Thursday, September 26, 2013
'A Walk in the Woods' - Quilt Top
I bought this 'A Walk in the Woods' jelly roll in Canada. Last year. It's been patiently waiting in my stash for me to summon up the courage to untie it. It's almost too pretty to use!
I decided to make a cross quilt out of it because I needed something mindless and quick. Patching the crosses together took me three evenings/nights. That was back in June. Then my exams started and the quilt top went into my ufo drawer.
I know it's a shame to leave an almost finished quilt (or so it feels...) laying in my ufo drawer for months. I'm not trying to make excuses but it took some time to find the fabrics for the borders.
First I thought about using one of the gray fabrics from the Walk in the Woods collection. When I saw the prices (and realized the fabrics are hard to find because the collection is discontinued) I decided to go with a simple white border. Easier said than done.
I went to about five fabric stores, had my mom look at craft fairs, went to several fabric markets... nothing. This particular white seems to be impossible to find in Germany.
So what to do if you can't find the fabric you're looking for? Ask the designer.
Yepp. I asked Aneela Hoey in person (well sort of... via instagram) whether she knew of any coordinating solid white to go with the collection. And guess what? She answered within several hours!! I couldn't believe my luck. Apparently it's a 'bleached white' that's available from bella solids by moda.
Well I didn't find that particular fabric but I found a kona cotton bleach white.
Adding just a white border was too boring so bought the blue mushroom fabric when I was in Berlin.
For the binding I'm gonna use all the scraps from the collection I have left to make it fun and colorful.
I also found the perfect quilt backing fabric in my stash. It's a soft flannel that I originally bought to make pajama pants. Well, two years later it's still in my stash so I figured I'd just use it for the quilt.
Now comes the worst part: waiting for my mom to quilt it!
'A walk in the Woods' jelly roll by Aneela Hoey for Moda: Hamels fabrics in Chilliwack, BC, Canada
'bleach white' by KONA cotton: Quilt und Textilkunst in Munich, Germany
'blue mushrooms' by Aneela Hoey: Volksfaden in Berlin, Germany
quilt backing fabric (brand unknown): Alfatex in Göttingen, Germany