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.

good company panel

It’s 20 kinds of adorable, and along with the multi print made fabulous focus fabric for my challenge quilt this week.

good company multi print

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.

good company quilt

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 quilt

“Good Company” finishes at approximately 52×60″. Do you have a favorite fabric?


  1. anna in spain on March 6, 2015 at 8:12 am

    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!)

    • Andrea on March 6, 2015 at 9:28 am

      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 – 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.

  2. Lisa Marie on March 6, 2015 at 9:09 am

    This is just adorable!

    • Andrea on March 6, 2015 at 9:23 am

      Thanks so much Lisa! I’m glad you stopped by.

  3. anna in spain on March 6, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Thank you so much!

    • Andrea on March 6, 2015 at 10:20 am

      You are very welcome. I’m glad to help when I can.

  4. Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl on March 6, 2015 at 10:57 am

    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!

    • Andrea on March 6, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      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.

  5. Trish Frankland on March 6, 2015 at 11:08 am

    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!

    • Andrea on March 6, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      Thanks so much Trish! I love working with panels. They can add such fun dimension to a quilt.

  6. chris on March 6, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Andrea, this is one of my all time faves too! Love Cori Dantini! And I love what you did with it too!

    • Andrea on March 6, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      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.

  7. Claire on March 6, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    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.

    • Andrea on March 6, 2015 at 9:56 pm

      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.

  8. Kim of Persimon Dreams on March 8, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    This is absolutely wonderful! I LOVE it!

    • Andrea on March 8, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      Thanks so much Kim! I always love getting positive feedback, especially from such a creative and awesome quilter as yourself.

  9. Janie on March 8, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Absolutely, totally, too cute! I feel so happy just looking at the picture!

    • Andrea on March 8, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      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.

  10. Cynthia Brunz Designs on March 9, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    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!

    • Andrea on March 9, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      Thanks so much Cynthia. I really enjoy making scrappy projects.

  11. Marni @ HaberdasheryFun on March 9, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Love this. The colors are awesome.

    • Andrea on March 9, 2015 at 9:38 pm

      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.

  12. LeeAnna Paylor on March 10, 2015 at 9:18 am

    how sweet! Love the mix of fabrics. LeeAnna

    • Andrea on March 10, 2015 at 10:29 am

      Thanks so much LeeAnna! I really enjoyed working on this project. It screams spring.

  13. Jeanne on March 10, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    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…

    • Andrea on March 10, 2015 at 6:17 pm

      That is really fun! I have a lot of lace that I love too.

  14. Sue on March 13, 2015 at 8:17 am

    What a fun quilt! I love how you have mixed the focus fabric with the scrappy blocks.

    • Andrea on March 13, 2015 at 10:52 am

      Thanks so much Sue! I had a great time making this quilt. I guess it shows a bit in the finished product.

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