I’m a fan of precuts, especially jelly rolls and charm packs. Using precuts allows me to sample an entire line without buying tons of fabric, and I love a good matchy-matchy quilt as much as I do a super-scrappy quilt. Plus, sewing with jelly rolls or charms cuts down on my cutting time. (I secretly like cutting, but it’s nice to have a shortcut sometimes!)
A recent opportunity to work with a new precut—the jolly bar, sold exclusively by the Fat Quarter Shop—opened up a whole new world for me. Jolly bars contain precut 5” x 10” rectangles. The Fat Quarter Shop provided me a jolly bar of Bonnie and Camille’s new Hello Darling collection and set me loose to do what I wanted with it. Yippee!
I’ve sewed squares and curves and triangles, but I’ve never worked with rectangles. I immediately knew I wanted to design a quilt that would take advantage of that new-to-me shape. This is what I concocted ...
I’m calling this design Bring on the Dancing Horses,* and it features big, big diamonds composed of half-rectangle triangles (HRTs). I made it without the use of a fancy ruler, but I’m so smitten with these triangles that after having made this quilt, I did invest in Bloc_Loc’s HRT set.
|The back features fabrics from older Bonnie and Camille lines.|
Although I can imagine these diamonds quilted with, say, a lovely figure-eight design, I opted for straight-line quilting a quarter of an inch on either side of the block seams. Then I went back and quilted around the inside and outside of the triangles.
|A close-up of the quilting.|
|I adore the binding. It’s also from Hello Darling.|
If you want to sew your own version of this quilt, I documented my process in Tutorial: Bring on the Dancing Horses.
And because I’m an overachiever when it comes to these diamonds, I made a second quilt top, using a jolly bar of Bonnie and Camille’s Daysail. Do you have any suggestions on the quilting? My knee-jerk reaction is to repeat my initial approach, but I’m open to other options.
I will most likely gift the Hello Darling quilt, but I am tempted to keep the Daysail version. Can you blame me? ; )
* “Bring on the Dancing Horses” is a song by Echo and the Bunnymen. No, there are no horses in my quilt design!
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