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!

Organized Chaos…Echino Style

Echino

I finished my Echino quilt top last week, after practically a 6 month break. I’m not sure why it took me so long to pick this one up again, I really love the Echino patterns and colors. And I even have enough fabric left over to make something else fun…perhaps an improv quilt like Elizabeth?

I will be working on the back this week…still throwing around ideas in my head. I’m not sure how to quilt it either, any suggestions? I do need to get to the store to buy batting today. The snowpocalypse is on the way to Chicago and I’m getting excited for a potential 18+ inches of snow!

A Few of My Favorite Things

Fall Flower Detail

Linen…Wool Felt…Katie Jump Rope. In a spurt of sewing today, they all came together and became this small fall pillow. This was so fun to make and I have a *lot* of wool felt. I definitely see more in my future, maybe for the shop? The only snag in that plan is that I love this linen, but it is a piece that Fabric.com accidentally sent me last year and I have no idea what it is! If only I could go to their warehouse and do some comparing in person. 🙂

Fall Flower

Far, Far Away II

I finished the Far, Far Away II quilt on Saturday. Yesterday my husband was a trooper and we packed up the kids, dog, and quilt to go take pictures in the rain. Luckily it was pretty wooded so we didn’t get too incredibly wet!

I’m pretty excited about how this one turned out. This quilt consists of three types of simple blocks. One set with 3″ centers, one set with 4.5″ centers and one set with 5.5″ centers. There are 42 in total, 14 squares from each of designer Heather Ross’s colorways.

The fabric is a linen blend so it is a bit heavier in weight than quilting cotton. I think this makes for a perfect fall quilt. I have visions of draping it over the kids on wagon rides once the temperatures cool off.

I wanted the back to be a soft palate and let the designs really be the main focus. After much deliberation, I settled on Kona Peach, Butter and Ash. The binding is Kona Ash as well.

Since the linen is not as soft as the fabric I normally work with, I decided to loosely quilt this with diagonal lines. Can you believe I’ve never done diagonal quilting (I think…)? I really like the look and will definitely be quilting more that way.

The final size is 42″ x 50″. I used Dream Cotton Request Loft batting, my usual.