got the first sneak peak at Tamara Kate’s gorgeous
new collection back in early Fall. This one is aptly named Joy, because it will
absolutely bring you joy – joyful memories, joyful feelings – just pure joy!
time thinking through a design. I got a little worried, as it didn’t
immediately come to mind. But then, one day during a walk, it came to me!
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envisioned a large-scale log cabin, large enough to really highlight the
details Tamara does such a great job featuring in her prints. I didn’t want
those details to be lost with intricate cutting, but I also didn’t want the
traditional log cabin to feel overwhelmed by prints. I wanted to enhance the
prints and stunning colours featured in this collection and that’s when I
thought about playing with another layer of scale. This time I focused in on
shrinking the size of two sides of the log cabin.
I could have gone with smaller sides and still kept the
prints, but we love playing with fabric and colour and I thought this was the
perfect opportunity to see how the colours would pop and play off another by
introducing solids. These Michael Miller Cotton Couture solids match perfectly with the Joy Collection.
quilt is super quick and easy to piece. In no time flat you will have a 63“x63”
quilt top that has amazing visual impact! Quick, easy and large enough to
snuggle up on the sofa with – yes please!
to add both machine and hand quilting details. For machine quilting, I stitched in the ditch to add some stability to the quilt using Aurifil Thread #5004 in 50wt.
Michael Miller Fabrics have an
amazing hand feel and I wanted to enhance that with some big stitch hand
quilting using pearl cotton thread in size 8. Plus, the hand quilting adds another layer of texture that enhances the visual movement of the log cabin
up on the couch snuggled under her while hand quilting away. Talk about joyful
would be backing her in the Grandi Flora Gray print. This bold floral turned
out to be the perfect counterpoint to the graphic design of the quilt top.
for my Spring is in the Air quilt pattern (available here), but she designs
some of the BEST binding prints and Whisp in Aqua didn’t disappoint!
label (get the free DIY pattern here).
Since the backing was so busy, I opted to go with some solids so that it would coordinate
with the quilt but still standout.
What I love about the final design is that this play of
colour and prints can be examined with any collection you have. I’m actually
thinking of playing with just solids to see what visual effect that has. The
options are truly endless, and I love how my pattern testers demonstrate that.
styles lend themselves nicely to this quilt pattern. A few of my testers were
concerned that their fabrics weren’t modern enough for me. But this is what I
truly love about quilting – there truly is no right or wrong. Just because I tend to
gravitate towards modern colours and prints, doesn’t mean that’s what you need
Calm and Earthy – Melva Loves Scraps
like notes. That dusty rose immediately caught my eye. And she did an amazing
job balancing and highlighting that with the other saturated colours and soft florals. Plus,
look at all the quilty texture she added!
|Photo courtesy of Melva Nolan from MelvaLovesScraps
Print Reversal – Village Bound Quilts
the prints vs. solids ratio for an amazing effect. Her quilt still has plenty
of visual impact and your eye is drawn in to take a closer look at the prints
|Photo courtesy of Tiffany Horn from Village Bound Quilts
Florals and plaid, oh my! – Flip & Co.
happy?! She had a great time matching her Meriwether prints featuring large and
small florals and plaid with Kona solids. Just a stunning pairing.
|Photo Courtesy of Flip & Co
Polka Dot Play – Frieda Tong
|Photo courtesy of Frieda Tong
Free Motion Whimsy – Dizzy Quilts
in her Reverberance quilt. And I adore the free motion quilting meander she
added that is a perfect counterpoint to the geometric nature of the pattern. Just
goes to show you, there are so many ways to add your own personal touch to a quilt
|Photo courtesy of Dizzy Quilts
shops are all carrying the Joy collection:
Fabric starts shipping this week!
Reverberance as it references the movement inherent in this pattern.
in a weekend, you too can have a fully finished snuggly quilt to enjoy for
years to come. Tell me, doesn’t that bring you joy?!
Michael Miller Fabrics and the Reverberance quilt pattern, we’re hosting a giveaway on Instagram. So be sure to hop over here to win not only a pretty Joy
bundle, but a free digital copy of the Reverberance pattern too!
thank you to Tamara for including me in the Joy showcase. You can see the
beautiful creations from all the makers up on Tamara’s blog.
PS Adding this pretty to Finish it up Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts and knocking it off my Q1 2018 FAL list!
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