Yes, I may have swooned a bit when I saw the colors, especially the dotted raindrops. The SKU for that one is 111817220, and the color name is Nasturtium. Please check your favorite store to see if they carry it, if not, tell them to get it!
Yeah, isn't it gorgeous? Look at the colors! A rainbow of raindrops!
I shared it on Instagram and had many comment on it. I need more!
Anyway, about my quilt. I had a sweet design all ready to go, featuring the raindrops in the center of each block. We're asked to use as many fabrics from the collection in this particular project, so I knew the other units would be scrappy looking, but wanted to highlight the raindrops. Just as I was going to cut out the pieces I realized that my design would not work. The drops are directional, and my design would not support that, nor would I have enough fabric to make it work. Off to Plan B.
Well, B was a great design, too. Only, it wouldn't have enough fabric to work, either. Because I wanted the drops to all fall the same way in my quilt. So, back to EQ8, or the drawing board, for Plan C. lol. I picked a Mosaic block from their library, which would use the raindrops as the center, but when put on point, would go the right way. Yes, all the quilts were on point with a little sashing and cornerstones, which is where my plan went awry. I wanted to end up under 60" square, too, so I could use the new Hobb's Wool batting we got in our July Ambassador boxes. Again, best laid plans, lol. I have to play more with EQ8 to figure out why my quilts are always larger in real life, than the program says it will be. Without borders, this one is 59", and it needs borders!
When all else fails, just go larger! lol. I had enough for a 2" and 6" border, making this about 72" square. And visit later to see some of the other designs, which may end up as patterns. I know I have other batting I can use for this one, and need to figure out the backing. This is just a top for now, but I'll be quilting with Aurifil soon.
Here's today's quilt. It uses 14 different fabrics in the blocks, plus Lime for sashing, the Berries print for cornerstones, and Turquoise Dot Floral and Flamingo Mixed Birds for the outer border. The background and setting triangles are all from Almond. I was planning to use the red from the collection, which was given for borders, but it was just too bright with the other colors. I felt the Almond would play nicer.
Here's the EQ8 design with red.
In real life, when I put the red next to the green and turquoise, around the blocks, it was a little too bold for my taste. So, Almond it is. I do purchase yardage of that one and other neutrals when I can. I love when Hancocks-Paducah puts their Island Batik on sale, and I'll pick up neutrals then, too. May as well get free shipping, right?
I made sure the birds in the borders were all going the same direction, too.
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