For the past few years, most of the sewing that I do is for a dedicated purpose – a gift, a pattern, a tutorial, etc. I’m trying to make more of an effort to just make things for fun – to do something that I want to rather than have to do, and playing with fabric combinations that speak to me. This is one of those projects and I’m super happy with the way it turned out!
A while back I pulled out my Denyse Schmidt stash from a variety of her collections, and put them all in color spectrum order. I loved the way they worked together – lots of warm, saturated color. Then I started trying them with some Alison Glass Handcrafted batiks and they played off each other so nicely!
Ever since I made my Hopscotch quilt out of Kona Solids last summer, I’ve wanted to make the pattern again using prints and a color-spectrum layout. It turned out to be the perfect pattern for pulling all of those fun prints together.
I finished the pieced top at a retreat in March and thought it would be finished quickly since all I had to do after that was add borders and find a back. But the backing took me a while. (Of course. I have a few tops that just need backs, for crying out loud.)
I try to stock up on backs when I find clearance fabric, but none of my stock felt warm enough for this quilt. Finally I found this orange small plaid, but still didn’t have enough for the full back.
I figured if I was going to have to piece a back, I might as well make it fun to match the front of the quilt, so I put together another color spectrum using more Denyse Schmidt and friends fabrics for the back. A good way to bust through some stash on hand too.
The quilting was done by Melissa at Sew Shabby Quilting. I chose the all over “Square Dance” pattern – it’s one of my favorites for all-over texture in a more linear design.
The background fabrics are Riley Blake Gray La Creme dots (one of my favorite basics) paired with Robert Kaufman Quilter’s Linen in Beige. I love the way the two neutral fabrics give this version of the Hopscotch pattern a warmer, darker tone and at the same time help the saturated colors of the Denyse Schmidt and Alison Glass fabrics really pop.
One more fun shot for the road. The night before we left on our trip to New Hampshire, we had an amazing double rainbow. My husband suggested getting a shot of the quilt with the rainbow in the background. I hesitated because I try to take my quilt pictures on the down-low, in random places where no one knows me, and not in front of all my neighbors who already think I’m a little weird. (Except for my backyard neighbors who see me taking pictures out there all the time and already know I’m weird.) I know, clearly I have issues.
But he kept encouraging me. So we ran to the nearby park, dodging raindrops, where he stood on a bench using his stellar quilt-holding-skills so I could get this shot. I couldn’t capture the full scope of the rainbow, but we got this one. And I’m glad he talked me into it!