Project Quilting – Fav Fabrics
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This week’s Project Quilting challenge was super hard. I had to decide what my favorite fabric was. In case you’re new to quilting, this is like asking a librarian what her favorite book is! Many of us have a stash full of beautiful fabrics. Some of them we’ve had for ages because we’re in love with the fabric and have yet to find a project worthy of cutting it up.
Fortunately for me, I like to use my fabrics, so chopping up some of my favorites wasn’t super difficult. For this challenge I decided to cut into my Good Company panel by Cori Dantini for Blend Fabrics.
It’s 20 kinds of adorable, and along with the multi print made fabulous focus fabric for my challenge quilt this week.
For the quilt, I decided to pull several colorways that worked with the art in the focus prints. I chose to go with green, blue, yellow, purple, coral-orange, and neutrals. I used each of these separate color ways to make scrappy improv log cabin blocks, along with a few solid squares interspersed throughout.
I started by blocking out my design on graph paper, determining the placement of the large panel pieces. The rest of the quilt layout was worked out as I went, and I absolutely love the results.
“Good Company” finishes at approximately 52×60″. Do you have a favorite fabric?
Andrea, what beautiful fabric–and what an inspiring project you’ve made! That’s why I love your blog–I get so many good ideas from it and it keeps my creativity flowing! I need to make a quilted eyeglass case for my rather bulky sunglasses, and I was just thinking, this is a perfect way to use my favourite fabric!
A question: I want to incorporate some transfer prints into my crazy quilt. Some are already ironed onto what feels like T-shirt type fabric, with a kind of plastic backing. Is there any special way to launder/clean a crazy quilt, particularly with an eye to keeping the transfers bright? Dirt/dust is a much bigger factor here where I live in than in the US, but still–do you handwash? Machine on a gentle cycle? Or send it to be drycleaned when it needs it?
(I hope you don’t mind my commenting so often!)
I don’t mind your comments at all. I look forward to them! If you did the transfers yourself, and followed the instructions, they should hold up fairly well in the gentle cycle of your machine. But if you’re still worried about it, you can seal it with something like Fabric Mod Podge – http://www.amazon.com/Podge-CS11218-8-Ounce-Glue-Fabric/dp/B001681Z8Q. This will seal the color in. It will make the fabric a bit more stiff feeling on top- at least at first (probably similar to how the back of that fabric feels) but you can test it on a scrap piece of fabric before you do all of them if you aren’t sure how you’ll like it.
This is just adorable!
Thanks so much Lisa! I’m glad you stopped by.
Thank you so much!
You are very welcome. I’m glad to help when I can.
I love the Rocket Age line by Riley Blake, especially the Navy Rocket Blast print.
I really like the way you mixed in the panels with the scrappy log cabins, and the mix of colors work really well together!
That is a really fun print. My local store has that line and I eye it every time I’m in there. I’ve been trying not to purchase too much fabric lately, but prints like that make it hard.
That squirrel is seriously the cutest thing ever. I love the way you used the panel’s pieces, and love what you did with the rest. So cute!
Thanks so much Trish! I love working with panels. They can add such fun dimension to a quilt.
Andrea, this is one of my all time faves too! Love Cori Dantini! And I love what you did with it too!
Thanks so much Chris! I’ve still got half of my Panel to do something else with. I just have to decide what it will be.
What a great fabric to start with. And your treatment with colors and log cabins worked very well. The arrangement of the colors is nicely distributed.
Thanks so much Claire! The placement of colors was improv, just like my log cabin piecing, but I got lucky and it worked out well. Thanks for stopping by.
This is absolutely wonderful! I LOVE it!
Thanks so much Kim! I always love getting positive feedback, especially from such a creative and awesome quilter as yourself.
Absolutely, totally, too cute! I feel so happy just looking at the picture!
Thanks so much Janie! The fabric makes me happy too. It was a perfect project to brighten my spirits through, what is hopefully, our last snow storm of the season.
You did a great job turning that adorable panel into a fantastic quilt.Your choice of colors was spot on. Thanks for sharing over at Oh Scrap!
Thanks so much Cynthia. I really enjoy making scrappy projects.
Love this. The colors are awesome.
Thanks so much Marni! I really enjoyed making this quilt. Now I just wish the sun would shine and the flowers would grow so it can be as cheery outside as it is on my couch.
how sweet! Love the mix of fabrics. LeeAnna
Thanks so much LeeAnna! I really enjoyed working on this project. It screams spring.
Gosh yes I have favorite fabric! Too much in fact. And favorite bits of lace, etc. (I quilt also)
Regarding your quilt – I love how your quilt has so much more visual impact then just the starter fabric.
My project has some bits of lace in it…
That is really fun! I have a lot of lace that I love too.
What a fun quilt! I love how you have mixed the focus fabric with the scrappy blocks.
Thanks so much Sue! I had a great time making this quilt. I guess it shows a bit in the finished product.