A couple of years ago, I had my first magazine quilt finish – Pavement Puddles.
It was featured on the cover of the first ever Make Modern Magazine, and I was thrilled! Since then, you guys have purchased the pattern yourself, but it’s taken me this long to get another version made myself!
I actually finished the quilt top this time last year, but just never got around the finishing it – until today! Isn’t it beautiful? It is so very different from the first version, with the colours and textures shining in a variety of ways!
Firstly, I used a Doe jelly roll by Carolyn Friedlander. I have to say, Carolyn is up there with my favourite ever fabric designers, and I literally just cannot get enough of her graphic prints. I paired them with some Kaffe Fassett shot cotton, which is a blue/grey with an orange shot through it. You can sort of see in the above photo how different the fabric looks at different angles and dependant on how the fabric has been cut and placed.
If I’m totally honest (and I know you expect me to be!), I wouldn’t choose to work with these shot cottons again. They are quite fine and lightweight, and had a hell of a lot of movement once sewn. I used a whole lot of Flatter, but it was not a total delight to work with. You can see in the above photo that I lost a bunch of points throughout due to the stretching and movement of the fabric. But at the end of the day – it’s worked!
When it came to the quilting, I have come to the conclusion that if this kind of meandering FMQ is all I can manage these days, then I just have to be happy with it? And I really am. I think it actually softens the sharp angles in the quilt, and the thread I chose – variegated Aurifil #4665 – just sings throughout. It’s all shades of blues and greys, and is literally the perfect match for this project!
This beauty is actually my final (well, planned to be) quilt finish for the year! I still have a couple of quilty finishes to show you, but they were done and dusted weeks ago and I just haven’t got around to revealing them! It will be gifted to someone very special to me, who has seen me give a million quilts away but never received one 😉 Can’t wait!
If you’d like to make your own Pavement Puddles quilt, you will find the PDF pattern HERE. It’s a reasonably quick jelly roll friendly make!