I have another quilt finish that I'm excited to share with you. This one has been done for quite a while (the time stamp on my photos is for June 2013!). It took me some time to decide to finally share this one since I wasn't sure for the longest time whether or not I would release this as a pattern. I decided that I might as well post the photos, and if I develop the pattern further in the future, all the better. :)
Just like my "Made in Echo" quilt, "Bella" is made with Lotta Jansdotter fabric, this time from the Bella fabric collection. As I'm typing these sentences I'm realizing just how hard it is to name quilts! I thought of about a million different names for this one (just a touch of hyperbole), but in the end none of them seemed to be A.) not taken already or B.) right for this design. Bella seemed like it fit pretty well since that was the working name that I originally gave this quilt, so it sort of stuck.
Even though I am sure there are lots of other Bella quilts out there, I'm going with this for now, though please feel free to suggest names for me if you like! :)
Anyways, for this quilt I wanted to create something really bold and graphic. As kind of a fun design exercise, I was looking to find a way to strip the composition down to its most basic, essential components--while still having plenty of interest and movement.
In the end, I decided to create a strong focal point and set it just off-center on a fairly basic background. I really like the play back and forth between the strong, framed boxes and the open, asymmetrical background. To me it seems to add energy and movement to the quilt design, and that feels just right for a fun baby quilt.
In my fabric stash, I also seem to have quite a few large-scale prints that I absolutely love, but still find more difficult to incorporate into many quilt designs. For Bella, I wanted to find a way to showcase those kinds of fabrics while still keeping a sense of balance and simplicity in the design. The framed boxes were a good solution for that. I can think of many more fabric pairings and collections in my stash that I would love to try out with this design, especially some of my Anna Maria Horner and Tula Pink fabrics.
I've also decided to enter this quilt into the Fall 2014 Blogger's Quilt Festival, hosted by Amy of Amy's Creative Side. This festival was just the push I needed to get my photos edited and put into a post, so I'm thankful for the added motivation! :) I decided to go for the Original Design category (although this one would certainly be at home in the Modern Quilts group too). You can check out all the other entries and read up on the festival here.
Pattern: Original design
Size: 40" x 40"
Fabrics: Bella by Lotta Jansdotter, IKEA (backing)
Batting: Pellon Nature’s Touch 80/20 Batting
Quilted by: Me