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This week I’m sharing why I love the Handmade with Love Super Bundle. One of the reasons is this pattern, which happens to be included in the bundle.
Has this ever happened to you? You see a fabric and know that it must have been designed for you.
It’s like someone read your mind and said, “I know what she wants. She wants this!”
That’s how I felt when I saw Alison Glass’s Chroma* fabric and accompanying pattern collection. It felt like Alison had seen my thoughts and then turned them into fabrics and quilts. (*affiliate)
What’s With All These Colors?
Several months ago I had this revelation that I lacked a real understanding of color theory and it was affecting the outcome of my quilts. This deficiency would reveal itself when it came to choosing colors for a quilt.
About this time Alison Glass launched her Chroma line of fabrics and I swooned. These fabrics are traditionally-dyed batiks with all sorts of irregularities. And they sang to me when I saw them.
Because I wanted to work with these colors, I chose to make a Chroma Patchwork Quilt with one change. I made my blocks 12″ rather than the 8″ size in the pattern. Normally, I would’ve followed the pattern, but my granddaughter (and family) were staying with us while transitioning back to the US. She needed a bed quilt and this seemed the fastest way to make a quilt with a 4-year-old by my side.
Like me, my granddaughter loved these fabrics and claimed the future quilt for her new bedroom. Every day, we would work on the quilt. I would add blocks to the design wall and she would comment and approve.
Beauty in Simplicity
Choosing a simple patchwork pattern really allowed me to wrap my head around the colors. Instead of focusing on piecing, I was able to focus on layout. The pattern includes color lessons which helped me move forward with understanding color theory in a quilt.
That’s the beauty of this pattern when combined with a colorful collection of fabrics.
My Chat with the Designer
This year at Quilt Market, I had the privilege of chatting with Alison Glass over lunch. I shared my love of this fabric and how much it helped with my color theory challenges. Getting to visit with the fabric designer and hear her share thoughts about the fabric line was so special. Alison explained some of the complexities of the batik process and how it limited the actual amount of available fabric for this collection. Knowing this makes the quilt that much more special and a detail I will share with my granddaughter when she’s older.
For this quilt, I purchased half-yard pieces in almost every color available. While I cut out 12.5″ blocks, there was still a lot left over. I decided to use the remaining fabrics for the back, with a few additional scraps to fill in the rest.
After it was all said and done, the remaining scraps were so few, I couldn’t make a potholder.
I went with a simple wavy stitch for my quilting and did this on my Grace SR2 Frame with my Juki TL-2010Q. (affiliate) Because of the square grid created from the patchwork design, I was easily able to keep my stitching aligned and follow the grid.
This Alison Glass pattern, plus two others are included in the Handmade With Love Super Bundle that I’ve been talking about all week. I would’ve bought the Bundle for this set of patterns, alone. If you’ve ever seen an Alison Glass pattern you’ll understand. The instructions are very well written and there is more than one option for personalizing your quilt.
If you haven’t taken advantage of the Handmade With Love Super Bundle, I encourage you to give it a try. And don’t forget, the bundle has a money-back guarantee so there so much to gain and nothing to lose. And, I’ve also added a BONUS from my Shop. See below for details.
Once the quilt was finished, my granddaughter couldn’t claim it fast enough. She occasionally wears the quilt as if it were the Royal Robes.
You never know when an eBook from a Bundle can provide an opportunity to spend quality time with a loved one. For me, that’s the real value of this bundle.
An Added Bonus from Me!
Yes, for FREE.
But you MUST buy the Bundle using my link.
After you’ve made your purchase send me an email with the title “Ultimate Bundles Freebie” along with your receipt and the appliqué set you want. I will send back the ePattern of your choice!
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