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!



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    February 8, 2011

    It’s stunning, Faith! I always love your pieced backs, too, and I’m becoming more and more of a fan of adding a tiny bit of print into a solid binding. You braving the snow reminds me I should have no problem going out into the sun to photograph my latest quilt!

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    Emily {creative chicks}

    February 8, 2011

    Fantastic! Kind of has the look of a stylized bento box.

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    February 8, 2011

    Absolutely stunning! I have to say, I wasn’t really loving all the Echino fabric I’ve seen online recently, but now that I see your quilt I GET it! Really, really love the layout you used. Beautiful!

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    February 8, 2011

    You used your fabric well. It’s just a striking quilt, front and back.

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    February 8, 2011

    Looks great! Sometimes I think I need to invest in those photographer gloves because it does get cold taking outdoor photos in the winter! I have a bag that I carry close slips and some of my husbands shop clips so I am prepared for whatever focal point I find around town.

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    Kelly B.

    February 8, 2011

    I love love love this Faith!!!! Great job!

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    February 8, 2011

    This absolutely beautiful. I have been saving my Echino stash and I love the pattern you designed. Love.It!

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    February 8, 2011

    Beautiful, beautiful quilt. I love it! My backyard looks just like yours.

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    Rachel at Stitched in Color

    February 8, 2011

    Yours is easily my favorite echino quilt so far because of the way you used simple piecing and the white to allow the eyes to actually take in the fun prints without getting overwhelmed. Love it!

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    February 8, 2011

    oh, this is scrumptious! i agree with rachel- this isn’t overwhelming at all. it’s bright but balanced. gorgeous!

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    February 9, 2011

    I absolutely love this quilt! I am starting to get more adventurous with my quilts, so I think I’ll be trying something similar soon. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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    Kristie at OCD

    February 9, 2011

    Fun pattern! I don’t normally “get” echino, but I love this quilt, and how you worked in the white. Looks great against the snow 😉 Worth a little frostbite, eh?

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    February 10, 2011

    I think this is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS. Well done!

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    Cilla Rule

    February 11, 2011

    Love your echino quilt and also the good folks scrappy quilt very beautiful.
    I would love to be able to make a quilt for my great nephew Ethan with these fabrics, he has just been born and is very beautiful

    Cilla Rule

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    Denise Miller

    February 11, 2011

    Pattern/tutorial for those of us who think, “How did she dream up this beauty of simplicity, color, and design?” I love how this quilt makes me feel. And the dimensions are the perfect useful size (says she spending more time on the daybed than at the sewing machine lately due to ongoing treatments for a surprise diagnosis). I find Encino tough to mentally dream sith, too. Well done, all around.

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    February 11, 2011

    this quilt is so great! I think it turned out perfect with the quilting!

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    February 14, 2011

    Oooo, I’ve been waiting for this one! GORGEOUS! I know I missed the giveaway, but I just wanted to tell you I love it!

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    @pril Bowerman

    March 28, 2011

    I love this quilt!

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    October 12, 2011

    i love how the snow works with this. I am trying to plan an all Echino quilt and yours is a great inspiration. I have never made a quilt without a definite pattern before.
    I’d like to know what color of kona solids you used, especially the purple binding.

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    November 29, 2011

    BEAUTIFUL! Also your photos are so good on the white snow, repeating the white in your quilt! xxx Teje

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    December 17, 2011

    This is gorgeous. I have to admit I’m another person who doesn’t usually “get” Echino, but this is amazing looking.

    And I have to second the comment requesting a tutorial! (or a rough idea of the sizing of all the pieces).

    Lovely, lovely!


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