I am a fan of quilt kits. It is nice to have someone else’s eye make decisions regarding fabric and color choices. Craftsy has a ton of variety for every kind of quilter. This is my 2nd kit that I have purchased from their site.
An area that I need to challenge myself more it using different fabric lines together. I tend to use fabric lines versus mixing in other fabric lines/designers. The colors work great with each other being the designers commit to similar color schemes. I have a hard time mixing Bonnie & Camille or Tula Pink lines with each other – bit of a purist!
This isn’t my usual style, but I was drawn to the color and Free Spirit fabrics. The fabrics are a selection of True Colors prints by Heather Bailey, Anna Maria Horner, and Joel Dewberry. I’ve looked a making an Irish chain quilt for some time. The kit provides a modern feel to a classic pattern. This quilt kit is also part of a Craftsy class, The Twisted Irish Chain by Amy Gibson, of Stitchery Dickory Dock.
I cut the fabric prior to quilt retreat hoping for a very productive weekend.
I had a mess, so I tried to have some organization to the cutting and layout of the fabric with my clover wonder clips. There are lots of little pieces to keep straight. I am a bit neurotic with directional fabric. I try to keep the fabric in the same direction to continue the fabric design. I know a lot of people don’t bother with that, but I can’t really go there.
I brought this with to the retreat, but realized that I would need my design wall. I was able to sew some of the gray chain squares and 2.5 inch fabric squares to start the 9 patch blocks.
I took some time to lay out the quilt on my design wall. Thankfully, I had one roller open to use on this. I need the visual and organization to make the 9 patch squares that are between the 6.5 inch fabric blocks.
Being I had extra fabric, I decided that the quilt could be a bit bigger. I am not one to use scraps or make scrappy projects. I rather use the fabric on the original project and go bigger.
After a few hours, this is my progress:
The backing is True Colors Mod Dot in orchid by Heather Bailey. I was able to purchase that for less than $6 a yard during one of Fat Quarter Shop’s 24 hour flash sale. I am still torn about what to do for binding.
I would be very excited to have this quilt completed for the March 28th long arm appointment!
Does this count as part of Sew My Stash 2015 if I used a kit that I purchased in 2014? I did buy backing and binding. I think it counts being I didn’t search out the fabrics, I just completed the project with the necessary materials. Sounds like justification to me!
Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced’s WIP Wednesday.