08 Jun Sew Solid Sunday #6
Welcome back to Sew Solid Sunday! I hope you’ve had some fun with solid fabrics over the past month.
When I was at Quilt Market last month I had the opportunity to attend a session by Heather Jones about her new designs made from American Made Brand Solids. These solid fabrics are all made and processed here in the United States! American Made was kind enough to provide us all with a charm pack of the 50 colors they currently produce. This month’s Sew Solid Sunday seemed the perfect opportunity to give them a try.
I started with my new notebook as inspiration. That cover just screams quilt and charm pack. Of course, I had to make a few changes, so I turned the design on its side, offset the charms and made the quilt a bit more asymmetrical than the notebook. The American Made Brand charms were beautiful to work with. I added some Kona Snow for the background and an unknown orange solid that I’ve had in my stash for a long time as the binding.
I’m calling my new quilt American Notebook. It finishes at about 40″ square. I cut the charms in half and sewed them together at random. This is always a bit hard for me, but I did it! I swear, I did NOT put them all on the design wall first as I’m so often tempted to do when working “randomly”. I sewed some of the strips together, offsetting the charms and left two single strips. This kind of design is perfect for solids – the colors just shine through! Add some background, a lot of spiral quilting and there you are!
That spiral quilting is a bit tricky for the first few inches, but the effect is so worth it! Thread decisions for a multi-colored quilt like this one can be a bit difficult for me since, in general, I prefer my quilting thread to match my quilt. Clearly, that isn’t possible here so I chose a medium grey, Aurifil 2610, that I hoped would blend well and I think it did.
If you’d like to make your own version of American Notebook, I’ve provided some more detailed information after the linky party.
So what have you been working on? Please don’t forget to link back to Sew Solid Sunday in your posts 🙂
- Cut the charm squares in half. Sew the halves together along the short ends
at random to make 9 strips of 9 charms each.
- Set aside two strips as Units
A and C. On three of the remaining
strips, cut 2¼” off one end and sew it back onto the other end. These strips will be ¼” shorter than the
others. Trim the edges even after
- Beginning with a strip with full
width charms and alternating with strips with half width charms at the ends,
sew 3 charm strips together into Unit B.
Sew 4 charm strips together into Unit D.
- Trim the selvages off the background
- Sew the units together in the
following order (left to right):
- 4½” background strip
- Charm strip Unit A
- 5½” background strip
- Charm strip Unit B
- 7″ background strip
- Charm strip Unit C
- 2½” background strip
- Charm strip Unit D
- 5″ background strip
7. Quilt in a spiral quilt design or
8. Finish the quilt with the binding.
cpowell6664Carla PowellPosted at 18:40h, 09 March
I’ve just started working on this quilt. In instructions it says after the link party there’s more info.
What’s the link party?
Linda F FitzgeraldPosted at 11:59h, 16 October
Love it! Great way to use my leftover solid strips
JudyPosted at 07:41h, 19 June
Love this quilt cant wait to try it
Nadine MedlinPosted at 15:30h, 10 January
Just ran across your quilt today (Jan.11,2016) and had to download it right away. It is going to be one of 2016’s quilts.
AnnePosted at 17:17h, 24 June
Didn't get it done in time for the link. Maybe next month.
AnnePosted at 15:38h, 10 June
Love your charm quilt Debbie. I find it very hard to sew randomly as you did on this one. I'm definitely a planner. Finishing up a all solid quilt right now that I hope to add to the link by end of week.
KittyAnnArtPosted at 03:31h, 09 June
Wonderful design, never know when or where inspiration for a quilt will show up! Thanks for the share!
RachelPosted at 17:56h, 08 June
When you posted a picture of the notebook cover I was wondering how soon I would see a quilt in the pattern. You did not disappoint 🙂
MargaretPosted at 14:09h, 08 June
I love this! Your design inspiration is spot on – it really makes those colors shine, as does your spiral quilting, which is awesome! I've been wanting to give the American Made Solids a try and am happy to read your review. Thanks so much for sharing how you put this quilt together!