I have been, ahem, hoarding a fat quarter bundle of Tula Pink’s Saltwater, since it came out a few years ago. Since then, I’ve been on the lookout for the right quilt pattern.
Finding the right pattern has been a long, laborious hunt. I wanted something that truly showed off the beauty of the fabrics, so it needed to have large pieces. I didn’t want something so complicated you saw the pattern before you saw the fabrics. And I wanted something with a bit of a classic appeal to it, so I would never fall out of love or regret using my precious fabric. It was worth waiting until I found the right pattern.
Recently, such a pattern was published. Hurray! Cheryl, of Meadow Mist Designs, recently published her pattern called Grande Scrappy Tiles, an upsized version of her Scrappy Tiles. (I got to meet Cheryl in person at QuiltCon and she’s just awesome!!! Seriously, look at her patterns – they’re clearly written, and really nicely done.) With big giant pieces, the fabric is really going to be shown off, and I was even able to fussy cut some of the cuter elements, like the octopi and submarines. Big smiles and happy dances going on here this week.
For the first time ever, I cut out all the pieces for the entire queen size quilt. Usually, I opt to cut as I go, but this was actually super, super easy. Cheryl includes great cutting diagrams in the pattern, and it went super fast. That picture above is all the pieces. It looks so small to be an entire queen size quilt…
Here are the first four blocks:
I added a few solids, and semi solids (a Lizzy House print!) to give a little more room for the gorgeous fabrics to breathe. I’m so, so very excited to get this finished!!!
What sewing projects have made you super excited lately?
Linking to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced