OK with my camera back up and running again I quickly grabbed the newly finished quilt off our bed and took it outside.
The pattern is Red Letter Day by Thimbleblossoms which you can buy here or at your nearest quilt store. The blocks are really big but once you’ve made one or two you’re on a roll and they take less time to make each one. You do have to take your time matching points and getting those seam allowances exact with this quilt because there is so much matching but I’m really happy with how mine turned out and I know a couple of points are a little bit off. I used fat quarters from April Showers by Bonnie & Camille for Moda. I also put in a bit of denyse schmidt to brighten up a blue block and the yellow block was a last minute change and I used a yellow floral from Marmalade by Bonnie & Camille as well as another Moda fabric for the other yellow (yellow and white).
The backing fabric was a bargain buy from my wholesaler coming in at $5.50 a metre and is from Honey Honey by Kate Spain for Moda. I needed a couple of metres for the back and basically just had 2 big long strips of fabric, sewed it together, trimmed off the selvages and then sandwiched the whole thing together.
The binding fabric is from a range called Candy Bloom by Rosalie Quinlan and just brightened up the quilt as well as adding a hint of pink….my favourite colour.
I used 100 % cotton batting which I buy in bulk and have the hugest rolls in my craft room. The brand is Matildas Own which is australian made and cheaper than buying at Spotlight which is from the states. Quilting is not one of the most affordable hobbies in the world especially when you add all of the components so it usually pays to buy up batting when it’s on sale or you have a discount or voucher and then stash it away for when you need it.
I machine quilted it myself and it’s not my best quilting but it’s been over a year between quilts so at least I’m back at it and motivated to get better again.
I just love this quilt. Size wise it just sits on top of our queen sized bed so my plan is to get out the white linen quilt set I have and lay this on the top.