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...