I am not a quilter…I made a quilt for my mother a few years ago, and it took me 9 months to finish! So, when the lovely folks at Kollabora contacted me a few weeks ago and asked if I would like to receive a fat quarter bundle of Dear Stella fabric, and post some photos of my project here and on their site, I almost said no. I mean, I mostly make clothes, and what would I make with a bunch of fat quarters? BUT…you all know I am on a fabric fast, so the lure of free fabric turned out to be too much for me 🙂 Plus I LOVE Dear Stella, I think their prints are fabulous, and so unique. I think it would be wonderful if they would print some of their designs on apparel weight fabric (I have already bugged them about it, ha). So I said yes, and figured I would make some little things for around the house: coasters, hot pads, oven mitts, and maybe a couple of pillow covers. But somehow when I took a trip to Joann’s to buy some supplies, I ended up coming home with quilt batting instead…I was going to make a quilt in less than 2 weeks! When my last one took 9 months! Was I crazy? It turns out, no. I decided to keep it simple, and let the fabric be the star. And it came together without any drama!My inspiration for the design came from here. The prints are the Ravena collection from Dear Stella, from their site: “An enchanting mix of medallions, florals, stripes and paisleys, Ravena is reminiscent of vintage textiles and hand-stamped patterns from India.” I love the look of all these blues together.
The solid fabric is Robert Kaufman’s Essex yarn dyed linen/cotton in Denim, you can find it here. I had it in my stash to make pants but it looks very similar to the hemp/cotton denim that I used for these pants, so I decided to use it here instead. I do have enough left to make some shorts or a skirt though! For the binding I was going to use some store bought quilt binding, but it is kind of stiff and polyester-y, and I could make my own for the same price. Did you know you can get enough binding out of 1 yard of fabric to bind a queen size quilt? I chose one of the Ravena prints, and used this tutorial for making continuous binding. It was so quick and easy, much better than sewing each individual strip together!For the back I purchased some solid Dear Stella fabric in navy, and pieced it with a strip of the prints. I really like how it turned out, I think I like the back as much as the front! For the actual quilting I just sewed straight lines, 3 inches apart. Easy and quick! I wanted to stay away from any dense quilting, partly because I was short on time but also because I wanted it to stay really soft and snuggly. I made this to keep on our couch, I am always cold and it will be nice to have something to cover up with when we are watching movies 🙂 Also, our couch is looking kind of sad and old these days:It is quite faded, and really needs a new slipcover. I thought I could spruce it up a little with this project though, so I also made some pillows to match the quilt!Gah, I didn’t realize how wrinkly the slipcover is until I saw these pictures!
They are just simple envelope covers (tutorial here). I didn’t add any seam allowances, as I wanted a snug fit. I just serged the seams, which would be a 1/4″ seam on a regular machine. This was such a fast and easy project, and very satisfying results! It literally took me about 15 minutes per pillow, so fun. I added a little contrast strip to the envelope back, just to make them a bit nicer.Now that I know quilt making does not have to be such a long process I might make more! I would love to try one in all solids, and try some appliqué, like this one. But for now I have a couple little girl dresses to finish up, and then it’s back to sewing clothes for meeeeeeeeeee 🙂 See you soon!