flying mustangs


I haven’t been able to get this quilt idea out of my head since seeing this vintage quilt on Pinterest. I started one with Liberty and solids a while back, but I wasn’t feeling the exact translation of the design, and it’s been sitting on the design wall ever since. When I was thinking about a design using my new Cotton + Steel fabrics, I returned to this design, thinking that it might be a good one to show off those fun mustang fabrics.


This time though I decided to adjust the design a bit – I decided to feature four of the Cotton + Steel prints (the mustang from Melody’s Mustang line, butterflies from Rashida’s Moonlit, and the turquoise and gold print from the Basics collection) and then I used a number of coordinating prints (many shown here, along with a generous addition of C+S basics thanks to Melody). I cut all the triangles for the flying geese by hand so they’d be a bit wonky, and added in some solids in places so it wasn’t so predictable.


One would think that with my stash of solids I’d be able to find coordinating solids for this quilt, but no. Nothing was quite right, except for these double gauze solids (blue gray, indigo, light gray and light mustard). I didn’t have enough of any one of them, so I decided to use them all. I love double gauze fabrics in a quilt, but didn’t quite think through how many tiny pieces would be involved here, and consequently how much shifting and trickiness I’d encounter (I definitely put my new Flatter to use on this quilt top!). I think (er, hope!) it will be worth it in the end, but next time I’d probably stick with quilting cottons in this type of design.


I laid this one out on the floor to take photos this morning, and as expected, Hazel just couldn’t resist — back and forth across the quilt. A brief stop in the center, then back again. Cute, for sure, but it does make for a challenge in photographing quilts!


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solids on a line


This is my latest work in progress – a little something out of solids! These are all solids from the Hawthorne Hues line, and I wanted to use as many colors as I could in this one quilt.


I’ve been building simple little blocks with the solids – having fun pairing colors and trying to get a good mix of all these great hues.


I’m a little stumped on the layout and sashing though. I wanted a background fabric that wouldn’t compete with the colorful blocks, so decided to stay away from another colored solid. I looked to my Robert Kaufman Essex stash – these are the colors I had on hand – Indigo, Natural?, Steel, and Black. I’m leaning towards the Steel or Black yarn dyed, but I’m still not sure. Perhaps I should order some of the other colors? Opinions welcome!


And I thought I’d leave you with this funny outtake from our 11 month photo shoot (it was a tough one!). I ended up with many like this – apparently asking Max to smile doesn’t work!

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diagonal panes


Remember when I made two Catnap quilts using similar fabrics? Well, here’s the second, finally quilted!


I used all the prints from Lizzy House’s Catnap line, along with a number of additional prints in a rainbow of colors. I think the squares are cut at 5 3/4″ and then I arranged them in a loose rainbow (very loose!, but hopefully still gives that rainbow feeling). I decided to sash it in a hot pink solid, and when Morgan suggested doing a corner in a lighter pink, I went for it.


I couldn’t decide how to quilt this one, and drew a whole host of quilting designs across the top with washable marker. In the end I ignored them all and went with straight lines – mostly because I only had my mom’s sewing machine on loan for a day and I knew I could speed through these quilting lines in the time I had left.

Part of the reason I was having trouble deciding was because I wasn’t sure what color thread to use. I like my thread to blend in, and that’s always a concern when the sashing is a lot darker than some of the other prints used. Because I didn’t have the time to hem and haw about it I just used the pale pink Aurifil I had used for the previous quilt I quilted, and happily it blended equally well with the lighter and darker prints as well as the hot pink sashing.


The backing is a large section of that great butterfly print. It was one of my favorites when Lizzy first designed it and I was glad to see it return in new colors.


I bound it with the same brown and white skinny stripe I used in the pixelated rainbow catnap quilt. I loved how it looked in that quilt, and I love it again in this one. (And ha! one quilt photographed on the ice on Lake Champlain, and the second in nearly the same spot at the start of the summer season!)

P.S. Thanks to all of you who took the time to head over to Pinterest to vote for my Umbrella Prints challenge quilt! I so appreciate it! The voting goes until the 5th of June, and I hate to mention this again, but I'm doing pretty well in terms of comments - though not quite well enough to win! - so if you like my quilt and have the time to leave a comment, I'd really love it! Thank you!

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