Firstly, just a reminder that the Auction for Eleni is underway over on Instagram. There are tons of handmade items and rare fabrics up for auction to support the family of Rachel from Stitched In Color. Rachel’s newborn, Eleni, is in need of medical care, and it’s great to see the online quilting world pulling together to help.
In my last post I introduced you to my latest pattern, Gather ‘Round, which was made with solid fabrics.
I think this example is quite unisex, maybe even veering towards masculine – even stronger colour choices would make this a great quilt for a man.
So for something different, I decided to make a girlie version too – this time in prints (subtle prints, but they’re there).
This version is made with Cotton + Steel basics in Netorious Plummy and Melody Pink.
The grey background fabric is Carolyn Friedlander Architextures in Grey Crosshatch.
Last time I went with straight-line quilting across the quilt, this time I wanted to work on the diagonal.
Lovely Melissa, one of my pattern testers, had completed this bright, happy, scrap-busting version and used just the type of quilting I was thinking of:
My quilting ended up being a little more dispersed, and I added a few extra lines here and there to make it a little different (and to be honest, I had half a reel of hot pink thread left so I thought I might as well use it up). I like the way it turned out, and the whole quilt is a lot less stiff and more cuddly than my straight-line quilted one.
Binding was made with the left over Netorious Plummy padded out with some Cotton + Steel XOXO in Plummy, plus a little insert of the Melody Pink.
For the backing I went nuts with Heather Ross’ Far, Far Away in Unicorn Purple. Can’t get much more girlie than that!
Our resident 9 year old has already put dibs on this one; she didn’t receive much opposition from the boys (although the 3 yr old is quite taken with the unicorns). It’s the perfect size for couch sitting (60″ x 80″) so I predict it will get a lot of use this coming winter.
The pattern for Gather ‘Round can be found in the shop. Hope you’re all enjoying a leisurely Sunday!