Last week I shared a blog post showcasing my “Wiggling Quilt” from the book “Modern One-Block Quilts” and it kicked off a quilt pattern book review blog post series! Who doesn’t love a good blog series?! If you want to read about the fun and quirky book “Modern One-Block Quilts” and see cute pictures of an adorable baby girl floral quilt, click here!
Today’s stop on the Quilt Book Review Series is a book that has been around for a little while but will always be a winner in my eyes! My mom got Simply Retro by Camille Roskelley a few years ago and I have been looking through these beautiful patterns ever since! I’ve actually made FOUR baby quilts already from patterns in this amazing book, so you can definitely say I got my money’s worth! (That is a joke since I stole my mom’s book… thanks mom, you’re the best!)
If you are a quilter, I am sure you know that there are myriad ways to obtain an awesome quilt pattern, but not all are the same quality!
I have been through phases where I was too thrifty to purchase patterns and chose to only make quilts if I could find a FREE pattern for it. This method actually introduced me to some of my favorite quilt patterns, but it also resulted in a handful of headaches. The thing about free patterns is that there is often far less thought, effort, and testing that goes into those patterns. This is not always the case, but I ran into a couple doozies that required me to waste fabric and do my own quilt math, which did not thrill me.
I want to tell you about a great, thrifty, way to get really awesome quilt patterns: Quilting Books!
This blog post will outline a review of the book “Modern One-Block Quilts” by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting (published by C&T Publishing). The book comes complete with 22 different patterns in 3 different sizes (baby, twin, and queen) — that’s 66 variations for one low price, costing less than a couple yards of fabric!
I recently finished making this pink-loving baby girl Misty Mountains Quilt. I did baby size which finished at 36″ x 36″.
The pattern for this quilt is called Misty Mountains and it is written by Eliane of @patchworkandpoodles. You can purchase the pattern here.
This quilt is unique in that it is the first one I’ve ever made where I did a mock-up of the exact fabric colors before cutting into the fabric at all!
To do this mock-up design, I used the colors from Art Gallery Fabric’s PURE Solids collection and just played around with colors until I found something I couldn’t NOT make.
While the design is not quite perfect or a to-scale version of the actual quilt pattern, it gave me a good idea as to how the fabrics and colors will play out once in the design.
One quilt pattern, yet so many options!
I want to share with you my experience making the First Gift Quilt.
I recently made this super fun quilt that I couldn’t help but write up a little pattern review. You can purchase this pattern on Lo & Behold’s website HERE.
Brittany from @Loandbeholdstitchery created this pattern based on a quilt her grandmother had given to her when she was a baby. Talk about some beautiful history!
I did both my traditional and modern versions with fabrics by PaintBrush Studio. You can purchase them through Pineapple Fabrics for really good prices! See the photo captions to know exactly which colors I chose. The colors I used for the traditional quilt are: Sky, Haze, Revel, Aluminum, and Abyss, and the colors I used for he modern quilt are: White, Pale Silver, Poseidon, Pale Aqua, and Abyss.
The things I love about this pattern are that it looks way more complex than it is, and can look drastically different based on what you do with it! There are so many possibilities and Brittany really knows how to break down each step for you. She even made the pattern into strip-pieced sections to save SO MUCH TIME. Seriously, the way she streamlines quilt piecing is amazing!
Last week I whipped together a slightly-altered version of the Boho Mod Quilt pattern by @MeeshQuilts. My alterations included making it scrappy and changing up the borders so I could use the fabrics that I had, even when I didn’t have the right amounts. To see other color variations of this awesome quilt pattern, check out #bohomodquilt on Instagram.
Piecing this top was super quick; it came together in just a few hours! I loved getting to use my scraps because I really felt like it is a very no-waste way to quilt. Using up fabric scraps is great, especially when they look this amazing together like all these beautiful solids from @pbsfabrics! The colors in this quilt include White, Amber, Bubble Gum, Coral, Maize, Pale Aqua, Poseidon, River, and Verbena.
If you are just learning how to quilt, you likely do not have many scraps yet, but once you get a few quilts accomplished, you’ll soon have a major stash of fabric scraps that would be perfect to use on this pattern! Sidenote: this pattern is also Jelly Roll friendly!