PURE Solids

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:
  • Flamingo
  • Grapefruit
  • Coral Reef
  • Canary
  • Lemonade
  • Maldives
  • Mirage Blue
  • Emerald
  • Triangulation Quilt

    Once upon a time, I pulled together a beautiful color palette. I had no plans in mind for these colors, other than sewing with them immediately. And so, I began cutting. I cut some triangles and sewed them together. They were kind of wonky looking, so I panicked. Did I just waste all that time and fabric?!? I calmed down and trimmed them. Phew, much better. Then I sewed some together and made a pillow cover. And it looked really fun! So I decided to keep going and see what these triangles had in store for me.

    It turns out there was a quilt in store! After appealing to Instagram for a name, Triangulation was born (thanks again to Anne Birkett for suggesting such a perfect name)! In about two weeks, I had a rough pattern done and had made a throw sized version, since that felt like the only way to confirm my math was correct. Thanks to a few hard-working testers, I got feedback within just a few weeks and now the pattern is available! This is my first actual quilt pattern–my first pattern was a pillow and the second was a mini quilt. This definitely took a lot more time to write and I feel more nervous about releasing it than my first two patterns…which is saying a lot because I was pretty nervous about both of them too! I feel like a lot of quilters are like me and have learned by trial and error, but I also know there are some “right ways” to do things and I’m pretty sure I don’t do any of them. So that’s typically the cause behind my nervousness. What if my weird way of doing things is annoying to my fellow quilters? What if the quilt police come and arrest me?!? I guess if they do, at least I’ll have a nice quilt to bring with me to quilt jail!

    This pattern is definitely beginner friendly. I wouldn’t recommend it for your first quilt ever, since matching triangle points can get annoying and I wouldn’t want my quilt to turn someone off from quilting forever! But otherwise it’s pretty easy (although people will think you went through way more effort than you did!). The fabric cutting is very straightforward and you can chain piece the HRTs (half rectangle triangles) which cuts down on sewing time. The fabric requirements are below in case you’re making up your mind about which size to make. I hope you all enjoy Triangulation and I can’t wait to see what you make with this pattern!

    Dashed Heart Quilt

    My second quilting pattern is available today in my Etsy shop! The Dashed Heart quilt is a mini quilt which I made with the intention of being a wall hanging, but it would be equally cute on a table or even as a large pillow!

    It’s apparent that I hate matching seams, since all of my patterns thus far have no matching seams to worry about. It sure makes life a lot easier! This pattern is definitely suitable for a beginner. It’s likely evident from the picture that it is simply a bunch of rectangles sewn together. Really the only tricky part is keeping track of all the small pieces! This is definitely a weekend project, possibly even a one-day project if you have a few dedicated sewing hours.

    If you’d like to replicate the quilting I did on this version, I did a simple crosshatch pattern, with the lines 1/2″ inch apart. The sections (what are they called in this type of quilting??) are approximately 2.25″ apart. I always quilt with my stitch length at 3.0.

    Lastly, this version uses shades of pink/peach/purple and all the fabric is from Kona Cotton. I buy mine from Fabric Bubb. The colors I used are: Baby Pink, Bellini, Dusty Peach, Peony (gotta use that one!), Primrose, Woodrose, and Foxglove.

    I hope you enjoy making your own Dashed Heart quilt, and I hope you’ll share it with me so I can admire it! Thanks so much for supporting Peony and Fern!

    Waterfall Pillow–The Pattern

    The Waterfall Pillow pattern is posted to my Etsy shop which means that my first foray into pattern writing is officially out in the world!! My nervousness dissipated over the last few days and was replaced with eagerness to just get it out there already. Much like the anticipation before a big test, the worrying about an error I had overlooked was starting to get the best of me. Last night I reread the pattern for the 100th time and decided if I hadn’t caught a mistake by now, I probably never would. Plus I always love finding mistakes in published things (especially textbooks!) so maybe it’s only fair that I give someone else the opportunity to find an error in my pattern. Needless to say, I’m glad release day is finally here!

    So if you’re looking for a fun and relatively quick project, I hope you’ll give my pillow cover a try! There aren’t any matching seams and the placement of the “waterfall” fabric is all improv, so you really don’t have to worry about getting things just so, which is often a concern with quilting. This is sewing and quilting for the joy of it, and when you’re done, you have a pillow to show for it!

    My testers did a great job helping me hone the directions, but I’m always happy to answer your questions if you get stuck or find a particular step confusing. If there’s a question I get several times, I’ll update this post and include info to help! And if there are any pattern corrections (eek!) I’ll list them here. I can’t wait to see what everyone makes!