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Can you believe that St. Patrick's Day is almost here? It's one of my favorite holidays and to celebrate I made a new fat quarter version of my Clover quilt. If you want to see the solid, three-tone version of the quilt head to that blog post here. Continue on if you want to dive into the Retro and funk-tactic Clover Quilt!
Carolyn Friedlander Cheering Warm Fat Quarter Bundle
If you are like me and don't have modern LQS (local quilt shop) you know how tricky it can be to pair fabrics together. As soon as I found Robert Kaufman's Palette Picks, it was a match made in heaven! Designers will pair together fabrics they love into smaller bundles and make them available for order. I snapped this lovely bundle up from Fat Quarter Shop. It's designed by Carolyn Friedlander in Cheering Warm tones. There are 12 fat quarters (18"x20" fabric pieces) in the bundle and my clover quilt calls for 15, so you may need to supplement from your stash a bit like I did. I wanted to a go off the beaten path and paired it with my favorite Bella Solid Cobalt also from Fat Quarter Shop!
To keep things a little fun but simple at the same time. I used the leftover portion of my backing fabric as the binding. If you aren't comfortable with machine binding yet, this is an easy trick I picked up to avoid noticeable topstitching inaccuracies.
I secure my binding strips (2.5" wide) to the back of the quilt first by machine and then roll the folded edge to the front of the quilt and machine top-stitch to the front of the quilt, using a thread color that blends with the binding and backing fabric. No one is the wiser to see how your stitching is on the back of the quilt, since we're all ogling over the quilt top any way :)
When selecting the Natural Moonglow by Ruby Star for the widleback, I knew I wanted something fun. It was a tough go figuring out how to keep it fun without overbearing. So when I came across the natural color way, which went well with the tans in the FQ bundle and played well with the Cobalt, I knew it was meant to be.
To be honest when I pulled all the fabrics for this quilt I knew it was going to be off the wall and funky. I LOVED it! Once I put the top together, I recognized it gave off a bit of a retro vibe and though the simple daisies pantograph was absolute perfection for the overall aesthetic. I went with a cream thread so it'd travel across all fabrics well and not really have a bright contrast on the cobalt fabric.
I’d love to see you put your own spin on the Clover Quilt Pattern – be sure to share your quilt on social media with the #MTCloverQuilt and #mtsew
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