I guess I should start with what started this crazy idea in my head - it was after seeing this blog post by Faith on her blog Fresh Lemons Quilts. If you follow the link it will take you to the exact post with the DWR table runner she started. I saw that and automatically my mind went to the latest AMH collection that I'd purchased, Hand Drawn Garden. I thought those big melons would be a great way to showcase those amazing prints in the line. I'd also purchased a coordinating solids bundle from Westwood Acres. So I thought about it for a few days, how would I do the arcs, what fabric would I use for the squares, etc. I also didn't have the templates, so I entered the giveaways still open in the EZ Quilting DWR Challenge blog hop. I had actually priced the templates online, decided Amazon was probably the best place to get them when I got an email saying I'd won a set of templates! So, of course, I had to do it! The only thing left was to determine which fabrics I would use for the 4 square centers.
|Auditioning fabric for squares!|
Once I got started I ran into a few hurdles. I didn't have enough variation in the solids. So I consulted my stash. Lacking. So I consulted the post "What goes with What?" on Pink Chalk Fabrics here. I was able to flesh out my blues, greens, oranges, purples, and yellows. It's hard to see in some of the pictures, but I used several different shades of the same colors. There are at least 3-4 different shades of red/pink-red alone. The purples and blues? Lots of those too.
|You can see some of the different tones of the same colors I used!|
The templates made it so easy to cut the fabric! It wasn't exactly fun, but that was because there were so many pieces.
A design wall was definitely a "must-have" for this project. There's no way I would have been able to accomplish this without one. I mean, carpet would have been okay, but with pets/kids there's no way it would have survived til morning!
The binding I settled on is the green Hugs and Kisses print. Attaching the binding was ... hard. I consulted The Plaid Scottie's DWR QAL she hosted a few years ago (here). That really helped me out quite a bit. I think if I needed to bind another DWR quilt I would choose 2.5" binding instead of 2.25". That extra wiggle room would have been really nice.
Now here's a couple more shots to end the post:
I'm entering this quilt in the Double Wedding Ring Quilt Challenge hosted by EZ Quilting & the NYC Mod Quilt Guild, along with a lot of other people that you can read about here.
Fabric: AMH Hand Drawn Garden, AMH Loulouthi Hugs & Kisses, various solids
Binding: AMH Loulouthi Hugs & Kisses
Quilting: Me (machine and hand)