Last Spring at Quilt Market I was flipping through the Riley Blake catalog of their upcoming collections and the first one that caught my eye was a modern collection in blues, browns and neutrals. Then I looked to see who the designer was: Deena Rutter. I wasn’t surprised – I’ve been a fan of Deena’s designs for a long time (see here and here). So when she asked if I’d like to make a project using this Knock on Wood collection I jumped at the chance.
You may remember when I shared these prints in my post about choosing fabric for a quilt. I think the thing that first spoke to me about this line is the great colors. Then the prints – love that wood-grain print and those modern, organic-looking crosses especially. All together it’s such a great combination that reads “boy” but not juvenile or baby.
I’ve been wanting (needing) for sometime to make a quilt for my oldest boy. He’s the only one without a ‘big kid’ quilt. These colors and prints were perfect – something that he could use and grow with.
This quilt is based on my Simple Stripes quilt tutorial. I’ve wanted to make a larger, updated version for a while, so this was perfect. This is a great quick for a fast assembly. This is the ‘twin size’ version (63″ x 84″). It requires at least 16 ⅓ yard cuts (I used all 18 print from the collection to give a little more variety.)
If you want to make it any bigger (73″ x 94″ Twin) I would suggest a 5″ border all the way around. Buy 1 ½ yards of fabric and cut 8 strips 5 ½″ wide x width of fabric.
I love this pattern because not only does it come together quickly, but it’s a great one for showing off large scale prints. From a distance many of these fabrics read blenders (making themselves versatile in lots of projects) and I love the way they make that busier, focus print pop, giving the quilt a modern, abstract feel.
I also used one of these strip-y prints prints on the back for fun, and because it might help camouflage any dirt from taking the quilt to lacrosse or football games.
I also love the little pops of gold and orange these prints give – providing a few ‘zinger’ spots in a relatively neutral quilt.
To finish it off perfectly, Melissa from Sew Shabby Quilting quilted it with a wood-grain quilting pattern.
You can see more projects made with Knock on Wood this week over at Deena Ruter’s blog, including a tutorial for this modern, off-kilter T-shirt quilt made by Jennifer Selos. I think it’s such a fun variation on traditional T-shirt quilts.
If you’d like to see more projects with Knock on Wood, you can visit these quilters:
Wednesday, 9/14 Dara Tomasson, Stitched Quilting Co.
Thursday, 9/15 Jina Barney, Jina Barney Designz
Friday, 9/16 Amanda Niederhauser, Jedi Craft Girl
Saturday, 9/17 Deena Rutter