Blogger’s Quilt Festival: Green Peek

I have loved looking through the collections of quilts in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival over at Amy’s Creative Side each year during Quilt Market. But for one reason or another, I never seem to get a post up to participate. This year, I am on the ball!

I am so proud and happy to share the Green Peek quilt in the Original Design category.

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This quilt utilizesĀ a block that I originally designed for Peek, which hung at Quiltcon 2015. I don’t usually like making repetitive or complicated blocks for quilts, but I became obsessed with this block and knew that I needed to see it in more colors and different layouts. It may look complicated, but beyond the skinny piecing, the block is surprisingly simple and fun to make. (Those tiny pieces aren’t fussy at all, but subcut during the process.)

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I knew that I wanted to make it a pattern and that I needed to have a quilt made with nothing but Peek blocks. I knew it would be a long process, and I took care to select fabric that I loved– greens, teals, and blues from Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics and Doe, along with Cotton + Steel basics and Kona Willow. The skinny piecing is Grid in Charcoal from Botanics. The accent block, which contains all of the shades of green and blue (plus one of my favorite shades of yellow), is from Anna Maria Horner’s Honor Roll collection.

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As my Instagram friends know, I chose a very time-consuming quilting pattern, matchstick free motion waves, in order to accentuate the design with texture. The skinny pieces are raised, and I just love running my hands over it. The thread is Aurifil Light Brass, and it plays off the gold metallic prints and the gold flowers in a way that just makes my eyes happy. With their cheerleading, I quilted the whole thing in one intense week.

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The reason why this quilt will forever hold a special place in my heart is because it is my very first self-published pattern. If you’d like to make some Peek blocks, or a whole quilt, the pattern is in my Etsy shop.

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Thank you for taking the time to visit and check out my quilt! I’m so excited to participate in the festival. Click through and take a look around at all of the inspiring quilts posted there.