In Quarryville, PA, there’s an awesome dry goods store. It is simply called “Goods.” They sell everything from clothing, to garden seeds, to toys, to greeting cards, to canning kettles and jars . . . and fabric. Much of the fabric is flat folds for about $4 per yard. My mother-in-law took me shopping at Good’s over a year ago, and I picked up red, blue, and brown tonals as well as some shirtings and backing fabric. On a whim, I also bought about a yard of the fabric pictured below.
It just looked interesting; I had no idea how I would use it.
Turns out it is the exact colors Sarah decorates her living room with. (Hubby will officiate at Sarah and Jordan’s wedding in late October). I decided to use the fabric to make them a wall quilt as a wedding gift.
Since the print is large scale, it works well as the center of a huge patchwork block. Juxtaposing red and orange draws out both colors of the print and adds a bold shading effect. I just needed small doses of the brown since it is so dark. “Four Patches” will fit the bill nicely.
Before sewing the block together, I experimented with the placement of the triangles.
Both are viable options, don’t you think??
I opted for the diamond effect.
After adding a print border, I’m happy to say there are only a few scraps leftover. That’s the goal of a fabric resolution . . . use it up!
I quilted a spikey-spiral freehand design and bound the quilt with a brown tone-on-tone fabric. I attached a hanging sleeve to the back of the quilt, so at 47″ square it can be used as a wall quilt or a sofa quilt.
Psssst! A variation of this design idea will be published in McCall’s Quilting magazine next spring!