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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a less colorful checkered garden?

A couple things! I still have not yet contacted any long arm quilters about quilting my king sized checkered garden quilt. Mostly because I dread the thought of having to iron all those seams again. I also can’t seem to decide on a backing. Probably an extra wide one so I don’t have to piece it, but which one?! A print? Another solid?

If you’d like to make up a similar-looking checkered garden quilt, I worked with Beth at Stash Fabrics to put together a large FQ bundle of many of the Kona solids I used in my original quilt. You can snag a bundle right here. My Checkered Garden tutorial is here if you want to make your own.

Anyway, despite not finishing the original, I keep thinking about making another one. I really like the idea of a less colorful version. I took a photo of a couple of my favorite blocks and had Morgan make a very rough mock up of what a quilt would look like if you were to use one block duplicated for the entire quilt.

I like the new pattern that emerges, but now can’t seem to commit to one set of 5 colors! (though I’m leaning to the one above)

Or you could make it just a tiny bit easier and use a plus sign in the center of each block instead of a 9 patch –

Ah, so many options, not enough time! But certainly fun to think about!

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pink tips

Lucky for this quilt top, it never actually made it to my ‘quilt top closet’. Sadly for some of those quilt tops, it’s been years since they’ve seen the light of day! This one might have been on its way there, but for a trip to Nido, where I happened to see a Cotton + Steel print that would make a perfect backing.

Quite a nice match, no? Somehow I didn’t even know this fabric existed, so I was pretty excited to see it in person. I bought enough to use it for the entire backing, so it was a pretty easy job to sew it together to make a backing.

I’m really happy with this quilt – perhaps because it wasn’t planned? I’m not sure, but I know that I love all the neutrals and the linen and those great screen printed pieces and of course the bit of hot pink at the edges (previous post about this quilt top here).

I quilted it with straight lines running horizontally and vertically, irregularly spaced. I always love how it looks, so I’m sticking with it! It’s bound with another Cotton + Steel print – I had a few binding options, but this one easily won out for it’s great scattered design, which I think is perfect for a binding.

And then this wall! We went to the waterfront for a photo, but came across this painted wall on the back of an abandoned building. Though the quilt colors aren’t an ideal match, I couldn’t pass up such a great backdrop!

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