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Another Cotton + Steel quilt? Why, yes! I was playing around with my Cotton + Steel stash one day and once again was admiring how many ways they can be paired. Inspired by this image from Jeni’s Splendid ice creams, I made up a bunch of these equilateral triangles back in January. I couldn’t come up with a plan for the layout, so I set them aside for a few months.

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I originally thought that I might add in a bunch of brightly colored solids and maybe play around with the layout, but when I pulled the triangles out recently, having just received this great polka dot print from the Hello Bear collection by Bonnie Christine, I knew it was what I had been waiting for. I think I’ve mentioned recently that I’ve been trying to be good about only buying fat quarters or half yards of favorite fabrics (or f8ths of entire lines I like), but I had to make an exception for this fabric. I won’t tell you exactly how many yards I’ve bought so far, but suffice to say I’ve broken my 1/2 yard rule.

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(Hazel still adores Alexia’s Tiger Stripe print!)

I love the randomness of the polka dots, making it a great one to chop up and use as a background (Penny and Amber have both been making fabulous blocks with it as the background). I was a little surprised when I received it to find that it wasn’t as white as I expected, but it turns out that the slightly off white color works perfectly with so many other fabrics.

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Anyway, I digress. Don’t you love these great prints? I think the colors look great together and think that this low volume background print lets them really shine — something that wouldn’t have been the case with my initial colored solid idea. I suppose it goes to show that sometimes it works to set projects aside if they’re not coming together. In the end, it was a quick finish, especially since these triangles are larger, measuring 9″.

We stopped by my brother’s shop one day where I thought I might be able to tape this quilt top to the side of his warehouse (no go – note to self, get better tape!). As it turned out, he happened to be there, so he was nice enough to be the quilt holder of the day.

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The kids think their uncle is pretty funny, and soon this was less about a quilt photo shoot and more about a game of peekaboo.

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They call him ‘uncle beep beep’ (which is slightly better than my poor sister Whitney’s nickname of ‘aunt meat’) and think it’s especially hilarious since they realize that both my brother and sister wish they had been given better nicknames. Ah, kids be funny.

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I liked making this one so much that I’ve already made up another, this time using some of Heather Ross’s upcoming Tiger Lily line. I’ve been driving around with it in my car, hoping for a chance to get photos, but we’ve had a week of rain, so no luck yet…

Cotton + Steel prints and that great polka dot from the Hello Bear collection can be found in many great shops, including many of my sponsors, which are listed in the right sidebar. Thanks for shopping and supporting them!
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a hug from a marshmallow (a Cotton + Steel Bespoke quilt)

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I say it a lot, but this one is definitely my new favorite quilt. I love a soft quilt, and with all this double gauze, this one is extremely soft! I’ve spent some time with it wrapped around me, so I can say for sure that it feels like you’re being hugged by a marshmallow (er, at least what I imagine being hugged by a marshmallow would feel like…)

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I used Quilters Dream wool batting this time around, which was a first for me. I typically like a nice flat quilt, so usually opt for their Select or Request battings which are cotton. Long ago though, Rhea of Alewives had recommended the wool to me and I had been wanting to try it ever since. I thought it would be a perfect choice with the double gauze, so decided to give it a go.

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Despite my fear of overly puffy quilts, I was surprised how much I love the wool. It does give it a little extra puff, especially when combined with the two layers of double gauze (front and back), but it also makes for a super soft, lightweight, cozy quilt. Big fluffy piles of marshmallows (just look how happy Anna and Hazel look wrapped up in this one!).

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Another first for me – hand tying a quilt. I had to laugh because everything I read talked about hand tying being a quick and easy way to finish a quilt. Ha! Having never done so, I sat and stared at the quilt, wondering what to tie it with, what color to use, how close together they should be, etc and I think a few weeks went by with no progress at all! (When I did finally start it was rather quick though).

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Those of you who knit might cringe when I tell you that rather than going out to get yarn/embroidery floss/what have you, I dug through my Plucky Knitter yarn stash, and of course the only color I felt would work happened to be cashmere (making this quilt even more expensive!). I used a reddish pink for the corners of each block, and then a pale purple/pink for the centers of each block.

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I pieced the backing with lots more double gauze – a large piece of the red print, along with all the leftovers from the front

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including tiny hsts from the triangles I was left with from making the blocks on the front.

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I couldn’t convince Morgan to wrap this quilt around his body and stand outside in downtown Burlington for quilt photos, but luckily Anna was in town at the time and didn’t seem to have any qualms about wandering around on the docks draped in a quilt! Thanks, Anna!

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Previous post about this quilt

A quick tutorial on constructing these blocks


Double gauze fabrics are from the Cotton + Steel Bespoke line, available at many shops, including the following:

Fabric Junkie

Hawthorne Threads

Westwood Acres

Sew Modern

Jones & Vandermeer

Fabricworm

FabricBubb

Pink Castle Fabrics

Intrepid Thread
and locally at
Nido.

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happy friday

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I’ve been sewing with knits fairly often recently. In my quest to have enough Lindens to wear on a daily basis, I’ve stocked up on various knits. Of course I’m not prepared enough to have photos of said sweatshirts (and I hate doing the modeling!), so instead you get Hazel in cute new knit leggings.

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This print is from April Rhodes’ new line, Wanderer, for Art Gallery, and I was happy to find this particular one comes as a knit. I haven’t made myself anything yet from an Art Gallery knit, but I think they’re lovely – nice and soft and substantial.

Each time I post a photo of a knit top on IG, I’m asked where to find good knits, so I thought I’d provide a quick list of the places I check most often. Knits are hard to buy online, and after ending up with a large box of knits that aren’t quite what I was looking for, I try to stick now with a thicker knit, and I’ve had good luck looking for french terry, ponte, interlock or double knit, all of which are more substantial.

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Here’s where I shop for knits:

Harts Fabrics (I used this Splendid sweatshirt knit in one of my favorite LindensĀ  – though it’s a looser weave and unravels more than others, so beware of that).
Fabric Junkie has a large apparel section, separated by type.
Drygoods Designs always has a unique and ever changing selection of apparel fabrics, including some fun knits from time to time. I like the looks of this striped one, though I’d probably email Keli to ask about the weight before buying.
Felinus Fabrics on Etsy is where I’ve picked up a number of fun knits recently. She’s out of LA and adds new fabrics quite regularly. I’ve found that you often need to order when you see something you like, as her stock seems to be limited to what’s listed.

For the kids (most often for pj pants and/or leggings), I love the organic knits from Monaluna. The prints are cute and fun and my kids just adore them. As a bonus, the knit holds up really well to many, many washes!

This is just a quick list, and certainly there are great knits to be found in many shops, but hopefully this gives you a little start if you’re interested in ordering knit fabrics!

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