I am back from a fun and busy trip to LA. It was great to get to know the people behind the blogs that I love to read. Alissa, Latifah, Katie and the rest of the LA Modern Quilt guild were so nice to me, I just wanted to stay forever. While I was in LA, I dropped off a quilt that I had been working on for the last couple of months. I am so excited that I get to finally share it on my blog!
A month or so after Spring quilt market, I was contacted by Cabbages & Roses, a UK based company, that has a soon to be released fabric line with Moda. They wanted to commission me to make a quilt featuring fabric from their new line, Northcote Range, and quilt the heck out of it with my style of quilting. Who can resist an offer like that? Not me!
The thought of designing a quilt to show off the fabric and my quilting was music to my ears. So after receiving a box of the beautiful Northcote Range fabric, I began the work of making and quilting a quilt.
When working with Christina, the driving force behind Cabbages & Roses, she expressed a desire to combine the “refined rustic” look of her fabric with the style of American quilters. While making the quilt, I kept this in the front of my mind!
I opted for the bold squares in the middle because I like the way they look like frames. Each “frame” showcasing a print in the fabric line.
In contrast, I used randomly sized blocks to make up a patchwork border. I love the “shabby” look it gives to the quilt.
When the time came to quilt it, I kept the same theme. Within the patchwork border, I quilted many different designs. I wanted to add different textures and looks to each block. I knew that it would add to the fun, thrown-together look I was going for.
And because, deep in my heart I will always love feathers, I added feathers in the opposite corners of the quilt and filled in around them with a tiny swirl design I used two layers of batting in this quilt, a layer of Quilter’s Dream Poly with a layer of Quilter’s Dream wool. I love how it makes the feathers pop out just a little but not too much.
Ahhhhh…….wake me in an hour or two.
Northcote Range fabric should start shipping this week and is available for order at the Fat Quarter Shop. I opted for the sweet and lovely pink colorway, but two other colorways are available as well.
Because Moda is so generous, I had some fabric leftover.
While I would love to keep it and make a quilt for one of my girls, I figured I would share the love. Leave a comment on this post to win approx. 3 yds of Northcote Range. I will draw a winner on August 17th.