This weekend I finished a quilt that has been in progress for a while now. And I’m SO happy with the final results. I was going for a really vintage, faded, Cath-Kidston-y look. And I think it worked. All thanks entirely to the fabrics.
This is my second quilt made with the Strawberry Fields collection designed by Jan Figueroa for Moda. Usually I like to throw prints from other fabric collections together and mix them up a little, but since I loved every print in this collection, I figured why mess with a look I already love?
The first Strawberry Fields quilt was the Easy Bricks quilt made for Moda Bake Shop. I used 2 Layer Cakes (collections of 10″ squares) to create both quilts. For the Bricks quilt I used more of the saturated colors to contrast with the white fabric. This one I used all the light prints and the remaining brights to create a more washed out color palette. Both quilts were machine quilted by my friend, Meridee.
I usually go for bolder binding fabrics to really frame the quilt, but this quilt called for something more subtle that looked old and classic, so I went with the bias blue gingham. Does it get more classic than bias blue gingham? I’m not sure. I think one of the reasons I love the way this one turned out is because it looks like something Anne Shirley would have on her bed. But then again, it’s maybe a little too froofy for Marilla’s more sensible taste.
And here’s a literal “behind the scenes” shot. I took these pictures last night at my mom’s house before a family barbecue. My husband rarely has the privilege to hold my quilts for pictures, so I thought I’d give him this awesome opportunity. This may even be his debut on the blog. (At least in a photograph. He did write an awesome guest tutorial in June.) Isn’t he doing a great job? Look at how straight those arms are. And that’s after a 7-hour hike with our 7-yr-old. What an iron man. Way to go, honey.
This quilt was made using my Hour Glass Quilt pattern (only I eliminated 6 blocks – one row- to make it a little smaller and to use the number of 10″ squares that I had. And I made the inside border slightly wider.) If you’re looking for Strawberry Fields fabric you can find it at Shabby Fabrics & Fresh Squeezed Fabrics.