With this quilt, made up of 24-inch Patty Pan blocks, I found a way to use my loot while prominently featuring the intricate large-scale prints. This block structure allows for you to feature any 12-inch (finished) block in the center, making it perfect for sampler quilts, too.
I've been working away at this quilt for quite some time, so what follows is a pretty photo-heavy version of the whole process!
I carefully created sets of three fat quarters for each block: a large scale one for the center, and two coordinating prints for the inner and outer layers. As usual, this was one of my favorite parts, and I really love each block on its own.
In the end, I ran out of large-scale fabrics, so I made do with some leftovers for this block:
Once I had pieced them all together, I realized that after all that effort, I might as well bump up the entire quilt size so that I could use it--every day--on a bed.
(Some solid white and stashed Innocent Crush did the job.)
I didn't expect this, but it is funny how the sashing doesn't necessarily register visually when the quilt is on a bed, especially tucked in.
Since the quilt was so huge, I decided to send it out to a long arm quilter. I'm happy to say that my first experience having someone else quilt for me was wonderful, thanks to Patti Trygg!
Together, we chose a "Triangle Meander" quilting shape, which I think complements the zig zags so, so well.
...and then all crinkly:
For a backing, I used a beautiful forest-y silhouette from Jay McCarroll's Habitat, and the quilting shows up really nicely.
For binding, the ever-wonderful Loulouthi "Stockings" stripe was always my plan.
More than any other quilt I've made, this one is based on what I like. Not what I want to experiment with, not what I think a quilt's recipient would like, but on what I would want, and I couldn't be happier with the result.
After a thorough inspection, it is clear that I'm not the only one ;)