Friday, October 29, 2021

Yes, Another Economy Block Quilt! / Beauties Pageant 151

When I realized that my first economy block quilt (unveiled last week in this post) used more than 7 yards of stash and scraps, I started cutting a second. How could I resist? Culling through the Art Gallery fabrics I had on hand was a lot of fun. There were some fabrics I thought I would never find the right project for, but once I realized the sheer amount of eggplant, green, and peach in my Art Gallery stash, a palette quickly coalesced. And the results? Pretty, pretty, pretty!

I quilted last week’s finish with my walking foot, reasoning that it would be silly not to straight-line quilt a project whose seams offered the luxury of quilting without marking any lines. With this second project, though, I pulled out my darning foot for some stippling. The more I free-motion quilt, the more I like it—although I’d be lying if I said I were 100% satisfied with the results. (To be honest, though, I say the same about my straight-line quilting!)

I especially like the pieced back on this project. It combines some brand-new yardage with some well-aged fat quarters. That serene green, pictured above and below, is from Sharon Holland’s recent Lilliput collection. The owls, however, are from Maureen Cracknell’s Nightfall line, released in 2016. I could not bear to hack those beautiful creatures into smaller bits for piecing. They are the perfectly highlighted in this backing, though. (I actually won all of Nightfall in fat quarters. See what I made with the lion’s share from the bundle here.)

Between this quilt and last week’s finish, my stash is 15 yards lighter. I think that means it’s time to go fabric shopping. : )

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  1. I love your quilt using that color combination! I would never had pulled those together. 15 yards of fabric? You definitely need to go shopping, happy stitching!

  2. Wow, what a beautiful quilt! I wouldn't necessarily have put those colors together but they create such a calm and serene composition.

  3. Eggplant + mint + peach = WOW!!! So cute! Yes, time to restock the collection!!!

  4. Another gorgeous economy quilt. I don't think I would ever think to put those colors together but they sure sing beautifully together. Just curious, how big are your quilts? Congrats on using 15 yards of fabric.

  5. Pretty quilt. I have 'sew' much fabric I should make an economy quilt or 5!
    I like your choice of colours.

  6. Haha, I have many of those same fabrics floating around my sewing room with the pressure of "I need to make something really special with these". And so they sit. It's very encouraging that you've used so much stash fabric for this quilt - very pretty!

  7. Oh I love the pieced backing and also the hand stitch binding! It's really beautiful.

  8. Your Economy Block quilt turned out pretty! I've yet to make one of these blocks, though it looks like it's good for using-up stashed fabrics in a scrappy way. Still, I'm more inclined to play with improv these days, which definitely uses up fabric because I end up setting aside blocks and bits I don't like! Your free motion looks very good! You need to give yourself more credit.

  9. Another lovely quilt. I really like the colour palette. It gives me hope that I may be able to use some of the excess of salmon pink fabrics I have in my stash. I think there's some overlap between salmon pink and peach....

  10. Hi,
    Awesome all those color combos...have a great day!

  11. This turned out amazing. Well done. I'm not always happy with my quilting either. Have fun with the second version.


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