonna make my own with different collection.

  14. 14
    F. Paulseth says:

    Miss you. Hope you are back soon.

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