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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the intersection of Friedlander and Carkai

I started this quilt top with the intention of remaking my Intersection quilt (tutorial here). I made 4 blocks, chopped them up, sewed them back together into the intersection blocks… and didn’t like them!

Luckily though, I do like these blocks as they are prior to chopping them up and sewing them back together, and set on point I like them even more!

They’re made up of all Carolyn Friendlander fabrics (along with just a couple Kona solids that complemented). I bought a bundle of Carolyn’s latest, Friedlander, from my local shop, Nido, and loved how they looked with my left over prints from Carkai (and there might be a couple from older lines that snuck in too…)

I said it on Instagram, and I’ll say it again here, I don’t think I’ll ever tire of Carolyn’s prints! It certainly doesn’t hurt that all her lines pair so nicely with one another. And it also doesn’t hurt that she provides such a great variety of colors/prints/scale.

I used one of her low volume prints for the center of each square, and bordered it in two of the prints. Rather than making the entire quilt out of these blocks, I decided to use what I had already made and fill in the rest with squares of the low volume prints. The random pointy triangles on the sides? Not sure. I made a few and then felt I should use them!

It was a beautiful day for photos at the lake. Unlike some years, Lake Champlain has not frozen over entirely, though you can see a section of frozen lake and then the open water behind us here (never fear, Morgan is standing on solid ground – he’s not a fan of walking on the ice!)

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Sleeping Porch 2 x 4 quilt

I can’t resist a new Heather Ross line, so I didn’t wait too long to snatch up a bundle of her newest, Sleeping Porch, forĀ Windham Fabrics. I bought a fat quarter bundle including solids from Llama Fabrics, and decided it would be a perfect line to use for another 2 x 4 quilt.

This entire line is cotton lawn, and my oh my, it’s so light and soft! I love lawn, and love quilts made out of lawn. I recommend pairing it with a nice low loft batting – I like Quilters Cotton Request – for a great spring/summer weight quilt.

The various lights and darks in this line, plus the addition of the corresponding lawn solids, makes this a great line for the 2 x 4 quilt.

I used all the fabrics, and was able to make an oversized throw with little to no waste. (That’s one of my favorite things about this pattern – almost no waste when you use fat quarters!)

I’m hoping to back this one in one of the prints from this line, but can’t decide which one is best. I’m leaning towards the purple moth, or the fortune teller print in either pink or orange. Help?

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