quilts for cotton + steel


Believe me, when I was asked to create two quilts for upcoming Cotton + Steel collections, I was beyond thrilled. I loved all of their previous lines, and couldn’t wait to see what was next. Of course, the timing wasn’t ideal, being that it was smack in the middle of our move, but I really couldn’t say no. So in the midst of packing and all, I was busy planning quilts and cutting into these gorgeous new fabrics.


I immediately knew I wanted to play around with triangles with Alexia’s new Mesa line. I opted for a larger equilateral triangle design – alternating the Mesa prints with a double triangle design to feature a fun solid and corresponding neutral. I love this colorway – lots of blues and aquas and reds along with the fun Toy Boat solid by RJR.


I went through a number of ideas for Sarah Watt’s Tokyo Trainride (ah, the pressure!), and ultimately with a deadline looming, went with this design, which was a little less me, but fun nonetheless. I mixed many of the prints and basics in a quarter log cabin design, then bordered it with flying geese in a number of corresponding solids. I love the little extra it adds and it’s fun to see the secondary pattern that emerges when the blocks are put together.


It was so fun to have a chance to see them in person in Houston in the Cotton + Steel booth! I had sent them off as quilt tops, so it was exciting to see them finished (beautifully quilted by Gina Pina). As I walked through Houston I kept finding spots I was wishing I could use as a photo shoot, but since I wasn’t going to be able to smuggle them out of the convention center, these iphone photos will have to suffice!

A big thanks again to the ladies of Cotton + Steel for giving me the opportunity to make quilts out of your beautiful upcoming collections!


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17 Responses to quilts for cotton + steel

  1. 1
    Michelle says:

    I absolutely love these quilts, especially the log cabin one!!

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    sophie says:

    WOW:! I think these quilts are beyond beautiful!! you are so so creative and talented!

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    Lauren says:

    Amazing!!! I can’t believe you did these in the middle of a move!! Congratulations, they are beautiful!!!

  4. 4

    Love how they both turned out! Great job and congrats for having the opportunity to do so!

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    Jan says:

    Both quilts are wonderful, but I really love the triangles one!

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    Cindy says:

    These are awesome, Ashley! You did an amazing job and so brave to take on while moving. I would have been freaking out!:)

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    Julie N says:

    Absolutely love the log cabin quilt. That is the most beautiful use of these fabrics yet!!! Congrats on being asked to sew for them. I’m sure you’ll be asked again – and should be.

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    gigi voegeli says:

    Pretty cool! And great quilts!

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    Nancy B. says:

    Wow! What amazing quilts!!! I would love to make the log cabin one.

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    Carla says:

    I really like what you did X2! They are both gorgeous

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    Colleen says:

    It absolutely amazing me how much you get done and do it with so much originality.

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    Rachel Pryer says:

    Beautiful! I love them both!

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    Erin S. says:

    I absolutely love these! They are so beautiful!

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    Karin says:

    ah, love the quilts! The bottom one reminds me of a project I did for the Moda Bake Shop! http://www.modabakeshop.com/2013/03/noteworthy-labyrinth-quilt.html Great minds think alike 🙂

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