Monthly Archives: January 2017

Churn Dash – In Progress

You know those quilts that become some of your favorite ever?  Well, I think this one is going to end up on my list of favorites.  I love it.  And I think the main reason I love it so much is the fabric.

This Churn Dash quilt is made with the new Heather Ross Sleeping Porch collection, which starts shipping to retailers this month.

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I was fortunate enough to get my hands on this fabric early.  Last Spring, Heather asked me to make a quilt with fabric from her new collection, which would then be photographed for the Look Book.  And now that I write that I realize I haven’t done a blog post about that project!  Ahhh!  I’ve mentioned it on Instagram but I haven’t officially written about it on the blog.  (Note to self: I need to make that project my next blog post.)

Anyway, I finished that quilt and I was lucky enough to have a fat quarter bundle of the fabric left.  The bundle includes 19 prints and six coordinating solids.

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This collection is all cotton lawn.  I’ve had a couple of people ask me how it was to work with and it was great.  I’ve used cotton lawn before but mostly for quilt backs.  If memory serves me correct, this was the first time I’ve used cotton lawn for an entire quilt.

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This, of course, is only the quilt top, but I think the whole thing is going to be so soft and dreamy when it’s all done.  (I plan to use cotton lawn for the back, too.)

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But back to the design.  I was planning to do something different and had a few ideas sketched out, but in the end, I realized what I really wanted to make was a Churn Dash quilt.

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This is my first time making a Churn Dash quilt.  Seriously!  I couldn’t believe it either, but I think it was a good choice because it highlights the many different prints and solids of the Sleeping Porch fabric beautifully.

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When pairing the fabrics, I tried to make sure I did as many different color and print combinations as possible.

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I lined up all of the blocks so I could keep track of which fabrics and combinations I had used and which ones I hadn’t.

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Then, when I started to lay the quilt out, I stacked the blocks in color families.  That way I knew how many green/blue, pink/white, purple/yellow, etc. color combinations I had.  After that, I just did my best to randomly place the blocks so that the colors were distributed throughout as evenly as possible.

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I love the colors and prints of the Sleeping Porch fabric.  I’m so happy with this quilt and can’t wait to finish it!

Thunder Bridge – In Progress

Happy 2017!  It’s a new year so that means it’s time for new quilts.  I have a couple of finished projects to share in the next few weeks, and first up is my Thunder Bridge quilt top.

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The name comes from the rickety old bridge in this photo, which looked pretty magical on the foggy winter morning before Christmas when I took this picture.

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I had the idea for this quilt block brewing this fall and finally sketched it out in November.  I wanted to get one last quilt finished for 2016 and this one was it.  It took me a few trial blocks before I got it right, but once I did I was pretty pleased with the final version.

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The fabric for this quilt is all Amy Butler fabric.  I had a stack of some older green and blue prints of hers and I thought it might look good to mix them together, along with some of the yellow prints I had.

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Side note:  A few weeks ago (after I had already made this quilt) Pantone announced its 2017 color of the year as Greenery – pretty much the colors of this quilt – and I feel so on-trend!

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You’ll notice there are a few hints of pink in the quilt.  I was going to keep the fabrics all in the green/blue color family but I had some of the lighter pink fabrics and thought I would try throwing those in, too.  I’m not sure if I like the pink mixed in or not, but I’m all for experimenting.

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One other thing I should mention.  After I started working on this block, I realized it has a lot of similarities to my Inman Park quilt, which also happens to use Amy Butler fabric.  I’m now thinking maybe I should have called this quilt Inman Park 2.0!

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Cheers to the first quilt share of 2017!  I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year.  I’m looking forward to the next 12 months and I can’t wait to see what quilt projects the new year has in store!