I just finished this custom quilt and I really love these colors! I live in Gainesville–home of the Florida Gators–where bright orange and royal blue are everywhere you look. Yep, there are entire houses painted orange and blue. I like the Gators well enough–Go Gators!–but I get weary of orange and blue, even though it’s a rock solid color combo. That is what I love about getting a custom order–I have to set my color prejudices aside and I often love the result. In fact, the custom quilt I made before this one was totally orange and blue–gorgeous!
The palette for this quilt was inspired by the Pantone colors for 2016–rose quartz and serenity. The colors are unabashedly pretty and seemed just right for a baby quilt. The background fabric is handkerchief linen in a soft white and the center square is a Liberty print–gray Betsy, which I one of my absolute favorites. I added a smidge to the pink binding. I am tempted to make a quilt using the colors in the print–the olive green and coral are so unexpected and wonderful.
This simple, pretty quilt was a nice way to start the new year. Now I’m ready to tackle some of my goals for 2016. My Etsy shop (etsy.com/shop/BrigitGail) has been growing–slowly, but steadily–without much nurturing, so this year I want to see how I can help it along. I really struggle with social media and marketing–but I am determined to get better at this. I think the trick is to find platforms that work for your personality. Instagram is a friendly space for introverts–pretty pictures of quilts I can manage! I also want to try a few new things–submitting a project to a magazine is first on my list. Are you looking to try something new in 2016? I’d love to hear what’s on your list!
This quilt is available in my Etsy shop.
I am so pleased with how this quilt turned out! I think the best part is the texture; it’s really light and lofty and the linen is so soft. I bought the linen from fabrics-store.com and the quality is really wonderful. I know it will improve with age, too, which is really nice for a baby quilt. The backing is Kokka large gingham in gray. This is a beautiful lightweight, silky cotton. I’m so glad I bought five yards–I want to back all my quilts with it!
I added a small section of Liberty to the binding and I really like how it looks. It kind of breaks the frame of the binding, so the design doesn’t feel too boxy.
I’m excited to try another linen quilt–this time with a yellow floral and bright citrus. I’m really interested in yellow at the moment!
I’ve added this quilt to my Etsy shop.
This quilt just came back from being in a modern quilt show here in Gainesville. The gallery manager at Santa Fe, Kyle Novak, did such a great job hanging the quilts–they looked gorgeous! I loved seeing all our guild members’ work together. I, however, was too busy chatting to take any decent pictures–sorry! It was great to see, even in this small show, how eclectic modern quilting can be. And as much as I love quilting blogs (and I do!)–there’s nothing like seeing quilts in person. I can only imagine what it is like to go to a massive quilt show like QuiltCon! 2015 is on my wish list for sure.
Even though I love this quilt–something about those colors–I’ve added it to my Etsy shop. I have big plans for quilts to make in the new year–can’t wait to get started!
This quilt is a modern interpretation of an Amish bars quilt, and it turned out almost exactly like my original paper sketch. The colors remind me of California–sunny and laid back–and I think the organic shapes of the bars keep the design from feeling rigid. I debated about using a patterned binding. As much as I love solids, it didn’t work to pick up one of the colors from the bars, and I couldn’t find a good contrasting color–but the Yuwa aqua honeycomb seemed just right. With the pared down design, this little touch of pattern adds some fun without being fussy. Plus this fabric is so soft and silky it really adds to the drapey texture of this quilt. The backing fabric is Cloud Nine Simpatico in Peachy Straws–which is a lovely organic fabric.
I am adding this quilt to my Etsy shop!
I was so pleased with my last nautical baby quilt that I had to try another. Instead of an appliqued embellishment, I added a small patch of Liberty Betsy Blue. The end result is unintentionally perfect for July Fourth–but I think it has year-round appeal. I just love the Kona coral–so cheerful and it seems to go nicely with almost any color. I read somewhere that everyone looks good in red and the same seems to be true with quilts. A little bit of red (or coral) is always a plus in my book.
I just added this quilt to my Etsy shop!
Anyone who knows me, knows that I love stripes. I bought my first striped bateau shirt from Isle of You (!) in Ithaca, NY, and I have had at least one in my wardrobe ever since. My husband and I just visited Charleston, SC, for the first time. It is a very jaunty town with nautical stripes at every turn. Just my sort of place. I came home inspired to use my favorite pattern in a little baby quilt. This cream and navy stripe is the classic Breton pattern, with a broad band of cream at the top. I hand appliqued the heart at the top–I like how the red pops and adds a little more fun.
I was excited to use wool batting for the first time–wool is such a great material for a baby blanket. Wool keeps little ones cool in summer and warm in winter, and is incredibly cozy. Best of all, the batting is superwash wool and can be machine washed and dried. I thought it might be difficult to sew–especially since you stitch with the batting facing out–but it was really lovely to work with. The pattern is adapted from the Purl Bee Lap Duvet. (I used Kona quilting cotton rather than double gauze and lengthened the quilting stitches to make this quilt durable enough to withstand lots of washings.) I really like how the lack of binding and the minimal quilting makes this quilt so lofty, and the wool is lighter than even the lightest cotton batting. This quilt would work equally well as a play mat, stroller blanket, or crib blanket.
I tried all kinds of patterned fabrics for the backing but ended up using the solid cream. I like the sweet simplicity of the finished quilt.
You can find this quilt in my Etsy shop!
I am thinking of making a cream and coral version next…