I have a confession to make…. I’ve been holding out on you all! I was trying to make as much of this quilt as possible before sharing it with my adoring public, however, once again I’m suffering from too many projects and too little time, so it has sadly stalled. A great time to share it with you, don’t you agree?
It’s one of the worst kept secrets on social media that blue, specifically aqua and teal shades, are my favourite colours. Therefore, it’s not surprising that I decided to revamp the original design for the Quatro Colour Quilt by Sue Daley of Patchwork with Busy Fingers, and change the background in this quilt from shades of black/grey through to white, to an ombre starting with the deepest teal and moving through to white.
I decided also, that this was finally the English Paper Piecing project where I was going to unleash my fussy cutting onto my Tula Pink stash, otherwise, I may never use it. I have now created a lot of very expensive fabric swiss cheese, however the end result is definitely worth it.
This quilt has given me hours of entertainment, finding patterns and creating entirely new looks out of the same fabrics, simply by changing where the fussy cutting “repeat” was taken from.
Some of the designs certainly lend themselves better to this sort of project than others. There are some of the prints where the motif’s are simply too big for the shapes, and others that seem to be designed just for this quilt pattern.
One of my favourite things to do is spot all the extra secondary designs that are created by the shapes in these blocks. I especially love the overlapping squares created when your print has a feature bordering the inner square, or even as this block, the feathers that highlight the outer edge.
Of course, many will say that the best part of this quilt will be here, Tula’s signature on one of the solid border blocks. I took this quilt along to the Tula Pink trunk show at Hettie’s Patch in December, 2017. It was extremely gratifying to get some really glowing feedback from both Tula and her mother, they both enjoyed my fussy cutting and seeing all the different lines that I combined and the new ways I approached her prints. When finished, this will be approximately the middle border, so it will be featured prominently in the quilt.
If you are looking for some fussy cutting advice, I have put together a tutorial that will help you to hone your skills…
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