How fun to be invited by Sara from Sew Sweetness to take part in the Tula Pink Sew Along! You can see who else is taking part here and see the great projects you've missed. If you're not familiar with Tula Pink and the fabric and the patterns ... you can catch up on the Tula Pink website.
I chose to make Shattered Glass from the book Quilts from the House of Tula Pink. When I saw Shattered Glass, the image of how ice looks when you're skating on the lake in Minnesota popped into my head. The randomness of the blocks was very intriguing. I've been saving the blue toile fabric from the Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop a few years ago with the hope of making a blue and white quilt someday. Someday finally arrived!
It was hard limiting the fabric selection to 10! Or maybe I can't count because I had a lot more than that in my stack. But I wanted that range in color you get with ice ... white to gray to blue. I spent part of a day cutting the pieces so that when I had time to sit down and sew I wouldn't have to stop. Glad I did because it was a lot easier to mix and match the pieces ... great advice for when you want a very random look ... have everything ready to go. It's too easy to get very matchy otherwise.
I couldn't have made this project without the help of the Folded Corner Clipper! We just got them in to the store and they are such a time saver. Every piece of background in this quilt has at least three corner flips on it. I'm not great at marking a line diagonally and sewing next to it. To use the tool, you line up your fabric square with the corner of the background fabric ... match up the tool lines according to the size of the square ... then slice off the corner with your rotary cutter. It has the 1/4" seam allowance built in. You can see how to use it here ... scroll down a little bit to the middle of the blog post.
If you don't have this tool, you can line up the raw edges of your square with your background fabric ... right sides together of course ... and then draw a digaonal line on the square. I used a Frixxion pen to do that because it'll iron out. Next ... lay your rotary ruler so that the 1/4" line lies on top of the line you just drew. Cut along that edge and you have your seam allowance and a clean cut ... ready to head to the sewing machine!
Chain piecing ... another time saver! Set your machine in the 'needle down' position so that you can keep feeding that fabric through. I worked in segments for each block and would do the piecing in that group and then assemble that section. It seemed easier to me to organize myself this way.
The construction of this quilt takes a little getting used to. However ... it just takes making a block or two to get the hang of it. I kept my book open to the right page, though, because I was usually making a block and then running off to do something else. Also ... so that I wouldn't waste time trying to arrange the blocks perfectly, as soon as I completed one, I joined it to the next block. I didn't want it to look planned ... I kept thinking about how broken ice looks.
One thing about the book ... it was well organized with lots of technique intructions. I liked that she took her graph pad sketches and used them for the layout of the blocks. There's quilting advice for the projects, too ... I found that helpful because like anyone else ... I want my project to look just like the picture!
I hate to waste fabric so sewed up all of the cut off corners. There's enough to make pillows or a table topper. Many of them I sewed as leaders and enders when I started and finished chain piecing a section of the quilt. A lot easier to do them at one time than to try to find the time to get to the stack later!
The blocks are massive ... I stopped at six ... the book calls for nine blocks for a lap quilt. If I stop now, I'll make this into a table quilt ... but it would also work as a baby quilt. However ... I'm thinking of making the last row the pattern called for ... then adding one more row along the side and bottom to make it bigger. I'm toying with die cutting some snowflakes and raw-edge stitching them when it's quilted. I haven't decided if I'll attempt to quilt it myself on my Sashiko machine or send it out. I'd like to see some cracking and snowflakes in the quilting design, too. Decisions decisions! I need to decide now though because Winter's coming soon and I want to use it!
I love how wintery this quilt looks ... it's exactly how I hoped it would turn out!