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If this quilt looks familiar, it may be because it’s a variation of the Cotton + Steel quilt I showed last week. While trying to come up with a design idea for Sarah Watts’ upcoming Tokyo Trainride line, I kept wanting to see the blocks set on point.

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It didn’t end up working out for that particular design, but I couldn’t get it out of my head, so once those quilts were done, I took the opportunity to make a variation on point with the leftover fabrics.

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I used a large square of each of Sarah’s prints for the center, and surrounded each with coordinating Cotton + Steel basics.

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I made a crazy pieced backing with the leftover pieces

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along with a bit of the selvage, which I think is fun to include when I’ve made a quilt out of one line.

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I quilted it with largish loops – it’s a quilting design I’ve always liked the looks of but had never tried. Turns out it’s a fun one! I marked horizontal lines to keep the loop height about even.

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I think I may have to make this one again featuring another fun fabric line!

 

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I must have triangles on my mind! I have a pattern I’m supposed to be writing, so of course I’ve been doing everything else instead (pattern writing is certainly not my forte!). I got tired of making leggings for Hazel, so I reached for a bit of fun new fabric – the lovely Doe, which is an upcoming line by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman.

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While at Quilt Market, I received a mini charm pack of this new line from Carolyn (I did also manage to snag a fat quarter bundle at Sample Spree, but somehow it’s so much easier to cut into these tiny squares!). Once again I thought it would be a fun challenge to see what I could make with these little 2 1/2″ squares.

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I didn’t have anything in mind to start, so as usual, I started by grabbing a handful of solids I felt went well . I’m so intrigued by the colors in this line – they’re not necessarily ones I’d select, but I really love what each one adds to the collection.  I’m absolutely in love with the addition of that one brighter orange print.

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I thought it would be fun to play around with some more improv triangles (similar to these that I made here). I used the solid colors as the backgrounds for the triangles. After they were trimmed to 2 1/2″ x 3″, I put them up on the design wall and found myself arranging them by background color. Since I didn’t have any real design idea in mind, I decided to run with this, and arranged the triangles in strips sorted by background color.

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The yarn dyed black was one I pulled along with the solids, but didn’t use as the background for the printed triangles. I’m glad, as I love it as the background fabric to bring this quilt up to a decent wall hanging/baby quilt size!

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I’m really happy with the how this one turned out. I think I’m often surprised by how much I end up loving these little projects that originally were meant to just distract.

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quilts for cotton + steel

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Believe me, when I was asked to create two quilts for upcoming Cotton + Steel collections, I was beyond thrilled. I loved all of their previous lines, and couldn’t wait to see what was next. Of course, the timing wasn’t ideal, being that it was smack in the middle of our move, but I really couldn’t say no. So in the midst of packing and all, I was busy planning quilts and cutting into these gorgeous new fabrics.

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I immediately knew I wanted to play around with triangles with Alexia’s new Mesa line. I opted for a larger equilateral triangle design – alternating the Mesa prints with a double triangle design to feature a fun solid and corresponding neutral. I love this colorway – lots of blues and aquas and reds along with the fun Toy Boat solid by RJR.

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I went through a number of ideas for Sarah Watt’s Tokyo Trainride (ah, the pressure!), and ultimately with a deadline looming, went with this design, which was a little less me, but fun nonetheless. I mixed many of the prints and basics in a quarter log cabin design, then bordered it with flying geese in a number of corresponding solids. I love the little extra it adds and it’s fun to see the secondary pattern that emerges when the blocks are put together.

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It was so fun to have a chance to see them in person in Houston in the Cotton + Steel booth! I had sent them off as quilt tops, so it was exciting to see them finished (beautifully quilted by Gina Pina). As I walked through Houston I kept finding spots I was wishing I could use as a photo shoot, but since I wasn’t going to be able to smuggle them out of the convention center, these iphone photos will have to suffice!

A big thanks again to the ladies of Cotton + Steel for giving me the opportunity to make quilts out of your beautiful upcoming collections!

 

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