I’m so excited to finally share this quilt with you today. It’s been complete for some time now and I’ve been itching to let it see the bright lights of the blogsphere. You may remember from this post that this quilt was originally named ‘A-quilt-that-reminds-me-of-the-beach-until-I-think-of-a-better-name’. Well, it’s now called ‘Drunken Tiles’, and can be found in the latest issue of Fat Quarterly Magazine which is published today!
I was honoured back in November when I was sent a bundle of Sphere by Zen Chic for Moda from Lynne at Lily’s Quilts, tasked with designing and making something for the upcoming precuts issue of Fat Quarterly. Those of you who follow me on Instagram might have seen some colourful scribblings and a few WIP shots as I worked on this quilt earlier in the year. I didn’t want to tempt fate and mention who it was for just in case it wasn’t good enough and I didn’t make the cut! When I found out I had I was over joyed. I’ve loved every minute of my quilting journey but never would have imagined, way back when I started, that a quilt I’d designed would be featured in so prominent a publication. Things like that just don’t happen to this guy!
This quilt make full use of the fat eighths I was sent. I was aiming for a quick and simple design that could be made up in a range of sizes and fabrics, appealing to beginners and more experience quilters alike. I used a stack and cut approach to make the blocks, pairing the prints with coordinating Kona solids, speedily delivered by The Village Haberdashery. I used a widescreen crosshatch print by Carolyn Friendlander for the backing, which I’ve since panic stashed, and finished the quilt off with a great bike path print by Alison Glass. The quilting reflects the fabric collection’s circular name and is a meandering stipple with loops.
I love the fresh, zesty colours of the Sphere collection and you can see why I was quick to associate it with sun, sand and all things summer. I feel warm just looking at it! The fabric dictated the location of the photo shoot, the first that’s taken place away from my house. I took advantage of a rare day of sun in Wales during March to snap the shots.
Be sure to check out the issue for all the other great quilts that are featured!
Lovely, fresh and happy – and well done getting a Welsh day without rain!
Congrats on getting published! This is just the beginning for you!
Yay! Congratulations on getting published! Beautiful, fresh quilt! That looks like a must make one!
Blimey, Nick! You’re getting famous! Seriously, very well done. I can see you making a career in this line of work. I really hope you do. It would be great to see you successful and doing something that obviously makes you so happy. You’ve got a lovely, gently humorous writing style too. Oh, nearly forgot to say that I love the quilt. X
Thank you so much. How sweet!
Wonderful quilt, zesty pattern, and striking photos. I’m so glad to know you, and am privileged to see your work. Keep going strong, up up up!
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Thank you very much in anticipation for the charm pack! I am excited! I actually went to the Patchwork House and spent far more money than I should have. Janet Clarke fabrics were irresistible– bought seaweed and sort of stripes. Regretting already that I didn’t get the whales…or the seagulls…or the fishes…or the yachts…
Sigh! Bought other fabric though and my first reel of Adrifil sewing thread. And a smaller rotary cutter. I spent a very pleasant hour, I can tell you!