tiger lily triangles


After finishing my Cotton + Steel triangle quilt, I immediately thought that it would be fun to do something similar out of Heather Ross’s upcoming Tiger Lily line. I like that Heather included a number of prints on a darker background as well as several on a lighter/white background, and I thought it would be fun to alternate the darker and lighter prints.


After receiving a FQ bundle from Windham Fabrics (thank you!), I set to work cutting triangles. I posted a photo on IG the other day and then later went back to tag it with the tigerlilyfabric hashtag. Out of curiosity, I checked the tag to see what else had been posted and was sad to find that a quilt had already been made out of this line in the same equilateral triangles. Bummer!


Since I had already cut into all the prints, there wasn’t much I could do to adjust the design, but I decided to see if I could play around with my layout to change it up just a bit. I pulled out a number of the prints and replaced it with more of that great polka dot print as well as a similarly colored Sevenberry polka dot print. I also added in a skinny strip of the polka dots in between each row of triangles and a few striped sections here and there. I pieced many of the triangles again, also. [By the way, for those who asked how to make the pieced triangles, to keep it simple I just sewed two fabrics together first and then cut around my triangle template, placing the seam where I wanted it to fall.] Anyway, I’m happy that these little changes made this quilt just a tad bit different.


Last weekend we dropped the kids off with my parents and headed for a town further south. I presented it to Morgan as a day date, but in reality I also made him do work holding quilts. It’s been a while since we’ve had the luxury of just driving around without a destination and it was really fun. I do love finding fun spots for quilt photos!


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simple patchwork


I took Hazel for a walk one cool morning recently and grabbed this patchwork quilt I finished up for her just after she was born. During our walk I spent some time admiring the quilt and decided it would be fun to make up a few more. I love the pairing of Liberty of London prints with some solids and a few other special fabrics.


I dug through my Liberty stash (which has lots more variety since I joined the Westwood Acres Liberty club), and started making piles of fun color combos. I didn’t have any planned color groupings in mind, so it was kind of fun to see what came about. I love the soft neutrals in this one, paired with Liberty florals and several Cloud 9 cirrus solids in aquas and corals.


It’s so nice to see some of these favorite fabrics in a quilt finally! It’s also nice to have a project that doesn’t require too much thought. I sewed this one together after spending a number of days just staring at the design wall. I wasn’t having much luck coming up with anything I wanted/could sew, so I decided to stop overthinking things and just work on some fun patchwork. While it didn’t solve my other design issues, it did make me smile to have sewn something pretty. As a bonus, I have a few other color combos set aside for the next time I need a bit of simple sewing!



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intersection (take 2, in Tiger Lily)


In an attempt to keep some variety on this here blog, I thought I’d hold off on the Tiger Lily triangle quilt I mentioned in my last post. Back to back triangle posts….no good! (Ha!)


Fortunately, I couldn’t resist a second quilt out of Heather Ross’s upcoming Tiger Lily collection (for Windham Fabrics). There’s a fun variety of prints and colors, so while my initial quilt includes lots of low volume prints, I decided to go bright and juicy with this one. After selecting some of my favorite prints, I added in a bunch of coordinating prints and then decided that it could be a fun grouping for another Intersections quilt.


I loved making the first (tutorial here), and I’m happy to say that the second was just as much fun, not to mention fast! While you can certainly take your time selecting fabrics and making individual blocks, it’s also a great block for speed sewing. I paired fabrics for 10-12 blocks at a time and then chain pieced the rings for that batch of blocks, and had this little quilt top done in no time!


Since I had already cut into most of the fat quarters of the Tiger Lily prints, I was limited as to the size of my center block, so I decided to adjust the center block measurement down a bit (I used 6″, 6 1/2″ & 7″ center squares), while keeping the other measurements the same. Happily it didn’t really change the look of the block (though it does make for a smaller block, finishing at 9″, I believe).


That plum/purple was a last minute addition, and I wasn’t completely sure about it for a while, but now I’m pretty happy with the extra shot of color it provides!


Max and Hazel are both totally in love with the cats in Heather’s new line (going so far as to kiss each piece of fabric showing a kitty whenever they see it), and after I suggested Hazel might like the equilateral triangle quilt out of the Tiger Lily prints, Max was adamant that he had to have one too. He’s very thrilled to hear that this one can be his (ah, always nice to know a quilt will be appreciated — at least while he’s this age!)




My Intersection block tutorial can be found here.

Heather Ross's Tiger Lily line will be available in August.

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