A Spectacle Simplify Quilt

Simplify Quilt Pattern, a simple jelly roll quilt in 5 sizes

Happy July!!     I made this quilt as a tester when I was writing my Simplify pattern, and thanks to my big kids being at “cousin camp” last week, I had some time to finish it up!  

Simplify Quilt Pattern, a simple jelly roll quilt in 5 sizes

Simplify Quilt Pattern, a simple jelly roll quilt in 5 sizes

The fabrics are Cotton and Steel, mostly a selection of these whimsical prints from the line Spectacle with a few prints from my stash thrown in.   The background is Kona cotton in Pewter.  

I had a really old cut of double sided minky in the perfect color to back this with.  It’s so soft and slippery it can be a pain to work with, but nothing a big can of basting spray and a few pins can’t tame.  

Simplify Quilt Pattern, a simple jelly roll quilt in 5 sizes

I started quilting this with random free motion…without any plan or thought to the design.  A few blocks in I panicked that I had ruined the quilt (it looked like a spiky hot mess), but I pressed on, and after I was finished I actually kind of liked it.  

I call this design “spiky-hot-mess-no-plan-quilting”.  The fluffy minky makes it look kind of cool on the back.  Let’s pretend it was intentional. 

Simplify Quilt Pattern, a simple jelly roll quilt in 5 sizes

Because I know I’ll get asked, yes I used batting, and here is a post I did years ago about basting and quilting with this double sided minky.  Sometimes I skip the batting or use a piece of flannel, but I love the weight with batting after it’s washed. 

Simplify Quilt Pattern, a simple jelly roll quilt in 5 sizes

The pattern for this quilt is the crib size of Simplify…still at the top of my favorite patterns to make!  

 

 

 

 

 

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Choosing Low Volume Fabrics

Choosing Low Volume Fabrics

I had so many questions about choosing low volume fabrics after I shared my last few patterns, I wrote up a post about them!   

Low volume (or low value as they should be called?) fabrics add so much character to a quilt, especially when mixed together like I did in the background of these quilts: 

Color Pop, Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern in 5 sizes

Color Pop Quilt

Going Up Quilt Pattern

Going Up Quilt

I used up the majority of my low volume stash when I was making my quilts, but I pulled a few of my remaining prints to show you the variety I buy:  

How to Choose Low Volume Fabrics

I buy fabrics with white, off white, or gray backgrounds, with small gray, black, or taupe prints.  If you look back at my quilts, you’ll notice that having a variety of white, off white, and light gray makes the background look more scrappy.  It makes it more interesting to look at!

I use a lot of dots, text prints, stripes, graphic prints, music, and any near solid prints. I don’t use many colors because I feel like they can detract from the color prints in the pattern…but it depends on the pattern.  

Here’s a handful of low volume fabrics I found at Fat Quarter Shop that I loved after doing a quick search: 

How to Choose Low Volume Fabrics

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

If the links are broken it probably means they sold out, but a great way to find low volume prints is by searching their Background section, Black and White, Text, and Dots.   Also Dear Stella makes some of my favorite low volume fabrics ever. 

My preferred way of buying low volume fabric is in fat quarter bundles.  Etsy has a great variety…I found lots of great ones by searching “low volume fabric bundles”

How to Choose Low Volume Fabrics

These light prints can be really hard to purchase online because it’s so hard to see the prints on the screen…so if you are lucky enough to have a quilt shop close by, low volumes are best to buy in person!  

 

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Color Pop

Color Pop, Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern in 5 sizes

  Today I get to share my Color Pop quilt…and it’s definitely a pop of color!  

This one is a jelly roll pattern in 5 sizes, and also uses some neutral low volume background fat quarters.  

Color Pop, Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern in 5 sizes

Aren’t these white flowers so beautiful?!  I cut them from a PeeGee hydrangea tree in our yard.  It’s so beautiful overflowing with these flowers the whole month of May, we call it our pom-pom tree.  

I used a jelly roll of the Tula Pink All Stars Coordinates for this quilt.  The colors and dots/stripes are perfection

Color Pop, Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern in 5 sizes

Kaitlyn quilted this with this modern geometric pattern.  I love the density of the quilting on a simple quilt like this. 

Color Pop, Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern in 5 sizes

I pieced the back of this quilt with some purple pieces of my Hello Jane fabric line and the binding is from the All Stars coordinates collection. 

Color Pop, Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern in 5 sizes

This pattern is in my shop here as a PDF, or here as a paper pattern.  

Color Pop, Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern in 5 sizes

Thank you for being patient with all of my new pattern posting…and happy quilting!

 

 

 

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