Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Go-To Quilt

Oh, have you seen this lovely pattern by KatieDid? She calls it her "go-to" quilt and it is such a joy to make. Quick and easy, this quilt comes together in a fraction of the time it would take to make a pieced top, but has such a lovely look and feel that you'll never miss the myriad of fabrics that a pieced top has.

In my efforts to use up my stash and not buy new fabric for each project, the front is a baby blue sateen and the back is Kona Stone. I know that Kona is the gold standard for solids, but frankly, I don't get it. Yes, the colors are beautiful and plentiful and yes, the quality is good and I've never had a bleeding problem, but I wish I liked the feel of it more. It always feels so rough compared to something like gorgeous Moda fabrics. I really like how the sateen worked up in this quilt - it's so soft to begin with and the puckering made it even more silky.

I quilted in three colors - navy blue, a mid-range blue, and a vibrant grass green. I did end up having to buy the binding fabric - nothing in my stash was quite right. Because I ended up rounding the corners, the binding was cut on the bias. I'm a big fan of rounded corners in general, though I don't typically round them on my quilts. That said, I felt like such a simple little quilt needed the visual interest of a non-traditional corner.

Stripey binding was inspired by Elisabeth at Oh, Fransson! Do you follow her? If not, you really should. She's so creative and I am always learning from her. She makes beautiful things and readily shares her knowledge of everything quilting.


Quilted Cupcake said...

Never saw this pattern before, but I think I love it. So clever! Thanks for sharing.

Chicken Julie said...

My pleasure. It really is so easy and enables you to give a homemade gift without hours of labor.

Anonymous said...

Have recently found your blog and have so enjoyed catching up - love this quilt! It's so simple and gorgeous! Do you mind me asking how large it was? Did you end up piecing any fabric together and if yes, do you think it affected the overall look? Thank you!

Chicken Julie said...

Mary: You're a no-reply blogger, so I'm responding here. It's about 36x42, give or take. It's not pieced - just two single pieces of fabric sandwiched together.