I was honoured to have been asked by Benartex Fabrics to create a quilt with one of their new lines. I chose Mabon by Shelley Cavanna of Cora's Quilts. It makes me think of Morocco, spices and heat with its rich colours. I kept thinking Boho as I worked with the fabrics, and it's not too hard to see the small leap to Bohemian Rhapsody.
This is the third time I've made my Pockeful of Sunshine pattern. Why is it that we designers like to remake our patterns? I do not know, but I really do! Not so with books; I rarely re-read them, even favourites, but patterns? Yes. This pattern sews up super-fast, and would make a quick comfort or baby quilt.
Benartex supplied the fabrics for this lovely lap-size quilt.
The pattern is available in my Etsy store, for a limited time at the $6CA price because I am rewriting it, getting it edited, and then re-releasing it so it looks more professional. This was the very first pattern I wrote and published.
You can make this quilt in the size in the pattern with just one charm pack, a little yardage, and a few extra squares cut from that yardage, or you can make it a bit bigger, as I did, with two charm packs or a 10" stacker.
It's a wonderful way to use 5" charms; you don't have to cut them at all. I like that! I wanted to see what a scrappy look would be like with this line...
as opposed to the light to dark effect I did in both previous versions, which I did try with this charm pack too! Shelley did two colourways, a cool one and a warm one, so you could even flow within those two colourways from dark to light. Lots of possibilities. With lots of sunny yellows, you could also do the ray of sunshine layout I did on the pattern cover.
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Then I realized some of the charms were the same fabric as the sashing and that didn't work. More shuffling ensued, and a few more charms cut from the 10" stack. This is the first project I sewed upstairs in my new sewing room, with the design wall carefully folded (it is four 2x8' styrofoam sheets)and propped against one wall.
My Bernina is still on the main floor in the IKEA dressers hack drop-in desk MacGyver fashioned for me years ago. It will be there for a little while longer I think, as we wait to purchase the new IKEA cabinets. I plan to replace those 30-year-old IKEA dressers. So I sewed this on my '47 Featherweight, Billie, perched on a corner of the cutting table/pressing station. Not all of my stuff was moved up here at that time either. Now I have my Singer 15-91 in its desk up here, so Billie perches on top of it at present.
Once the flimsy was done I texted Dayna a photo.
She loved it and so did I!
Quilting took place immediately, and I kept it simple, unlike the first two versions, where I used the squares to do a variety of FMQ, ruler work, dot to dot designs. On this girl, I did a relaxing fairly large meander, not paying attention to sashing or squares. I used Essential 100% cotton 50 wt 'Custard' from Connecting Threads. (affiliate link) I used a royal blue Essential to piece the quilt.
I remember Angela Walters saying one of her favourite colours to use over an entire quilt top is a pale yellow, and I am really pleased with it. This thread glides through both Avril, my Avanté, and my Bernina. It's every so slightly thicker than Aurifil 50 wt. Did you see that Connecting Threads is giving you 20% off your entire order? It ends tonight so don't hesitate.
I did stitch in the ditch on both sides of the inner border. In the outer border I did a flower and leaves design.
Yes I did a flanged binding. I'd actually cut the binding strips when I cut the inner and outer borders, being all prepared. Then the quilt whispered how much it would like a flanged binding, so I obliged. Good thing I had a little extra purple fabric!
Of course I had to do the photo shoot at the end of my street, on Lake Erie's shore.
I haven't done a shot of a quilt in a tree for a while, so I had to in this giant sentinel in 'my' lot's front west corner.
Here is a straight-on shot back at my house.
Here is the back,
and a look at the flanged binding, front and back.
And one last 'ahh!' shot.
Pattern: Original design
Size: 49 1/2" x 55 1/2"
Fabric: Mabon by Shelley Cavanna for Benartex
Backing: as for front
Batting: Fairfield 80/20 cotton/polyester (quilted and washed up beautifully)
Quilted: on Avril my Avanté; 43 928 stitches
Threads: pieced with Essential on Billie my 1947 Featherweight; quilted with Essential 50 wt, The Bottom Line in the bobbin.
One: I will give a copy of this pattern to THREE readers. To win, tell me in the comments below one good thing that has come of this awful time we are experiencing. For me, Friday night when I badly needed something light and humorous, it was sitting in bed with my darling husband, who acquiesced, and watched an episode of Schitt's Creek with me. That show kills me. How I love it. We do not have a TV in our bedroom; we do not watch TV in bed, so this was on my MacBook, which he hates peering at, so it was extra meaningful as you see. My regular readers/followers on Insta know another magical good thing for me is walking my dog 'with' my grandson who lives 3000 km away from me. Six days in a row. He said he was taking the weekend off! Be sure to leave your email in your comment if you are a no-reply blogger; otherwise I will have to draw another name. On Wednesday, March 25, I will have my grandson choose three numbers from the number of total comments.
Giveaways! Now closed.
If your name is drawn and you've already bought it I will give you the option of being reimbursed, or picking a different pattern. As I mentioned before, this was the first pattern I published, and it's not as polished as my more recent ones, so that is why it is only $6CA. I am in the process of redoing it, and then I'll re-release it, at which time it will go to $10, so you may want to snag a copy now. I made this quilt from my pattern as yet another test and it's all good!
Two: Benartex is having an ahhh-mazing giveaway, running on Facebook and Instagram 3/14 through 3/27.
Grand prize: an Ever Sewn sewing machine!!
TWO First prizes: THREE precut fabric bundles (one winner each on FB and Insta)
TWO Second prizes: one precut fabric bundles (one winner each on FB and Insta)
I hope you've been visiting the other stops on this hop! See below for the schedule and links. Be sure to head to Shelley's blog today to see all the beautiful quilts she's created with her new line. You may find yourself picking up one of her lovely patterns!
Here are all the designers/bloggers in the hop.
Pat Sloan – https://www.patsloan.com/
by Annie - https://www.byannie.com/
Debby Kratovil - https://debbykratovilquilts.
Modern Quilt Studio - https://www.modernquiltstudio.
Charisma Horton - http://charismascorner.com/
Amanda Murphy - https://blog.
Andy Knowlton – http://www.abrightcorner.com/
Shelley Cavanna - https://www.corasquilts.com/
Sandra Walker - https://www.mmmquilts.com/
Wendy Sheppard - https://ivoryspring.wordpress.
Cherry Guidry - https://www.
Nancy Halvorsen - http://www.arttoheart.com/
Nancy Scott - http://masterpiecequilting.
Heidi Pridemore - https://www.
Christa Watson - https://christaquilts.com/
Lisa Ruble - https://lovetocolormyworld.
Stay well my dear friends. PLEASE STAY HOME. READ THIS PLEA FROM A DOCTOR NOW! ONE, NOT 10, NOT 50,
is the safest number to congregate, he says. We may be able to make more ventilators but WE CANNOT JUST MAKE MORE DOCTORS. And the drain on them and on the nurses, who do the majority of the heavy lifting, as he says, is catastrophic if we don't stay isolated.
One thing about us quilters is that we do spend a lot of solitary time in our sewing rooms. Use FaceTime, WhatsApp to keep in touch. I've limited my news to one article and five minutes per day to help me to stay calm. Zoom is a terrific app I downloaded yesterday so that my little Ashtanga yoga group could do a Led Primary Series practice. Our teacher called the poses, and we were all on the screen in little video squares, sweating our butts off, and finding inner calm. So many Live Instagram events happening! I watched one on Youtube last night with Chris Martin of Coldplay (LOVE!) do a #togetherathome concert. He uploaded it afterwards, which is what I've done with my Yin yoga classes I've done this past week. I'll keep doing them, Tuesday and Thursday 6-7 am EST and then uploading them to my Youtube channel.