We don’t have much snow this winter in central Minnesota, and the weather has been fairly mild. But this weekend the arctic air finally settled in on us and it started to feel like a typical January in Minnesota. On Saturday the high temperature was 4 degrees! And I\’m not even adding in the wind chill factor. Oh yes, this is the perfect weather for hibernating in my house and quilting, don’t you think?
Primrose Quilt: Fat Quarter Style
I found a way to bring a whole lot of warm sunshine and happiness into my sewing room this weekend, as I began work on one of my favorite patterns from the Fat Quarter Shop\’s terrific book, “Fat Quarter Style.\” The quilt I chose is called \”Primrose.\” I’ve been drooling over that quilt since the book first came out! I was just waiting for the right fabric. My choice for this happy quilt . . . \”Calico Days\” by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet!
The little letters are \”Alphabitties\” from Fat Quarter Shop. They are an excellent way to keep your pieces organized!
I hit a small snag during the planning and cutting stage, as I really wanted to do the navy background as shown in the book. You can see here how great the yellow flower looks on a navy background in the picture below! However, the \”Calico Days\” line includes some darker blue prints. I wasn\’t sure how well they would stand out in a finished quilt against the navy, and I didn’t want to omit those darling blue prints. I was in quite the quilting quandary and even texted my support group and pestered my family to weigh in with votes. The votes were split, but in the end I decided to sew up my flowers with a white background. I think the effect will bright and cheerful. I\’m sure someday I will have to make another with the navy background!
There are 12 quilts in the \”Fat Quarter Style\” book. As with all of the lovely quilts in the book, the pattern for \”Primrose\” is available in four sizes: crib, lap, twin and queen. I will be making the lap quilt. I have all of my pieces cut and have made six flowers. Don\’t they just make you think of summertime?
I have worked with several of Fat Quarter Shop\’s \”It\’s Sew Emma\” patterns, and without fail they are easy to follow with detailed instructions and terrific illustrations! I encourage you to check out this book and other \”It\’s Sew Emma\” patterns at your local quilt shop. Please visit Fat Quarter Shop by clicking their banner ad in my left sidebar. You will be amazed at their vast product line, video tutorials, excellent customer service and much, much more!
To finish off my Saturday sewing, I had to add the stems and leaves to just one of my blocks to see how darn cute it was going to be. And of course it was too darn cute!!
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! If you live in my neck of the woods, I hope you are using this cold weather snap as an excuse to keep that sewing machine whirring. And to everyone, happy sewing to you! ~Taunja