Friday, November 11, 2016

Heartland Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on the Heartland Blog Tour! 

Pat Bravo from Art Gallery Fabrics has a beautiful new fabric line now out called Heartland. I have always loved their fabrics, especially for their high thread count substrate and on-trend designs and colors, so when Amy Friend asked if I'd like to be part of it, it was an easy yes.

I was tasked with making something from that line. It looks like I have a new guy that will be joining my life in a few months so I immediately thought it would be fun to take some of the the more masculine or neutral prints from the Heartland line and make a baby quilt suitable for a little boy. Life being what it is (busy!!! always!!!) and loving a minimal, modern aesthetic, I came up with this quilt made of oversized half rectangles in a graphic arrangement with the colors. It really lets the fabrics shine and is surprisingly sophisticated for how simple it is. 


when you go minimal, every proportion and fabric placement has a lot of impact. That means you can't really hide anything in the busy-ness, so although I saved time in the piecing, I had to make sure every fabric choice was well thought out.


I backed it in the adorable owl print. So cute for a baby quilt!


I also used some newly gained ideas from Jacquie Gering's book Walk to use that owl print backing fabric as my guide and quilted it. I quilted it with the back side up. It is a variation on one of the motifs in Jacquie's book called Boomerang. I love how it adds a geometric texture on top of the simple geometric piecing. I had to be really careful when basting my layers that my owl backing fabric was registered nicely to the front but otherwise it was not tricky at all.

It was a quick, fun quilt to make! Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out what this talented group of makers has created with the Heartland fabrics. Also don't miss the Trekant Rows free pattern from Amy Friend!

November 7 Debbie 
November 8 Jess and Charise
November 9 Jade
November 10 Amanda
November 11 Kari ---you are here!
November 14 Stephanie
November 15 Christopher
November 16 Kerry
November 17 Nichole
November 18 Krista