Get in line! – a Heather Ross quilt

Any Heather Ross fans out there? (Ha! What kind of a question is that?!) If you’ve been reading for a while, you know that I’ve long had a love affair for Heather’s designs. Her Lightning Bugs & other mysteries line was nearly gone when I first started sewing, and I quickly snagged whatever I could find. They still hold a special spot in my heart as being some of the fabrics that initially drew me into quilting (and also into the thrill of chasing down hard to find fabrics!)

Luckily, I didn’t have to chase down these prints for this quilt. The kind people at Windham fabrics were so nice to send me a bundle of Heather’s Kinder line right before it was available and I quickly got to work making something with it (earlier post about this quilt here).

After pulling out my favorites, I noticed how nicely they paired with my favorite prints from Heather’s Briar Rose line so I decided this quilt should be a combination of all my favorites. I just love the colors together, and then the prints themselves… apples and roses and frogs… bumblebees and strawberries and paperdolls.

I decided to back this one in the frog print from the Kinder line, but oops, failed to buy quite enough, so improvised with some left over scraps for one corner. A bit of straight line quilting and this one was done!

I had trouble finding a binding – I couldn’t find a solid that worked, and another print from one of these lines seemed like it would be too busy. I finally found a purple print by Denyse Schmidt in my stash that I think worked well. Plus, Denyse and Heather always seem to go together somehow.

And finally, after carrying this quilt around in the car with me for weeks, Morgan spotted this barn/sugarhouse/store? that appeared closed (nothing worse than people staring while I’m trying to take quilt photos!) on our way to take the kids skiing this past weekend.

Yay! I can finally show it to you. Photographing quilts used to be the easy part, but lately it’s the part that’s holding me up from getting these online. I suppose a backlog of projects is a good problem to have though…

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