Hello Friends! How many of you are familiar with the quarterly Quilt Trends magazine? It is a fun one if you aren’t familiar with the publication. My Manhattan quilt is featured in the latest Quilt Trends Fall 2013 issue.
The quilt has the sophisticated look of cosmopolitan Manhattan, but the construction is not that sophisticated. You see, part of the quilt center is a very very clever panel print from Benartex’s Cosmopolitan fabric collection shown below. See how cool it is?
I was tasked with coming up with a design that uses that panel print! So I added the template pieced triangles, and a few borders for an overall asymmetrical quilt design.
I like that this quilt can be displayed various ways – so, make sure you audition how you would like it displayed before attaching your hanging sleeve. Though not shown in the following schematics, the border pieces of the actual quilt sample are mitered. That was my first time (ever!) doing a miter corner all by myself. It was nerve-wrecking at first, but after all was said and done, it wasn’t too traumatic.
Quilting was radiating straight line quilting over randomly quilted circles. Quilting was done using Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting. For those who feel self conscious about being able to quilt only straight lines, DON’T — why should you? Sometimes with a bit of clever manipulation of your straight lines (like I have done with the radiating effect by varying the angles between lines) and simple geometric shapes, you can still quilt something interesting, eye-catching and fun! Click here to see how I normally quilt my simple geometric shapes.
So, you are wondering what fabric collection I used for the quilt. It is Cosmopolitan from Benartex. Click here to view the full fabric range. I love that two other colorways (blue and yellow) are offered in addition to the lime green.
Quilt Trends is offering the pattern instructions as a free download on their website. Click here to download.
I hope you have enjoyed my Manhattan quilt. If you know me, you know this doesn’t look like my usual style. But I do like to challenge myself to get out of my box from time to time. And in the world of quilting, I can always go back to my comfortable little box easily enough.
Happy Monday, and I hope you have a lovely week!
In case you have missed my other 2013 official features etc….
Annie’s Love Those Precuts Book (January 2013): Apple of My Eye
Annie’s Sweet Layer Cakes Book (April 2013): Sunburst Melody
Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Spring 2013): Baubles, Baubles
Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2013): Curious Cats
Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2013): Fabrique Foursome
Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Fall 2013): Interlock
Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting (March/April 2013): Now I know my ABC’s
Machine Quilting Unlimited (March/April 2013): Quilting Curvy Feathers
QUILT (June/July 2013): Color Burst
QUILT (June/July 2013): Pattern Play
QUILT (August/September 2013): Enchanted Forest
QUILT (October/November 2013): Rise & Shine
Quilt-it…today (July/August 2013): Yay Day
Quilt Trends (Winter 2013, Cover Quilt): Tango
Quilts and More (Spring 2013): 2 Wishes
Quilts and More (Spring 2013): Watercolor Sketches
Quilter’s World (February 2013): New Life
Quilter’s World (April 2013): Monkey Around
Quilter’s World (Summer 2013): Garden Mist
Quilter’s World (Autumn 2013): Christmas Cheer
Quilter’s World (Autumn 2013): Quilty Christmas Ornaments
Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): In & Out
Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): Garden Maze
Simple Quilts & Sewing (Spring 2013): Stained Glass
The Quilter (December 2012/January 2013): Not Too Square
The Quilter (April/May 2013): In the Meadow
The Quilter (August/September 2013): Rising Stars, Cover Quilt
Benartex Free Pattern (March 2013): Pumpkin Patch/Autumn Fauna
Benartex Free Pattern (March 2013): Flora Linda/Catalina
Benartex Free Pattern (June 2013): Birds on a Wire using Let’s Tweet
Benartex Free Pattern (July 2013): Silver Lining using Urban Oasis
Benartex (August 2013): The Gallery using Floral Philosophy
Lecien Free Pattern, Lynette Anderson (April 2013): Forest Floor/Wildflower Wood
Lecien Free Pattern, Lynette Anderson (September 2013): Country Stars/Mending Fences
Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (January 2013): Mediterranean Dream
Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (February 2013): Butterfly Kisses
Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (June 2013): Simply Sweet using lief!Lifestyle
Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (July 2013): Rooster Royale
RJR Fabrics Free Pattern (May 2013): Nature’s Harmony/Silent Harmony
RJR Fabrics Free Pattern (May 2013): Tied with a Bow/A Gingerbread Christmas