Welcome! Today I get to share with you what I made as part of the Dear Diary fabric showcase.
When I think of Minki, I think of exquisite workmanship, beautiful photos and gorgeous sewing illustrations. She has a unique eye for design. Her adventurous creative spirit allows her to explore everyday life, and find the beauty in small moments. Her fabric collection is a lovely reflection of how Minki interprets the world around her.
The complete collection contains 21 prints. I chose to work with 12 and designed a sweet baby quilt perfect for any new addition.
Fussy Cut Centres
This quilt created a first for me in as much as it was the first time I have designed a quilt around a ‘fussy cut’ centre.
The fabric collection contains a Main panel featuring Minki’s lovely original hand-drawn illustrations with three different background options – off-white, pink or blue.
I chose to use the off-white and coordinated it with the Foxrain print, which makes for a gorgeous low volume background!
Dear Diary fabric contains the primary red, yellow and navy blue hues, as well as saturated pink, grey and light blue. I used all of the hues in this quilt, but you could also create a striking project by only focusing on either the darker or lighter hues. Or, perhaps narrowing the palette further and creating a monochrome palette such as red and pink, or navy and blue; and using either grey or white (or both) as the neutral throughout.
When it came time to quilt the top, I kept the quilting simple by stitching diagonal straight lines across the entire quilt. And to further emphasise the feature prints I stitched in the ditch around each feature print block.
The quilt top finished at 45-1/2-inches square. As this is slightly larger than the width of the fabric in the collection, this meant that a single print backing would require two lengths of 1-1/2 yards to be joined. Since only a narrow strip of that second length would be used, (creating a lot of leftover fabric), I chose to piece together a contrast feature strip that I inserted into a single 1-1/2 yard piece of Doodle Gray fabric instead. This gave the required width necessary for machine quilting, but was a little more economical.
A New Pattern – Dear Diary Quilt
Would you like to make your own Dear Diary quilt?
If you drop by the blog next week I will share how I made the first block, and the second block the week after :).
If you want to get organised ahead of time, you will need the following Dear Diary fabric:
- (9) 1/4 yard PATTERNED fabric
- (5) 6-1/2” square FUSSY CUT centres
- 1 yards (90cm) BACKGROUND fabric
- 1/2 yard (40cm) BINDING fabric
- 52 x 52-inch BATTING
- 3 yards (2.75m) BACKING fabric (or see my tip above for a more economical option ;).
- Aurifil – Dear Diary small thread box
- C&T Publishing – a hard copy of Sew Illustrated (if the winner is in the US) or a digital copy (if the winner is not in the US)
- Warm Crochet – a pair of scissors
don’t forget to check out all the fabulous makers below who are participating, and leave a comment on this post for your chance to win! (Winner announced 6/11/17)
ETA – Giveaway now closed.
Congratulations to Andrea M, who was comment number 9!
The Showcase Continues…
|Monday Oct 30||Samantha||@aqua_paisley|
|Tuesday Oct 31||Saija||@saija_elina|
|Wednesday Nov 1||Sue||@suedaleydesigns|
|Thursday Nov 2||Ayda||@cafenohut|
|Friday Nov 3||Alli||@woodberry_way|
I hope you enjoyed seeing what I made with Dear Diary, and feel inspired to make something cute with this new collection today :).
Dear Diary fabric is available now.
Thank you to Minki and RBD for including me in the showcase line-up; it’s been fun!