It might be hard to believe, but I didn’t start sewing with solids until 2017! Prior to then, I had only used prints in my quilts and it felt like a huge leap to start using solids, but once I started, I never looked back. I love how much creativity shines through when I sew with solids–my quilts feel more “me” and my quilting really stands out. These days I sew almost exclusively with solids and I can’t believe that it took me this long to start using PURE Solids from Art Gallery Fabrics. I’ve used prints from Art Gallery Fabrics for my backings before and always loved how soft the fabric was, but the PURE Solids weren’t really on my radar. But once I started seeing them pop on Instagram, I knew I had to try them. Deciding to use them was the easy part…choosing the perfect color combo was tougher since I’m so indecisive! After lots of deliberation, I settled on a bright, summery palette and decided to make another version of my Triangulation quilt. It’s my favorite pattern for solids since it shows off so many different colors and has such a cool look once finished.
Since I was using such bright colors with a white backing, I decided it would probably be a good idea to prewash my fabric. I don’t do this too often anymore, but I didn’t want to risk any dye running when I washed my completed quilt. It turns out I shouldn’t have worried! I put two color catchers into the wash with the fabric, and they both came out spotless…seriously. I even took a picture of the color catchers like a weirdo, in case anyone doubted me! No dye on the color catchers means the fabric was just as bright and beautiful as when it arrived in the mail. No fading fabric and no crying from me! Not only did the dye not run, but the fabric was amazingly free of fraying and tangles after being dried. How often does that happen with quilting fabric? I knew before even starting that this was going to be a fun and easy quilt to make.
I mentioned earlier that I’ve used Art Gallery Fabrics before and loved the softness, but I had never used it for an entire quilt top. What an absolute treat it was to sew entirely with this supple fabric! Not only was it soft to the touch (it turns out it’s made of pima cotton!), but it went through my sewing machine like butter. Does this make me sound like a weird, hungry person? Maybe, but I don’t care! The fabric really is that lovely. Before I knew it, I had cranked out a divine quilt top and was ready to start quilting. And luckily for me, there is the most adorable fabric line out right now with a print just PERFECT for the back of my summery quilt.
Yep. Those popsicles were destined to be a part of my quilt. They give the quilt such a fun little kick on the back and always make me smile. I’ve admired Dana Willard’s fabric for a loooong time and this print was just what I wanted for this quilt. Honestly any of the prints from this collection (Summer Side) would have been perfect, but this one was my favorite. Psst, it’s “Popsicle Party in Watermint” if you want to use it too! Having popsicles on the back of my quilt really completes the summery vibe and everyone who has seen the fabric can’t resist a chuckle (and an attempt to steal my quilt)!
I did a minimalist quilting design to really let the fabric and colors shine, and I’m so pleased with the end result. This is my favorite Triangulation quilt yet! It’s so perfect for these hot summer days, and I know it will really brighten up my house once colder weather arrives. The PURE Solids from Art Gallery Fabrics were such a delight to sew with and I’m already dreaming up my next project. If you’d like to make your own version of this quilt, the pattern is currently on sale in my Etsy shop (yay!) and I’ll list the colors I used so you can snag your own PURE Solids. Curious about using PURE Solids? Give them a shot…I promise you’ll love them!PURE Solids colors used: