Like many of you, I have been inspired by Maureen Cracknell’s work for years. She has just released her second fabric collection for Art Gallery Fabrics: Fleet and Flourish. This collection has a unique color palette and features lots of Maureen’s hand-drawn art.
When Maureen asked if I’d like to play with this collection, I jumped at the chance! When this fabric arrived I was beginning my preparation for my classes at QuiltCon – including a class about advanced piecing techniques, including Y-seams. So I thought I’d practice and, in the process, make a sample for my class with the new Fleet and Flourish bundle sitting on my cutting mat. I love the finished result!
I used a mini 60 degree Diamond Mini Tool template made by EZ Quilts to quickly cut my diamonds. It’s so cute and made for easily cutting from a 2 1/2″ strip. (I’ve seen them for sale at JoAnn’s, as well as online from Amazon, and Missouri Star Quilt Company.)
These diamond stars were machine-pieced – which is something that I previously would have either avoided or worried would take me a long time. But I made a bunch to practice for my class and got to the point where I really liked making them. Y-seams are not as scary as they seem!
Here’s a bigger version made with 4″ diamonds. This block is about 12″ x 12″ at it’s widest points. These go even faster. I think I’m going to make a bigger quilt one of these days. At some point (when I get my act together) I’ll pull together a tutorial for this block. In the meantime, stay tuned.
Another really fun element of this fabric was using the stripe print to make a fancy border for my stars. I LOVE the way it turned out! By fussy-cutting the stripes and using mitred corners I could easily add a border that looks much more tricky than it is. And it’s such a fun way to show off Maureen’s design in this print.
And just for fun, this came from the left over corners, once they’d been mitered. I love it too and now I need a plan for this guy. Maybe a pillow? Once again, the beauty that comes from fussy-cutting stripes…
This project still needs quilting. I’m thinking of hand-quilting it, since it’s small, just for fun. And to give it more of a home-made vibe.
Over the next few weeks, Maureen will be sharing a whole load of projects made with Fleet and Flourish. To check them out (and for the chance to win Fleet and Flourish fabric and thread!) visit Maureen’s blog for the schedule and links.
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