A few months ago I ordered a fat quarter bundle off of Etsy. To be totally honest, I don’t even remember what fabric I ordered. What I do remember is a tiny scrap of fabric that I got with my package. It couldn’t have been more than 2″x3″, but the pattern was too cute to ignore! So I scoured the internet and even contacted the Etsy seller who sent me the scrap, only to find that the fabric is discontinued! It was a paisley from from the Prints Charming line Rainbow Garden.
Now fast forward a few months to a visit with my sister. I was headed to her office for lunch, and had a little time to kill. Knowing where the nearest yarn and quilt shops were, I headed in that direction. After browsing their newest fabrics I headed upstairs where they kept the older fabric lines…..and that’s where I found some Rainbow Garden! They had several prints in both colorways, and lots of it. I chose my favorite 3 prints and headed for the cutting line. I ended up with 2 yards of the paisley print and 1 yard each of the teal print and the plaid. (I’m hoping that on my next visit this fabric will have made it’s way to the sale corner-they really had a ton of it left!)
When I pulled out these prints to work on a quilt, I couldn’t imagine chopping them up into tiny pieces. The way the artists play with color and mimic screen printing (which is how they got started, I believe) is lost when the prints are broken down. So I went with a very basic design involving 5″ strips of the prints with 2.5″ strips of grey on either side. That brought my blocks to a whopping 20″ square, and the whole quilt measures 60″x80″!
This is also the first quilt that I quilted on my Bernina rather than the Grace frame/Juki set up that I was using. I think it went pretty well for an inaugural run!
Oh, and I didn’t even mention the best part about these fabrics-they were printed on a shirting so they are so incredibly soft. I almost couldn’t combine them with the kona that I used for my grey strips!
This quilt is now in sunny San Diego! My first college roomie is an AMAZING wedding photographer out there, and this is her 30th bday/”thanks for being such an awesome friend” gift. If you’re ever in the need of a photographer, look her up. I follow her blog, and her photos are so beautiful they make me wish I was getting married now! She also does a lot of traveling for clients, for those of us who don’t live in CA. 🙂 In fact, I’m secretly hoping that when my sister and her boyfriend decide to get married I can bring Melissa out to the midwest as their photographer. She also does engagement, family and baby photos.
I traveled around Peoria a bit with this quilt before I sent it off. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to snap a few pictures of the quilt around town. Just don’t compare my pictures to Melissa’s!