Hello! And welcome! I’m
so thrilled to have you stop by on the Pat Bravo Heartland Blog Tour!
Playtime Quilt. I noticed a call out for makers to participate in a blog hop
featuring Pat Bravo’s new Heartland fabric line for Art Gallery Fabrics. I
loved working with Playground by Amy Sinibaldi and was eager to get my hands on
some more Art Gallery Fabrics – they just feel ahh-mazing! There is a silky
softness to them that I really love. And Pat’s latest collection of grays,
muted yellows, teals and minty greens is simply gorgeous. It had me dreaming of
winter morning walks in the country side around the holidays – total bliss.
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participate! The only requirement for our designs was that they be Scandinavian
inspired. I absolutely adore Scandinavian style. In fact, I have an interior design Pinterest board filled with the understated yet graphic design aesthetic.
I can’t get enough. Putting together a quilt design based on this theme was no
feature a little of the ochre and my design centered around that element. And I
just HAD to use the wintry pine trees as my backing! It really does call to my
love of nature and the magical feeling winter brings (well at least until
January and then I’d be ready for spring time!!).
my fabric parcel ended up in Costa Rica! In the end, I had to change up my
design and size of quilt as I only had a few days to pull everything together. I
went back to the inspiration board I had originally created and designed an
entirely new quilt. But I always say, things happen for a reason so I must have
been meant to create this modern take on the traditional Nordic Star, which I’ve
called Winter Star.
stumbled upon this block that was traditionally captured in red and white and
on a much smaller scale. I really wanted the feel of this quilt to be soft and not too busy. So I went big and bold for the block design. And I do
mean big, each block is a little over 20”.
And while the design is graphic, the colourway keeps the overall feel
nice and relaxed.
with gray thread. I ended up opting for a darker gray #5004 by Aurifil which
blends with the grays featured in the fabric line, while complementing the
minty green, teals and ochre in a subtle way. I went for diagonal quilted lines
in order to emphasise the star shape. I love how it all looks from the back as
but I went with 50wt as that was the only gray I had on hand. I was concerned
the 50wt wouldn’t give me the prominent stitches I love, but I really quite
like the effect!
peanut M&Ms (my current binding snacking go-to)! Doesn’t it just complete
the look perfectly?!
fit in with lots of different interior décors. This quilt is beyond soft to the
touch, plus the colourway is so soothing, it is sure to help lull a little one into
a deep sleep!
This project was a great lesson that sometimes life throws
you curve balls and instead of freaking out and trying to force an original
plan, you have to be flexible and open to just rolling with it. I designed this quilt Friday morning, did my test block on Friday afternoon and then pieced and quilted most of the quilt over the weekend. Monday was all about finishing up the quilting and spending some time hand binding. Woot woot – I made it! Thankfully the weather cooperated on Tuesday so I could get some pictures snapped and the blog post prepped. I think this is a record for me!!
I absolutely adore my modern quilted rendition of the Nordic Star. And this
also marks the first baby quilt I’ve ever made. Basting this little beauty was
actually fun as I didn’t have any of the usual aches and pains associated with
basting the larger quilts I typically work on! Yay for that!
inspiration! You certainly won’t be disappointed adding this fabric line to
A heartfelt thank you to Pat for including me on The Heartland Blog Tour! And be sure to check-out the other participants, there are
some amazing designs that have already been shared and more to come through
Friday October 21, including:
thoughts on this modern Winter Star baby quilt.
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