Whew, this quilt turned into a bit of a whirlwind! It all started with some inspiration from the Quilt Du Jour book by Marny Buck and Jill Guffy* (see my review of this book here) Then I needed to find the perfect fabric and my eye wandered onto these 2 bundles of Karen Lewis Textiles’ Blueberry Park and things took off.
Initially I sketched out the block shapes I wanted to see if they would work as a collection, then made a paper rendition of each one (actually 3 different sizes for the circles) so that I could fling the constituent parts down on my cutting table for each block, shuffled them about a bit and decide if I liked the arrangement.
I decided to give myself a couple of rules, one that I wanted to alternate the top and the bottom blocks, and the other that I wanted the rainbow gradation to go diagonally across the quilt, following the arrangement of the fabrics in the bundles. With 25 fabrics per bundle, I decided that to give them all the best chance to both shine and coalesce I would use 49 of them and do a 7 x 7 arrangement, so I hoiked out one of the mustardy coloured ones (which I admit are not my favourite) and then sat there with some gridded paper and having assigned a number to each fabric in the pile worked out what number to put in which location to try and spread things out. In total there were 4 units x 49 blocks, each of which were represented by a different place on the gird and each of which could be a different colour. I had no idea when I did this what colour would end up where, but I trusted that Robert Kaufman’s arrangement in the stack would give me a gradual enough gradation that things wouldn’t end up too clashy and off the wall.
With each number in the grid 4 times, I propped that up against my hardware storage boxes on my cutting table and then having cut masses of white bits I started randomly arranging block units, only ever pulling fabric and cutting the KLT for one block at a time, so I never knew if, for example, I would end up with the same shapes coming point to point on the diagonal, or crowded in a meeting of block corners (each unit was off centred, so as to create good amount of white space). My inner planner would have ideally regimented them, but the point was to try and not regiment things, so there we go, things have clumped and colours are adjacent and the world did not end. Yet.
I used the Shattered Lines quilting technique from my favourite Christa Watson book, Machine Quilting With Style* (see my review of this book here) because I wanted something simple that wouldn’t interfere with the block shapes but was also a bit off the wall, rather like the quilt.
For the backing I used some of my hoarded Tula Pink wideback (I’m determined to actually use ALL the nice fabric this year) in the orange, as I figured this was a quilt that could handle a bold backing. The binding was in some of the navy daisy print that I happen to have picked up in the Fluffy Sheep Quilting closing down sale (I clearly had a premonition that it would be useful!)
So there it is, proof that I actually can cut into and use Karen Lewis Textile fabrics (it’s been a bit of a running joke between us over the years that I just buy it to pet it)
Fabric: Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis Textiles for Robert Kaufman and white Kona cotton
Thread: Aurifil 2021 for both piecing and quilting
Batting: Warm & Natural Needled Cotton
Size: 84” x 84” approx
Quilting Design: Shattered Lines by Christa Watson
Quilted By: ‘Lil ole me
Pattern: Based on inspiration from the book Quilts Du Jour from the layout of their Crudités block
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