I’d noticed various bloggers using shot cottons in their quilts the past few years, and raving about the fabric. Then some fat quarters showed up on sale and I managed to grab two each of the light and dark bundles. I couldn’t stop looking at them and touching them. They had such great depth and the softest feel, and I was smitten! The feeling didn’t last long once I started using them though, as I personally found them to be difficult to work with. The fabric was quite thin, distorted easily, and unravelled like nobody’s business. I’ve also since read that they bleed in the wash (really?) but I haven’t gotten that far yet to find out. I will update this post when I do.
[UPDATE 8/8/17: Today I washed the quilt. Since I was concerned about bleeding I washed it in synthrapol. I washed a scrap towel along with it, and I didn’t notice any bleeding within the quilt or onto the towel. I did notice that the shot cotton came out very soft (nice!) and pretty wrinkled, like linen (hmmm). On the whole I consider it a success and am going through my inspiration files for another pattern to use with my remaining shot cotton fat quarters. ]
I ended up using 18 different colored fat quarters for blocks, which is fewer than the pattern called for, but only because all of my fat quarters were at least 18 x 22 inches. Had any of them been short I would have needed more. I used two dark teal fat quarters for the setting triangles (with some really creative cutting) and two light teal fat quarters for the binding. I was determined to have as little left over as possible. Can you say OCD?
Choosing which colors to use for blocks was mostly driven by some french blue minky backing that I had purchased for another quilt that wasn’t quite the right color. I changed my mind countless times, but was pretty happy with the final selection. I had a handful of pieces leftover from cutting 60º triangles out of strip sets, and they just screamed pillow, so I obliged. I quilted the pillow sides myself with straight line quilting and silver thread. I picked the pantograph “Bumpity” for the quilt and Karen picked plum colored thread, which I just adore.
My SIL’s niece Nikki had her second child Henley on the 4th of July. Perfect timing for a quilt gift! Congratulations to Nikki, Andy, and first daughter Marlow, on the joyous addition of Henley to your family. I’m working on a small pillow for Marlow that goes with her baby quilt so she won’t feel left out. Post to follow!