I’ve been eyeing up the single Girl pattern by Denyse Schmidt for quite some time. Recently perusing the flickr quilts pools I saw this beauty by the ever so talented Nova and decided it was time to make the plunge and try some curved hand piecing. I bought the pattern but I made a promise to myself not to start anything new until I finished the three quilts I have in a pile waiting to be quilted and bound. Then they went ahead and announced a quilt-a-long. So that is definitly the universe giving me an out to start just one more project right? I mean come on, totally a free pass!
Last year, Ben bought me this collection for my birthday. I was also 9 months pregnant and every gift I got from everyone else was for the baby. He knew I’d fallen in love with these and ordered me the entire collection, the entire collection of flannels and a bundle of studio scraps. Am I lucky or what? Seriously, if he wasn’t asleep right now I’d go hug him and thank him again:) I went ahead later and bought the Pastry Stripes in half yards to round it out (swoon).
So I’ve been waiting for something special to showcase the prints. My intention has always been to make something for our bed so it’ll be a queen size on Kona Coal for the background. Ben’s only request was for something a little darker than the duvet covers we’ve had in the past. I think this will be perfect, the colors will really pop, yet its not too feminine.He lets me decorate, so I try not to let it get too girly (unlike the rest of our house). He lives with Willow and I and our two female cats, poor thing, because all four of us get moody occasionally (muhaha). Nova did an amazing version of this quilt,no I mean seriously look. Her version has totally inspired me to use these little gems with a darker backing fabric (something I don’t usually do)
My only concern at this point is how the voile will behave. I’ve never sewn with voiles and I’ve only sewn cotton lawns a few times so I’m not entirely sure how this will compare to making a quilt with the standard weight cottons. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated, leave me a comment if you’ve got some advice. I thought briefly of stabilizing the bits of voiles that would make comprise the rings but I can’t really bear the thought of doing that to such lovely fabric. I can’t wait to start the quilt along, my bed already looks lonely without this quilt on it!