Orangewood Quilt - The Wispy One
The fabric pull!
So far I had made a rainbow version, an ombre version, and a very kid-approved excavator version and I wanted to really have fun with this fabric pull. I had some of the bottom, floral fabric for a while and just hadn't found the right project - but this was it! It has just the right colors for a sweet baby quilt that would any baby (and his or her mother) would love!
That print is Wispy Daybreak by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery Fabrics and it is a favorite of mine! I love it so much I decided to also use it for the backing of this quilt. I paired it up with some Essex Linen in both lilac and lingerie as well as a very yummy yellow (yarrow) manchester woven cotton by Robert Kaufmann. I added a few other basics in coordinating colors - including a navy stripe that is well outside of my comfort zone!!!
Once the fabrics were picked out, it was time to make all of the half square triangles, construct the arrow blocks, and complete the quilt top! I could not be any more in love with these fabrics together ❤️
Once the quilt top was finished it was time to think about how to quilt this quilt!! Funny thing about that decision process for me…either I know right away as I’m making the top how I would like to quilt it…OR…I have literally no idea at all and think, think, think….forever….and ever about the decision. Anyways, after a ridiculous amount of time pondering this question, I decided to give free motion quilting a try. I had read a decent amount about it, but hadn’t really given it a go with an actual quilt. I’m so happy with this decision and how it turned out. There is a lot of negative space in this design and the unique quilting really comes through!!
I decided to go with kind of a meandering loopy quilting and had so much fun! I loved to doodle when I was younger, and this was like doodling on a quilt - I’m hooked! I don’t know why I was afraid to try this for so long. I definitely see more free motion quilting in my future.
I decided to use the manchester woven cotton in yarrow for the binding, and I am in love!! This fabric is the dreamiest and I’m very much looking forward to using it in more quilts in the future.
The baby and small throw sizes of this pattern leave behind some half square triangles, and I really wanted to use them somehow — rather than placing them in my scrap bin never to be seen again.
I was in need of a new tote - because really who isn’t - and made this super cute quilted tote with the left over half square triangles! I am working on a tutorial for that to share and hope to have it ready soon!
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