Lattice Quilt

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

 Hi friends!  Today I'm sharing a fun
quilt I made with some blocks I received
in a block swap.

This was a project I participated in with my local quilt group.
We do swaps a few times a year.  This time, our swap coordinator
sent out some simple instructions for these lattice blocks along with
some earth-tone color palette pictures for inspiration.

We swapped sets of 40 blocks each month for 3 months.  We could swap more than one set if we wanted to...but I only did one set each month.  That gave me 120 blocks and then I made 104 more blocks on my own for a total of 224 blocks.  I probably should've just made more sets to swap but I wasn't sure what my plan was at the time.  Oh, and one set of fabrics could not be repeated more than 7 times so that we had lots of variety.

We were asked to not trim or press the blocks before swapping so everyone could do that themselves, according to their own preference and with their own ruler.  I tried to stay on top of the pressing and trimming each month so I wouldn't have to do it all at the end.

After I had all the blocks pressed and trimmed I spent a long time laying them out in rainbow (ish) order from top to bottom.  I have never spent so long laying out blocks before!  There is no exact science to this method.  I only focused on the triangle colors and didn't worry about the colors of the skinny rectangle pieces.  I tried to create balance.  It's not perfect but it's pleasing to my eye.  I did a 14 x 16 block layout so it would be symmetrical.  I made the last few blocks at this stage so I could see what colors I still needed.

I stacked all the blocks up in rows and numbered them with my Marilee's Numbered Pins 
to keep everything in order.  Then I sewed them together using the web piecing technique.
Click HERE to get a free PDF describing how to do that method.  I love it because it saves time and thread!

Can I be honest here for a sec...?
When we first started the swap I thought this was going to be the ugliest quilt ever!
Haha!  I did not see how all of these fabrics were going to come together.
But once I got them all laid out I started to really like it.  Oh, and in case you're wondering I did use all the blocks I was given except for a few that the seam allowances were really tiny or the middle rectangle was too wide.  Those kinds of things happen in a swap.  But I didn't hold out any because of their color.

P.S. There are lots of ways you could put these blocks together.  Some people did
a scrappy layout.  Some people put four blocks together and then sashed
those.  I wanted to do something different so this is what I came up with.  They all turned out really cute though.  They're all so scrappy.  Swapping blocks was "the way to go" with this quilt!

I backed my quilt with some fabric that I just so happened to have in my stash.
It's called Francesca in Mediterraneo from the Nonna collection by Guicy Guice for Andover.
I love that it incorporated so many earth-tone colors!

I had Jen Ostler quilt it with the Glass Castle panto by Karlee Porter.  I hadn't used that panto before but I really liked the movement it gave to the front of the quilt and it complimented the backing fabric nicely (it's a little hard to see in the picture but the background of the backing fabric has a similar design).

I finished binding it while I was at a quilt retreat in Montana last week.
My friend Brooke and I took our quilts down to the lake to get some pictures and 
I love how this one turned out!  It was windy and we were laughing so hard.
Isn't her smile and the lighting so great?!?

It was a fun project!
There are always some issues when you participate in a swap but 
overall I'm so glad I participated in it!  I love how this quilt turned out.
So worth it!

I've been asked many times for details on this block so I've created a simple PDF
with instructions and the details on my specific quilt.  Click HERE to get that
and let me know if you have any questions!

Happy quilting!

Positive Vibes Quilt

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

 Hello, hello!  I finally got some pictures of my 
finished Positive Vibes quilt that I want to share with you today!

I got her quilted a while ago but I am so slow at binding these days
and I'm even slower at getting pictures!

I designed this pattern to go along with my recent fabric collection
with Poppie Cotton called Treasured Threads.  The little rectangles in it
remind me of stitching.

It's fat-quarter-friendly and the pattern comes
with instructions for 2 size options - baby and throw.

I hosted a quilt-along for it in March and April of this year.
I even taught a few Positive Vibes classes for different guilds
recently and it is so fun seeing the different colorways people choose.
It's cute in every colorway!

I would say the skill level on this pattern is advanced beginner.

It has an on-point layout (so the blocks are turned 45 degrees).  
It's not much harder to sew a quilt this way.  
You just sew diagonal rows of blocks with triangles on the ends - 
to square it up.

I had my quilter, Jen Ostler in Highland, Utah quilt it for me.
She used the Diamond Loops pattern and I love it!
I think the diagonal lines and the curvature of the loops really compliment
the pattern and the fabrics!

I love a good scrappy binding and this one does not disappoint!

This quilt finishes at 71" x 85".  
A nice large throw-size quilt!
Glad to finally have her finished and photographed!

If you'd like to snag a copy of this pattern you can
visit my Etsy shop HERE.
And you can check out the two-color 
baby version I made HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today!
I'd love to hear what you think about this quilt
and let me know if you have any questions.