Stonington – In Progress

If you follow me on Instagram, then you will have seen a few little looks of this quilt top – bits and pieces here and there.  But I haven’t shown the whole thing yet, so here it is!

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This quilt uses Stonington by Denyse Schmidt and I love it.  But I love everything she does.  Denyse Schmidt just gets me.

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I’ve had this pattern idea for quite a while now and Stonington seemed like the perfect fabric to use for it.

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Like most of my quilts, I roughly figured out the size of it and how much fabric I would need, but I also kind of played it by ear.  Usually this works out for me, but sometimes it doesn’t.  This was one of those times where I realized I needed to make the quilt longer than I had planned on and I was running low on fabric.

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For reference, I made this quilt out of a set of Stonington fat eighths plus the white fabric.  But I was a little short on the Stonington fabric because I cut into it to make blocks for another project I’m working on.  I barely cut any fabric from the fat eighths but it was just enough to make me a bit short, so I had to improvise.  The solution was scrappy triangles!

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I must admit I’m happy I was low on fabric because I love how they turned out!

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A couple of other things about this quilt design: I wanted to make it different than just another triangle quilt, which is why I added the strips of fabric between the rows of triangles.

I also wanted it to look as close to perfect as possible, so I even got my ruler out and measured to ensure I was putting the seams exactly in the middle of the white triangles.  It definitely took extra time and pinning, but it was worth it.  I worked really hard on getting the points of my triangles just right, too.

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And finally, the white(ish) color in the Stonington fabric is not a true white but is an off-white.  It matches Kona Cotton Bone really well.  I had some Kona Cotton Bone in my stash but not nearly enough to finish the quilt.  I thought about buying some more, but I’m trying to limit the amount of fabric I buy this year and instead use what I have, and I had a bunch of Kona Cotton White.  So that’s what I used.

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I think the white actually helps the colors in the Stonington fabric pop a little bit more than if I had used Kona Cotton Bone.  I’m glad I used it!

Oh, oh, oh.  One more thing.  See how the top and bottom of the quilt begins and ends with strips of Stonington fabric?

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I didn’t want to do it that way and would have preferred for the top and bottom of the quilt to be triangles.  I think I would have had enough fabric to add one more row of triangles if I had made more scrappy ones, but I decided to keep it as it is because it’s not that big of a deal to me.

So that’s it!  I’ve already started quilting this one but I’m not in a hurry to finish it.  But then again sometimes I get on a quilting roll and knock it out.  We’ll see how my weekend goes.  Stay tuned!

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4 comments

  1. That’s so gorgeous! I’m working on a 2017 BOM by Sarah Fielke and using mostly Stonington fabric. It’s such a wonderful colour palette and mix of prints. Sometimes I think Denyse Schmidt knows what I like before I do!

  2. Angela, your quilts are absolutely gorgeous! You are such a perfectionist and it really shows in your tiny perfect little pieces of fabric that you’ve sewn together! After looking at all the beautiful & creative quilts that you’ve made I’m hoping that I will be inspired to finish embroidering my quilt blocks…it could happen.??.. I think I need to hurry and finish them before you are famous and won’t have time to put it together for me.
    Love you, Aunt Karen

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