One winter’s day when I was still in the depths of a miserable flu bug (which really annoys me as I rarely succumb to the bug of the year) I decided to venture out in search of fabric for a quilt.
No real plan of who it is for, or even what pattern it would be.
As the Workroom was having a pre-inventory sale, I thought the timing was right.
This is what I came home with:
This is definitely a bolder selection than what I first started with at the shop.. but I just couldn’t find the right combination in the more subdued colour palette.
When I saw the lovely fabric with the purple and orange butterflies,this one:
the rest just fell into place.
Now to prepare the fabric!
1. Washing the fabric – you really must do this, unless you plan on dry cleaning or never washing your finished quilt!
2. Aligning the selvages and establishing the true grain of the fabric -this also allows you to see how much fabric you actually have – not all fat quarters or metres are equal!!
3. Pressing the fabric so that it is all smooth and neat for cutting.
Now the fabric is ready to cut… but into which design?
While perusing the interweb I came across the Missouri Star Quilt Company’s you tube video tutorials. They are very informative and helpful.
Check out their one piece bias binding tutorial, it is brilliant and it works!
I decided that I liked the look of the X’s and O’s quilt blocks as some of the pieces were large enough to showcase those butterflies. You can see how to make them here.
I did make a couple of test swatches with scrap fabric first, just to be sure! Didn’t photograph those but got right to cutting and piecing!
The next part is really the tricky bit.. how to arrange the pattern. Sometimes I know exactly what it should look like at the beginning, and really, most times it is necessary to know this before you start cutting and sewing. Not this one. It was a bit of a ‘work of the moment’ from the get go.
Here are the options I came up with:
And the winner was…Random no. 2!
The overall layout of the larger fabric sections was most important, and this one seemed to tick all the right boxes in terms of light versus dark & plain versus patterned. What do you think?
Next to consider the borders and the backing…more about that soon.
Wishing you a beautiful day!