Saturday, January 21, 2012

The start of a new quilt

I did it. I started a new quilt. This one is for a friend as a surprise that is really into shabby chic decor. I saw a version Little Miss Shabby did, and I knew I needed to make one.

This quilt is called French roses. I bought it off Etsy and had the pattern within three days. Love it! I have also been eyeing the Moda Bonnie and Camille Ruby line of fabric. I figured this was a match made in heaven.  I wound up mixing some Ruby with the past line called Bliss. My biggest concern is that it would look too juvenile.

I was concerned about cutting all the flower pieces, but it wasn't bad at all. I traced the outlines on my lightest fabric using my Frixion pen and then pinned it to the other four fabrics and cut them all out at once. It took about 45 minutes for the whole process. Why pin it?

My assistant likes to keep my fabrics warm whenever they are on the floor. This keeps me sane when she bunches up my projects. If you look closely you can see my pen markings.

Here is a sneak peek at how it should shape up. I haven't sewn anything yet, but I wanted to get a visual on how it would look. This quilt uses an applique technique that will allow the 1/4" seam allowance around each level of flower to fray. That will help set apart the colors some I think.

Here is a close up of one of the flowers. I am trying to think of binding. I want to see it all together, but I may use the aqua color that is used in some of the prints. That may help the kiddie-looking quilt situation. What do you think? Is it shabby chic?


  1. Very shabby chic - you will have one very happy friend when she receives this...

  2. The SAM challenge is very informal, which means you can pop in and out of it as you can. Go back to the site I linked to, which was on page 4 of the chat. It is now up to about page 12. Click on reply, add that you would like to become involved, and then start sewing.... (if you are not a member of Stitches Guild let me know and I will help you join up). Looking forward to seeing your first shirt of the year ....

  3. Hello, Stacie. This quilt will be gorgeous, and not juvenile at all. I love the layers you've chosen for the flowers.
    Thanks for your comment on my Minoru-to-be, it's very encouraging that you like the fabric.


  4. I know nothing of quilting, really, but bringing in the aqua would probably be really pretty. Or possibly some of the reds. OR BOTH!