couture angles

Yay, solids! I don’t often make quilts out of just solids – somehow even when I intend to just use solids, those prints sneak their way in the mix – but this quilt reminds me that all solids can be quite fun!

This one is made up of all my favorite Michael Miller Cotton Couture colors. I’ve been using a lot of these solids lately, and I really love them. There are some great colors (though I wish there were more!) and the feel is really nice – so smooth and soft. I selected a number of colors and then randomly paired them to make up these half square triangles.

On the back I used a neutral along with a colorful strip of many of the colors from the front.

I wasn’t sure how to quilt it, so this one sat for a while, all sandwiched and ready. I considered some straight lines, or maybe some angular free motion quilting, but in the end found my inspiration once again from Angela Walters. Near the end of her book she shows how you can quilt simple arcs to fill irregularly sized blocks, but I thought it might be fun to see if I could quilt it as an allover continuous design, making a series of large flowers.

Due to the size of my blocks, each flower is quilted over four half square triangle units, so it definitely ended up being a large scale quilting design. I like it on this quilt, since it also keeps it nice and soft without too much quilting, but I think next time I’d definitely want to go with a smaller grid, and consequently smaller flowers.

So I’m thinking this will become my couch quilt for the winter. Now that it’s dark so early, I really need some nice happy colors to keep me sane through another long Vermont winter!

A previous post about this quilt can be found here.

I bought my Cotton Couture solids from the Fat Quarter Shop, and a great selection of colors are also available at Hawthorne Threads and Pink Chalk Fabrics. (And I do love the coordinating color card, available here, here, or here.)

Cotton Couture colors used in this quilt (in no particular order!): teal, wedgewood, powder blue, watermelon, starfruit, meadow, mauve, orchid, pink, taupe, dirt (also one lighter gray, which I can't seem to match, so perhaps one non-cotton couture solid snuck in there - looks close to Free Spirit Sand Dune)
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22 Responses to couture angles

  1. 1 says:

    Beautiful. I love how all the darks make that aqua pop right off the page. Lovely.

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    randi says:

    Very nice, Ahsley! And I love the photo with the blurry quilt. Very fun!

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    michelle says:

    happiness and joy….and you are right…dark so early (live in NH, and grew up across the champlain in NY)…..a bit of joy and brightness is welcomed…enjoy your bright spot đŸ™‚

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    Nicole says:

    Beautiful colors! They will definitely brighten up a winter day!

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    Amy says:

    Is the quilting free motion? Sorry, I don’t have her book, which probably tells the answer to my question. The quilting is perfect for that quilt. Love it.

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    CitricSugar says:

    Beautiful! The colours remind me of the beads and shards in a kaleidoscope…

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    karen peachey says:

    It’s so beautiful!!!! Did you keep track of the exact colors you used?

  8. 8

    Really beautiful those colours are scrummy.

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    Peggy W. Bennett says:


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    Peggy W. Bennett says:

    What size are you cutting your squares before you sew the 1/2 square triangles?

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    kristin says:

    oh i really love those colors you used, it’s like a jewel box! really love HST quilts of all types, too.

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    Erin M. says:

    What a beautiful quilt. I love working with solids and actually mostly just use them these days. This is inspiration to me.

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    Sara says:

    ooohh…I love this quilt. The colors you used are beatiful. Great work!

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    Franziska says:

    I love hst quilts. And this one makes me want to purchase some solids (charm square, layer cake whatever) to make one on my own, too. Thanks for sharing.

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    Angela Walters says:

    Wow! Great Job, what a fun quilt and great job on the quilting!!!

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    Judy Blinkenberg says:

    I certainly agree with these above comments. I love the blocks of HST’s and the colors are wonderful. I’ve never made a solids quilt before but maybe soon I will. It will look good on your couch but I can see it on a wall too.

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    Beth Ellen says:

    Simply beautiful.

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    Carla says:

    It’s sew colorful and it makes me smile.
    I do believe you’re right solids can be pretty.
    Well yours are anyway!

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    prsd4tim2 says:

    Just lovely. I love the way the quilting complements the design. Well done!

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    kait says:

    This is fantastic! such perfect balance!

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