deja vu?

I mentioned that I immediately made a second quilt in this same design, right? I had such fun putting that last one together that I decided I should really see how it looked in Rifle Paper co’s newest line, Menagerie.

This one has a different feel with these darker colors, and I think it’s quite perfect for Fall. My sister took one look at it and said it made her feel sad, but I don’t see that at all. (What does she know, really?!) I love the florals on the darker backgrounds and really enjoy the addition of the gold metallics in many of the fabrics.

This time I added some extra triangles to a few of the hst blocks, giving me a chance to mix and match the fabrics even more and giving it a bit of extra interest.

We took this quilt top across the lake to my favorite little town, Essex, NY, and found this beautiful barn for photos. The kids got a trip to the playground and an ice cream cone, so everyone was happy (aside from Morgan, perhaps, who just ended up with sore arms from having to hold this quilt up for so long!)

I’ve already made a backing for this one, and hope to start quilting it soon, so hopefully I’ll have finished photos before too long!

Find Rifle Paper Menagerie at these great shops - Stash Fabrics
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hello! (and a Heather Ross Kinder quilt)

Well. It’s been so long I almost forgot how to log into my own blog! I’ve missed blogging about quilting, so I’m glad things have slowed down a bit now that school’s back in session so I can get back here. The end of the school year last spring seemed crazy, and then we had an unfortunate basement flooding incident, which was a problem all summer and necessitated digging up the front lawn with an excavator (and is only now finally being fixed). Our flooding was minor compared to what people are experiencing in Texas and Florida, so it’s hard to complain, but it has been a nuisance, and a big unexpected expense. Anyway. I have snuck in a bit of sewing here and there, and I even have one to show you today!

I’m always excited when I receive an unexpected package from Windham, and recently I found one on my doorstep containing Heather Ross’s upcoming line, Kinder. I always love Heather’s designs, and couldn’t wait to sew something with this new line.

There are frogs and apples and flowers and a whole bunch of really beautiful colors which pair quite well with many of the prints from her previous lines, particularly Briar Rose. Fortunately I had saved (ahem, hoarded) a bunch of those prints so I decided to add them to this quilt.

At first I had something else in mind, which looked terrible when I started in on it. Having cut many of the prints up into squares, I was limited in my options, but half square triangles never disappoint, so all was well! (In fact, I loved making it so much that I immediately made a second out of another line, which I’ll show you soon!)

Thank you again to Windham for the fun fabric surprise! Kinder will be available in stores in February.

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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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