I’m so excited to finally share this quilt. It was made and sent off to Love Patchwork & Quilting almost 5 months ago and I haven’t been able to say anything about it until now. Well, I did share the cover photo with my mum and best quilty friend when I got it, because I couldn’t not tell someone 😉
But, issue 86 is out now! They’re not able to ship any paper issues internationally at this point, due to the pandemic lockdown measures affecting Royal Mail, but the magazine is still available as a digital issue through Zinio, Apple News, Google Play or the Love Patchwork & Quilting app for anyone outside of the UK.
And if you’re reading this from the UK, you can still grab your copy at your local newsagent’s.
This quilt was so much fun to make and is very beginner-friendly. I love this colour gradient as it makes me think of a jar of sweets or a big bowl of all the best ice cream flavours. Which now makes me think of how I should have an ice cream picnic with the kids this summer, on this quilt, of course. I suspect we’ll still be making a lot of our own fun by the time the hot weather arrives.
The fun thing with this quilt is that it would look great in just about any colour gradient, and even in pure black and white for a cool monochromatic look. I can’t wait to see what everyone will make with this pattern.
I quilted this one very minimally. I’m a big fan of straight line quilting and love the bold, geometric look it gives a quilt. I had originally planned on adding more detail by filling in all the stripes from outlining the chevrons and extending those lines into the grey background with small squiggles and figure 8s.
Once it was all outlined, though, I decided that I liked that simple look better than the fussy one I had been going for, and that it was going to work much better with the simple, un-fussy look of the pattern itself.
On a funny sidenote, it was a blustery, cold November day when my husband and I took the photos. I didn’t even realize he held the quilt upside down until we were done, and by then we were both too cold and windblown to do it again. Luckily, it was only upside-down relative to what I had drawn, as this pattern really can go any way you like.
And can I just add that I am super chuffed that my first ‘in print’ magazine feature even made it onto the cover! I squealed when I saw that, and I think I briefly scared my kids 😉
Fabric: Kona Solids in Silver, Meringue, Banana, Daffodil, Corn Yellow, School Bus, Mango, Nectarine, Salmon, Creamsicle, Peach, Primrose, Bubblegum, Melon
Available: Issue 86 of Love Patchwork & Quilting