I’ve been working on a project with Deena Rutter’s Heart and Soul fabric collection (for Riley Blake Designs) for a few months now and I’m finally ready to share the big finish.
In addition to a 10″ x 10″ stack of pre-cut squares, I also incorporated a few Riley Blake Confetti Cotton solids (Riley Coral, Persimmon, Autumn, Rain Forest, Coastal Blue, and Charcoal) and the new Kisses basic in Vintage White.
In addition to the prints and solids, I was so excited to incorporate pieces from this darling coordinating panel. Besides designing cute fabric, Deena is also a talented artist and graphic designer. The panel is 56″ x 67.3″. (So really, you could just put a border on this panel, get it quilted and have a CUTE finished quilt.) The panel is available in three colorways – this bright version, a pastel version, and a ‘grays’ version.
The panel contains cheerful messages of love and inspiration. I chose to cut up the panel into individual ‘blocks’ and add some patchwork, just for fun. I used 10 of the ‘blocks’ – which means I still have 7 left over for other projects (like the cute throw pillow at the end of the post.)
Here is the quilt I created. (I’m still deciding how I feel about it…) I wanted something patchwork-y and scrappy and I feel like I definitely did that. I’m still trying to decide if it works. But I LOVE the sentiments in the quilt, so I’m excited to have this one to snuggle up with – and hopefully inspire us to be kind, happy and show more love in the process.
I’m deciding whether to write up a pattern.
I really love 10″ x 10″ precuts for making a scrappy quilt. They’re such a great alternative to getting a full fat-quarter bundle. You get all of the fabrics in a collection, but at a much more affordable price. And there’s still plenty of fabric to work with – especially if you’re making patchwork blocks.
I stared out by making a bunch of half-square-triangle blocks. I made the 2″ x 2″ HST’s into 4″ x 4″ pinwheel blocks and the 3″ x 3″ HST’s into 6″ x 6″ Broken Dishes blocks. I also made a bunch of 6″ x 6″ nine-patch blocks.
I also thought it would be fun to make a scrappy roll of Flying Geese. I bought a roll of Triangles on a Roll that I’ve wanted to play with forever and this was the perfect project. Triangles on a Roll is basically a long strip of printed paper for perfectly paper-pieced flying geese.
A long row of flying geese blocks can easily get so wonky – this keeps them accurate, straight, and with perfect points! I’m already plotting more projects with perfect flying geese! I used the 2″ x 4″ finished Flying Geese roll for this project.
Here are a few more close-ups of the Heart and Soul panel ‘blocks’ and the scrappy patchwork.
A HUGE shoutout to Melissa from Sew Shabby Quilting for doing such a great job with the quilting. The all-over Soft and Sweet design was PERFECT for this this quilt. Hearts and flowers motifs to give some all over texture to the quilt without clashing with the busy patchwork blocks.
I also used one of the panel blocks to make a quick pillow and it turned out SO cute.
In keeping with my goal of learning how to do more with my Baby Lock Destiny II machine, I learned how to create this custom quilting background around the text in the center. All done by the machine! I’m feeling pretty proud that I added this skill to my toolbox.
See the machine in action here.
In addition to using a new quilting ‘skill’ on for this pillow, I also put in a zippered back for the first time using this tutorial. Hello! It was so easy! Why have I been scared of zippers for so long! I will now put in a zipper on every pillow-back.
So there you go! You can find Deena Rutter’s Heart and Soul collection (including the panels) from the Fat Quarter Shop, the triangle basics + text from Pink Castle Fabrics, Cherry Creek Fabrics, Missouri Star Quilt Company, and various shops from Etsy.
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