At the December meeting of the Indy Modern Quilt Guild, I snagged a bundle of 6 fat quarters from Violet Craft's Madrona Road line as part of a Modern Quilt Guild challenge sponsored by Michael Miller Fabrics. The challenge rules were that the quilt or quilted item had to be completed by January 31, and only solids or other fabrics from the Madrona Road line could be added to complete the project.
I wanted to get the most out of the fat quarters, so I scrolled Inspire Me Grey's Quilts board on Pinterest to see if any of our favorite designs jumped out at me. Lo and behold, I rediscovered the Garden Ladder Lap Quilt pattern offered as a free download from Daisy Janie. The pattern uses 8 fat quarters, and I only got 6 from the challenge, so I supplemented the stack with the small floral prints in blue and grey -- and then I used those prints twice to make the quilt wider. I used Kona Ash on the back, and I quilted in the solid columns with 1/2 inch straight lines.
Having been torn instead of cut, my fat quarters were a smidge too small for the cutting requirements of the pattern, which meant that I had to order some additional fabric (from Hawthorne Threads, a favorite online fabric shop). And that meant I had enough for the binding and for an accent panel on the back. Plus I have more fabric left to use in other projects, so in the end it wasn't so terrible to have to buy more fabric. The finished size is approximately 46 x 49 inches.
I'm really pleased with how this quilt turned out, and I'm thrilled that I was able to finish it so quickly. I started cutting fabric on December 23 and finished the binding on January 24, so from start to finish it was just a hair over a month! I plan on keeping this one in the family, and I'm sure it will be well-loved in its new home. (Okay family, start guessing who's getting this quilt!)
|(I love a good binding roll.)|