While most folks involved in the quilting industry are currently enjoying Quilt Market in Houston this weekend, some of us remain home...sewing! However, one of my quilts is on display there, so I am feeling anything but left out. This is the third Quilt Market in a row that I have designed a quilt to show off a new fabric collection for Island Batik. It's a real honour to have a design accepted by this premier fabric company.
The collection I chose to work with is called "Forget Me Not", designed by Kathy Engle. As you can see from this flat lay, it's a collation of sparkling blues and yellows. The entire collection is here.
My design features interlocking friendship stars, with the blues shining in the foreground and the yellows twinkling in between.
A pretty soft blue was used to make swags in the border. I turned the edges under, and machine appliqued them using Aurifil monofilament clear.
|"Sweet Dreams" photographed in an antique cradle owned by Beth Munroe, Amherst, N.S.
For the actual quilting, I used Aurifil 40 weight thread in colours matched to the fabrics. Hobbs Tuscany wool batting was chosen to add loft. All stitching is done on my domestic Bernina 440.
Finished, the quilt measures 46" x 46". As usual, I owe a big thank you to Cheryl Coville for her technical editing of the instructions.
The pattern for "Sweet Dreams" is available on my website, as an instant download here, and (as always) at Mrs Pugsley's Emporium. If you are a shop owner, the pattern is distributed in the US by Island Batik; Canadian shops may order wholesale directly from me.Island Batik booth to see this in person. "Forget-Me-Not" is available for pre-order now, and will begin shipping to stores in February 2020. After Sweet Dreams leaves the booth, it will spend the next year travelling in a trunk show to quilt shops across the U.S., before returning back home to Nova Scotia.