31 January 2013

Boardwalk Quilt in Fat Quarterly No. 12

I finished this quilt several months ago. It was a gift for my nephew's high school graduation.

I held off showing photos because the pattern for the quilt appears in the new issue of Fat Quarterly. The theme of Issue No. 12  is Precuts. I used jelly-roll-sized strips from lots of different fabric lines, and quilted a grid of straight lines through the strips, then echo quilting around the clover shape.

The finished quilt is 72" x 100", generously sized for my tall nephew's extra-long twin dorm room bed.

I had lots of leftover scraps from the width-of-fabric strips, plus older scraps from a surprising number of previous blue & brown projects, including my Shirting quilt and Marquee quilts (1 and 2).

I mixed them all together into scrappy rail fence blocks.

I set the rail fence column in a background of denim Essex linen, with a few more scrappy bits here and there, and stamped a simple label on the back.

Photo credit: Joel Ignacio
The bias binding is a navy crosshatch print by Lotta Jansdotter.

Photo credit: Joel Ignacio
I showed the quilt at the June 2012 East Bay Modern Quilt Guild meeting at New Pieces Quilt Shop.

Fat Quarterly is always full of great patterns and inspiration, and this issue is no exception. You really do owe yourself a subscription!

12 January 2013

Lucky Trips Around the World

I've gotten caught up in the online quilting fad of the moment, making a Scrappy Trips Around the World quilt following Quiltville's clever tutorial.

Last month Alison Glass sent me nine fat quarters of Lucky Penny, her debut line of prints for Andover Fabrics. The colors are deep and vibrant, and the prints are bold without being fussy. And the 'Bike Path' dot stripes are perfect.

I added a tenth print from the collection, and paired the prints with about 20 solids from my stash in coordination colors.

To make the most of the fat quarters, I upped the strip size from 2 1/2" to 3 3/8" (couldn't quite squeeze out 3 1/2") by 21" long, yielding 17" blocks.

Sixteen blocks later I have a quilt top.

I'm so happy with it as a complete quilt, and I love how the larger squares show off the prints.