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Echino Squared

Echino Squared

I think my hands are finally defrosted enough to write this post. Just when I thought Mother Nature couldn’t make it any harder to take quilt photos, she threw us 2+ feet of snow (3+ foot drifts!) and I’m pretty sure it’s about 10 degrees outside right now. And I seem to have misplaced my gloves. But of course that wasn’t about to stop me from braving the elements and getting a picture of this great new quilt. I know I looked hilarious out there, dragging a clothes line, clothes pins, my camera and a quilt through all that snow in my backyard, practically falling every other step.

Echino Squared

I bought this Echino fabric a loooooong time ago. I was scared to use it on the wrong project. It’s just a *tad* pricier than regular quilting cotton. Finally one day I was sketching out ideas and came up with a design I thought would feature the large scale designs and bright colors perfectly.

Echino Squared

Each block is 9″, making the final quilt 54″ x 72″. I quilted this one with straight lines 1/4″ on each side of the vertical and horizontal seams with a 3.5 stitch length. My initial plan was also to do diagonals through all the blocks, but I did one and wasn’t feeling it. I picked those stitches out and called it a day.

Echino Squared

The binding is a Kona cotton with a bit of Echino pieced in on the top left. The back is a selection of Kona solids mixed with large blocks of Echino prints taken from the front. The white used on the front and back is actually Kona Snow – a softer white.

Echino Squared

Call it cabin fever, but I just picture the kids and me lounging on this quilt in the sun when it’s about 75 degrees outside.

And to celebrate finally using some of my Echino stash, I plan to have an Echino giveaway on my blog later this week. Be sure to check back to enter!

February 8, 2011   21 Comments

Shot Cottons and Cross Weaves

Shot Cottons Moda Cross Weaves

I mentioned last week that I wanted to get some Moda cross weaves after Kim sent us some for her bee block in January. While I was at it, I decided to also order some shot cottons. Believe it or not, I haven’t used either before! I’m really glad I took the plunge. The cross weaves look beautiful and the shot cottons are incredibly soft and have amazing drape. I’m thinking of ordering more for a summer dress for my daughter.

From top to bottom, the fabrics in the photo are…flamingo moda cross weave, scarlet shot cotton, tangerine shot cotton, lemon shot cotton, lime shot cotton, moss shot cotton, spearmint cross weave, sky cross weave, and blue-white cross weave.

The cross weaves are from the Fabric Shack and the shot cottons are from The Needle Shop and Sheree’s Alchemy.

January 24, 2011   4 Comments