If you are anything like me, the idea of a panel quilt was at some point in time shocking to you. I love to piece quilts and I love being involved in every single decision that goes into a quilt. Fast forward to some of the AMAZING panels that have been put out by Riley Blake Designs lately and I am completely in the opposite camp now. The quality is top notch. The options they have come up with are so wonderful!
When I saw the three different colored panel quilt options for the Warm Wishes fabric line, I knew we needed a pink panel quilt in our house. My Christmas colors are anything but traditional and pink plays a big part in our Christmas decor. Possibly the best part of this panel quilt is the PINK thread that Debbie of Hobble Creek Quilting used! We chose a floral pantograph called Echo Blossom instead of a Christmas pantograph for the quilting and I just love it! Warm Wishes is headed to your favorite local or online quilt shop soon. These panel quilts are the perfect idea for a gift that shows thought, but doesn’t take up all of your life piecing a Christmas quilt!
Have you ever seen a fabric line that you felt like it was designed just for you? I saw Tiny Treaters by Jill Howarth and I just loved the designs. I feel like this is the best Halloween line I have ever seen, as far as prints that can serve multiple functions and be created into many different things. I knew I wanted to make a Suburbs quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew just as soon as I saw this fabric. I NEEDED a Halloween neighborhood quilt in my Halloween quilt collection.
Probably my favorite print from this line is the candy print in this pinkish-purple color. I used it as many times as I felt that I could in my quilt for houses and for doors.
This quilt was also quilted in glow-in-the-dark thread, which plays really well with the glow-in-the-dark prints. The whimsy of this fabric line just constantly makes me smile.
This fabric line is in stores NOW and selling like hot cakes. If it is something you are wanting, I would not wait. Riley Blake has been sharing a bunch of other projects using this fabric line on their blog if you would like some different ideas, or to see it used differently.
We have washed this quilt and have been using it, even though it is not *exactly* a spring quilt. My kids have loved it possibly more than me, but no one can say exactly. Make sure to snag this Tiny Treaters line from your favorite local or online quilt shop before it’s gone.
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.