This week I finished a special quilt top, one made out of beautiful fat quarters I have gathered over the past year. It’s a mix of dusty, denim blues and soft pinky-reds. I’ve sent it off to the quilter to be finished, and I can’t wait for it to return!
The pattern is called Wayne & Gordie from the book Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites by Carrie Nelson. The quilt finished at 74” x 81” and was a snap to make with Carrie’s strip piecing method. For fabrics I pulled together several blues from Sweetwater’s new Sweet Tea collection, rosy reds and pinks from 3 Sisters’ Poetry and Victoria collections, as well as a couple of navy and pink prints from Lella Boutique’s Garden Variety and Olive’s Flower Market collections. Not only do the colors play well together, I like the mix of the traditional designs (3 Sisters) with the more contemporary flair (Sweet Tea and Lella Boutique).
This quilt is the perfect example of why I love fat quarters. It’s fun to collect pretty prints, knowing that if I wait long enough, they will eventually partner up with other collected fat quarters and create a lovely new blend. This basket sat on my sewing table for months as I added, deleted and rearranged prints. Eventually the basket whispered, “Sew these up!”
When it came to working on the quilt backing, I didn’t have quite enough of the creamy floral print (3 Sisters). But I did have extra scraps and fat quarters! So I stitched them together to create a pieced band the width of the quilt. When joined with my backing fabric, I had just enough to back the quilt. I’m only going to show you a sneak peek of the backing right now.
Since I’m on a fat quarter kick, I wanted to remind you of some of my Carried Away Quilting fat quarter patterns:
74″ x 74″
50″ x 18″
64″ x 76″
Fat Quarter Flourish
20″ x 20″
48″ x 57″
74″ x 74″
All of my patterns are available on my Etsy Shop. I hope one of them inspires you to start your own pretty basket of fat quarters.
Thanks for stopping by. Now go and get carried away quilting!