Continuing with my year of making vintage-inspired quilts, I present my latest called Fantasy, named for the Fantasy fabric used in it.
Fantasy is a new collection from designer Sally Kelly and starts shipping next month. (You might want to add it you your fabric wish list.) Windham was nice enough to send me some fabric this summer to try out and I’m completely sold on the collection.
The use of color immediately caught my attention, and mixed with the different patterns and it’s right up my alley.
It didn’t take long to decide on a quilt pattern once I saw the fabric. I’ve had my eye on it for a while and was just waiting for the right fabric to take it on. I’m not sure what the name of this pattern is but I’ve seen it a couple of places. Can anyone help?
Fantasy is perfect for this quilt pattern because it has a small-scale print that works well for cutting smaller pieces like the ones used here. You can cut it up without losing the overall effect of fabric.
To break up the busyness of the fabric and add interest to the blocks, I mixed in some of Windham’s Artisan Cotton solids. Windham recently added new colors to their Artisan Cotton line and many of them coordinate perfectly with Fantasy.
If you look at the blocks, you’ll see there’s no rhyme or reason for the fabric layout. This is done on purpose to make it look a bit scrappy, although it’s not scrappy so maybe that’s not the right word. I guess what I’m saying is that I didn’t want the quilt to be too uniform so I mixed each block up. The only constant is the red center pieces. There’s also red triangles mixed throughout the quilt that really stand out because of their dark color, but again, the red triangles mixed throughout are random.
I love how this quilt turned out. It’s pretty much how I envisioned it in my head, which sometimes happens and sometimes doesn’t!
The only downside is that it requires a lot of cutting and sewing, but when you see the finished product it’s all worth it.