Snowflake Quilt

Each year I like to use the Kona Cotton Color of the Year as a background for a quilt. I have sadly fallen a few years behind and am working to get caught up. Ever since I saw Modern Handcraft’s Snowflake Quilt pattern, I knew this was the quilt for my 2019 COTY Splash.

I had been planning on using a plain white for the snowflake until I remembered I had previously cut some Zen Chic Modern Background Paper for a different project that I have since abandoned. (Can anyone else relate to this????) As luck would have it, the squares were the exact sizes I needed and I only had to trim down a few to make them work for this pattern! It was serendipitous.

I found the process of making this quilt incredibly therapeutic and enjoyable. Nicole is SO good at making thoughtful patterns and amazing diagrams. It was a real treat to make a quilt from such a wonderfully written pattern.

I decided to quilt this on my Bernina B 475QE in a 1 1/2″ grid. I do almost all of my quilting at home and very rarely send quilts out to be quilted. I love using my Bernina. The stitches are even, despite not having the Bernina Stitch Regulator. You cannot beat the stitch quality of a Bernina.

I bound the quilt using the same Kona Splash thinking it would be a good way to not distract from or add to the quilt. I am so pleased with how this quilt turned out. It is such a fun quilt that can bridge the gap between Christmas quilts and spring quilts.

Easter Parade Quilt in Easter Egg Hunt fabric for Riley Blake Designs

Easter. I know it’s December, but Easter. I have always LOVED Easter. It has always been my favorite holiday since I was a child. It used to be that I loved stuffed bunnies and the Easter Bunny would always bring me a new stuffed bunny every year. Enter Easter Egg Hunt fabric by Natalia Juan Abello and my squealing with delight when I saw the ADORABLE prints. I cannot even believe these bunnies are real. The colors, the florals, the bunnies, everything about this line are absolute Easter perfection, in my mind.

I knew immediately what I’d like to make with this line. Easter Parade by Kristina Brinkerhoff of Center Street Quilts. The bunnies would be the perfect setting for these cute prints, leaving enough space for them to be enjoyed without being chopped into tiny pieces.

I had a bit of a crazy idea when I was making this quilt top to add on these little fluffy bunny tails to a few of them. I chose one print and each bunny of that print got a little fluffy bunny tail. I followed Pen + Paper Patterns tutorial for her Kris Kringle hats, but modified the bunny pieces to .5″ x 1″ for the bunny tails.

I just love the added texture and element of fun these little bunny bums add to this quilt. My kids have all said this is their favorite Easter quilt (of the 2 I have HA!) and I think it’ll be a favorite for a long time to come. Easter Egg Hunt is shipping to stores this month and you can look for it at your favorite local quilt shop, or online shop.

Half-Square Triangle Quilt in Create Fabric (free tutorial!)

I don’t know about you, but I am always on the lookout for a good way to use up small-ish cuts of fabric in a meaningful way. If you have just (10) fat quarters or (10) 1/4 yard cuts as well as 2 yards of background fabric, I have the quilt for you! This quilt finishes at 60″ x 72″ and is the perfect size for a nice snuggle quilt and it really only requires that much fabric!!!

For this quilt, I used the amazingly saturated and beautiful line of fabric by Riley Blake Designs debut designer Kristy Lea of Quiet Play. She is known for her amazing foundation paper piecing patterns and a love of all things gradient and rainbow. This fabric line is exactly what I would expect her to design, in the best way. Bright. Vibrant. FUN!

I used 10 different prints from Create as well as Blossom Rainbow (C730-Rainbow) for this fun quilt.

To start your quilt, you’ll need to cut out your fabric.

Cut (10) 7″ x width of fabric (WOF) squares of background

From each fat quarter or 1/4 yard, cut (6) 7″ squares

Once your fabric is cut, mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of each 7″ square of background fabric

Sew 1/4″ away from the center on BOTH sides, then cut down the drawn line to separate the half-square triangles (HSTs).

Press to the print side, then trim each HST to 6 1/2″. I love my Bloc Loc ruler when it comes to trimming HSTs. It saves my sanity every single time.

Arrange the HSTs into vertical rows of 12 triangles, sew the HSTs together into rows, then sew the rows together into a top. It really does feel like magic to make such a useable size quilt from such a small amount of fabric!

I backed this quilt in a Kaleidoscope Riley Blake print in Shamrock. I wanted to deviate from my norm (pink) and I love the vibrant hue of this backing. Kristy smartly designed some stripes that make for a perfect binding. Look for Create to hit your local quilt shop or favorite online shop soon!