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!  






25 Responses to A Spectacle Simplify Quilt

  1. Little Quiltsong July 10, 2018 at 3:39 am #

    Beautiful – and awesome quilting!! You did it beautifully!!

  2. Sue H July 10, 2018 at 7:04 am #

    I love the brights with the gray background. Always a winner in my book.

  3. Kathleen Boden July 10, 2018 at 8:15 am #

    I like everything about the quilt. Did you do the quilting on a domestic machine? The binding is nice and bright too.

    • Allison July 10, 2018 at 9:59 am #

      Thank you! Yes I quilted it on my regular sewing machine. :)

  4. Rebecca Barlow July 10, 2018 at 9:29 am #

    Beautifully done! The quilting looks great! How can the name of this quilt be even better than the actual quilt itself? It is!

  5. Rebecca Barlow July 10, 2018 at 9:31 am #

    Also…I want it! Give it to me! JK. I should probably lay off the sugar. ;)

    • Allison July 10, 2018 at 9:59 am #

      LOL! You and me both! Thank you!

  6. rl2b2017 July 10, 2018 at 9:45 am #

    Hi Allison,
    I love the name of your quilting pattern . . . and especially how it turned out. I think I could do that, too! It was definitely intentional, or at least it looks like it. I have been scared to use minky – but you may be encouraging me without even knowing it! Happy Tuesday! ~smile~ Roseanne

    • Allison July 10, 2018 at 10:00 am #

      Definitely give minky a shot! Just baste it a bit extra than you normally would and go slow…it’s actually not hard at all!

  7. Corie Greene July 10, 2018 at 4:29 pm #

    Love everything about this quilt: it is fun, colorful and the quilting is fresh and funky! Just adorable! I just finished a quilt with a minky backing and it was my first…it wasn’t double sided but I found it not too bad for slipping or shredding/pilling…so relieved! Anyway, I would definitely do it again. Love your quilt…so sweet! I may have to put this one on my list for one of my grandsons!

    • Allison July 11, 2018 at 9:13 am #

      I’m so glad you found minky easy-ish to work with! They are the quilts my kids use the most!

  8. Christy Leonard July 10, 2018 at 4:50 pm #

    ok, I have a question… for the quilting-what color thread(s) did you use for top and the bobbin? I feel stupid sometimes not knowing the best thing to do

    • Allison July 11, 2018 at 9:13 am #

      For this quilt I matched the background fabric and used a light gray thread I already had…and the bobbin was white (because I was too lazy to change it). The thread disappears into the minky so you can’t see it anyways. :)

  9. Helen LeBrett July 10, 2018 at 7:46 pm #

    Love this quilt, and I love the quilting: The spikey, hot mess doesn’t look like a hot mess after all! I like it! I”ll have to remember that one when I’m doing a boy’s quilt! Hugs, H

  10. Carla Kennedy July 11, 2018 at 1:48 pm #

    Awesome quilt and I love the spikey hot mess as you say quilting.. I’ve sewn with minky only a couple of times and I’ve had issues because of my inexperience. thanks for sharing this quilt with us

    • Allison July 13, 2018 at 2:51 pm #

      It does take a bit of practice but I always love the result! Thanks for visiting!

  11. Anne July 19, 2018 at 4:50 pm #

    Allison, thanks for being so generous and helpful to all of us. I love your patterns and you have caused me to break my resolution not to buy more patterns–can’t help myself with your great designs.

    • Allison July 23, 2018 at 10:36 pm #

      What a sweet compliment Anne…I promise not to make you break your resolution again at least for a little while!! ;)

  12. Marian Stever July 24, 2018 at 12:28 pm #

    Hi Allison! Your quilts make me happy!!! I especially like Baby Sophie’s Hourglass pink quilt. So lovely. Keep on keepin’ on! You are so inspiring!

  13. Patricia Charles July 25, 2018 at 9:14 pm #

    Hi my name is Patricia. I have just subscribed. Thank you for your inspirational thoughts and helping me see that quilting is fun, if you let it. I have only just started just over a year ago and love it.

  14. Jennifer Davis July 27, 2018 at 7:18 am #

    Thank you so much, Allison, for sharing your beautiful quilts! My mom and I have been quilting together for a several years now. We just finished making quilts for all of the grandkids-6 total. Each quilt is a different pattern, and your Simplify pattern was hands-down our favorite! It went together beautifully and looks stunning! Thanks again!!

    • Allison July 27, 2018 at 1:40 pm #

      Oh wow that’s so fun! What an amazing gift for all the grandkids!

  15. Kendall August 4, 2018 at 7:45 am #

    Your blog is one of my favorites. I’ve had a lot of trial and error since I started quilting almost 11years ago. I’m mostly self taught through tutorials and YouTube.

  16. Hettie Pringle November 16, 2018 at 8:07 pm #

    Finally finished my Simplify quilt. Loved every moment of the process.

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