Continuing with the trend of quilting for keeps.
After I started on Calvin’s quilt and our trip to the amazing Crimson Tate, I decided that I needed to make a quilt for myself. Heather stocks a plethora of japanese fabrics from designers Etsuko Furuya and Melody Miller. I picked up a small collection of fat quarters from the Nico, Ruby Star Shining, and Vinyl collections. I just couldn’t resist. The cotton linen blend fabrics felt so luxurious, and the modern prints in bright colors were so cheerful. I had no clue at the time what pattern I would use, but I knew I would find something. I scoured the internet until I came across Amy Butler’s Gypsy Caravan Fat Quarters Quilt pattern. It was perfect! I loved the random piecing, it was simple, and it’s a free pattern on Amy’s website. Amy’s design calls for 32 fat quarters and is a finished 49″ square. Alas I only had 12 fat quarters and one yard for binding, but I was determined to make it work! I started by cutting all the largest squares first, and I set aside even the tiniest of scraps in case I would need them latter. As I cut each piece I placed it on my “design wall” (a peice of batting pined to the wall with straight pins).
I ended up using those tiny scraps for the strip peiced sections, and wouldn’t you know I ended up having just enough with my 12 fat quarters and a little from the yard I used for the binding.
For the back I used Melody Millers Vinyl print. Calvin and I LOVE to listen to albums on my dad’s vintage record player, so it was perfect. We especially love the funny album titles like “The Ginger Monkeys”. I quilted it in circles that echo two of the albums on the back. I was a little nervous to quilt circles at first, but I am very happy with how it turned out.
And now I have a my size quilt for snuggling on the sofa.