The Quilt That Twinkled


Finish #2!  Let's see... how did this one begin?  Back when Jay McCarroll's Habitat fabric line came out, I fell hard for the Painter's Canvas print (you can get it here, and it's on sale!) I actually think the whole line is unusual and fun, but I restrained myself to two prints, this Painter's Canvas, and this one.

It sat perilously stacked on my table for a month or two, making me drool every time I looked at it.  Then I changed up my process of planning a quilt just a bit.  I decided it was time to make something with this fabric, but I had no idea what the 'perfect' pattern would be.  So I went searching for inspiration on Flickr and Pinterest.  I came across this one that I had included in my favorites a while back, and made an instant decision!

I didn't realize till later that Crazy Mom Quilts was doing a 36 patch quiltalong on her blog, which is really the same thing as this one, only mine is a 16 patch.  I had thought of doing a little free tutorial, (since I've been wanting to do one of those for awhile but honestly can't seem to find anything that's not out there already!) Amanda Jean's tutorial does a great job of explaining this technique though, and I made mine very much the same way she did.

The only difference for my 16 patch blocks would be in the cutting.  I cut a 2.5"x width of fabric strip from each piece that I wanted in the quilt.  I then made a cut right on the fold.  Now I had two strips, each measuring 2.5" x half the width of fabric (this will be between 20"-22")

If you sew two strips like this together (shown in her tutorial) you get enough to make one 16 patch block.  As you can see, this pattern would work great for fat quarters, because you can cut 2.5" strips off the side of your fat quarter (since a fat quarter is 18"x22", make sure you cut it the long way, because 18" won't be long enough for my block)

Anyways, I had a lot of fun pulling out fabrics for this one.  I just took colors from this happy, splashy inspiration fabric.  I used it all up on the back, and bound it with a bright green.


And I really do think it kind of twinkles...

22 comments:

  1. it is awesome! i absolutely love it. perfect use of that habitat fabric. i have been wanting to join in on cmq's qal but haven't yet.

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  2. This is lovely! I saw the 36 patch QAL and wasn't totally sold but this quilt has me thinking about a certain Jelly Roll that has been sitting in my stash for FOREVER... or even 2 Christmas Jelly Rolls... o the possibilities! :)

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  3. This is great! I had been thinking about getting a couple of prints in the Habitat line but have been dragging my feet. You sold me. And now they will be really hard to find...

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  4. Jolene, I just ordered the dropcloth (LOVE it!) AND they also had a Jenean Morrison grey print from her Silent Cinema line that I have been wanting to order, and I got it all for 35% off. Thanks!!!

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  5. My guild is having a challenge with Habitat; this is great inspiration. Beautiful quilt!

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  6. love this! what a great combo of fabrics and the quilting is just beautiful. I've been trying to dream up a quilt for my daughter's bed for a while, something on this order might be the ticket! :)

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  7. Oh, wow! That certainly is bright and cheerful. Well done.

    And thanks for the tutorial - every little hint helps a newbie like me!

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  8. I just love this! Great color combinations, they really look beautiful together!

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  9. My screen was twinkling when your page came up! This quilt is so bright and cheeful. I love it!

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  10. Mmmmmm...this is gorgeous! I love how it turned out! The colors look great together!

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  11. Oh I love it!!!! It looks wonderful!!!

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  12. The 16 patch is nice. I'm doing the 36 patch QAL. I love your blue chair! :)
    Carol

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  13. This does indeed sparkle - thanks for the FQ tip...I've got LOTS of those floating around....

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  14. I love your patch.

    http://leblogdeliberty.canalblog.com/

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  15. So beautiful. Love how you can mix so many kinds of fabric and great the most beautiful plates:)

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  16. Ditto to all the above praise....I am crazy about your use of color....The quilt just shines with joyful exuburance!....and of course I had to buy some Habitat fabric....I hope to use it as sucessfully as you did! Thanks so much for sharing...through your beautiful photos. That chair really is the perfect touch!

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  17. Beautiful. I love the green binding.

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  18. Gorgeous! Love the colors!

    Cheers, Linda
    quti.org

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  19. this is just the kind of quilt that i adore...and also the kind that i like making. scrappy, colorful, and traditional as well. sometimes the simplest blocks turn out the best.

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  20. So happy to have seen this, I have a ton of 4" squares that were suppose to be for an antique reversible quilt that I had cut over 10 yrs ago, but now I'm much happier to make this... And maybe even something else that I see on your blog, as I have almost 600 squares..

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