Simply Retro Quilt #2 - Swell

Here's finished photos of my second quilt from the book Simply Retro.  Definitely a distinct color scheme, one that makes me think of candy and icecream!

I left off the border on this one, so after washing the size is 46"x58".

I backed it in a voile, so again it is so silky and soft.

Patchwork Quilt

Ok, I miss blogging about quilts and so I'm hoping to get back to talking about them here as they are made, rather than months later! 

Anyway, this one I made for my brother's new little baby.  The VW camper van fabric was my starting point.  I didn't know if they were having a boy or girl, so I was going gender neutral.

When I can't decide what quilt pattern to use, I always go patchwork squares because it always works...

The backing is Double Gauze, and it makes it so soft.  The squares were 4" I think.

Plans for the Next Quilt

I received this bundle of fat quarters in the mail the other day.  If you signed up for Monthy Sparks from Fabric Spark, then you've likely received it already.  I'm not signed up, but the reason I received it is because I curated the bundle this month!

Right away I knew I'd be using it for a pattern from the Simply Retro book.  I decided on Playground.

I'm finding that a lot of these patterns need a large chunk of one type of fabric for the background.  I don't have a lot of pieces that are more than 2 yards, so that's gonna be a fun challenge to find fabrics that work!  Anyways for this one I'm going with an unusual choice.  I think it is Andover Chambray in Bluegrass, but I bought it in an actual store and now when I look at the swatch online it looks more blue, whereas this fabric I've got here is fairly green.  One thing I've learned though is that trying to choose solid fabrics online by the way the swatches look on your screen is not a wise thing to do!

After choosing this fabric as my background, I decided these two fabrics (above) from my stack just weren't working the best.  I stuffed them into my stash pile and imagined I heard their sigh of relief at having escaped the chopping block!

I chose these two (above) to replace them.  Just looking at the photo above it doesn't make much sense, but I wanted to add a bit more purple and blue.

And so here's my stack for now!  I hope to start cutting tonight, although I do need to put the binding on my last one...

Also, Fabric Spark is having a back to school sale this weekend!  20%  off all kids fabric with  coupon code "coolkids".  And lucky for us, 'kids' fabric apparantly includes lots of stripes and geometric prints as well!

Swell Top Completed

The second quilt top from Simply Retro is complete!  Actually it's almost quilted already so it may be finished in a couple of days.

This one has a fairly distinctive color palette.  I started with a stack of some Midwest Modern by Amy Butler prints that I'd been hoarding.  In the end I added a lot of other prints.  It was fun putting together a quilt with such a distinctive group of colors.  The downside is that the finished quilt is less versatile because it definitely would not appeal to everyone, nor suit a wide variety of home decor.

The pattern, (Swell in the book Simply Retro) is an easy relaxing one to cut, only one size of square and one size of rectangle.  It's equally easy to sew.  It's definitely one I'd recommend as a beginner pattern.