Quilting with Palm Canyon

Sunday, April 29, 2018

This month, Cotton Cuts, a monthly fabric subscription box, sent me a free Modern Maker box as part of their ambassador program! In exchange, I just had to make ANYTHING I wanted! Um....deal!

Baby quilt using Palm Canyon fabric by Violet Craft and Kona solids by Robert Kaufman



Each month you subscribe to Cotton Cuts, you get three one-yard cuts of fabric from a modern collection, an exclusive pattern, a spool of Aurifil thread, and a fun sewing pencil.

Cotton Cuts monthly fabric subscription box


In the box this month, I got one yard each of three different prints from Violet Craft's Palm Canyon collection for Robert Kaufman Fabrics, a spool of 50wt Aurifil thread in #2220 Light Salmon, a pencil that says "Don't dream it, sew it!", a cute quote printed on cardstock that could be framed that says, "Any day spent sewing is a good day," a block of the month pattern called "Plus," and a code to download a free pattern by Nicole Young of Lillyella Stitchery!

Palm Canyon fabric by Robert KaufmanPalm Canyon fabric by Robert KaufmanPalm Canyon fabric by Robert Kaufman


I hunted through my stash to see what would coordinate. I first tried a Robert Kaufman chambray from the Neon Neppy collection, but decided it was not quite as dark as I'd like.

Palm Canyon fabric by Robert Kaufman with Neon Neppy fabric


Next a tried a mottled gray fabric from my local quilt shop. Again, not a good fit.

Palm Canyon fabric by Robert Kaufman with mottled gray fabric


I re-read the ambassador rules and saw, "You are free to make any creative project of your choice - however we ask that you specifically only use the fabrics from that month's box combined only with solids." Solids! Of course! I hunted through my stash and picked out everything that coordinated with the main Palm Canyon print.

Palm Canyon fabric by Robert Kaufman with Kona solids


Definitely the direction I needed to go! Using my Kona color card, I identified the fabrics as:

Medium Pink
Pink
Creamsicle
Aqua
Ice Frappe
Breakers
Buttercup
Cactus
Silver

Next, I used my Electric Quilt program to test out a few different ideas.

Quilt design mock up by Slice of Pi Quilts using Palm Canyon and Kona fabrics
Quilt design mock up by Slice of Pi Quilts using Palm Canyon and Kona fabrics
Quilt design mock up by Slice of Pi Quilts using Palm Canyon and Kona fabrics


This is the sixth quilt I've made this month, so I decided it would be best to choose a simpler pattern for the quickest finish.

Quilt design mock up by Slice of Pi Quilts using Palm Canyon and Kona fabrics


I started by cutting (36) 6 1/2" squares from the solid fabrics and sewed them into (4) nine patch blocks using Aurifil 50wt thread #2324 Stone.

Nine patch blocks using Kona solids by Robert Kaufman


The colors are so great! Perfect for spring - and they remind me of sherbet! (I love this photo! I've been working on my photo taking and editing skills for Instagram, and this one gives me heart eyes!)

Nine patch blocks using Kona solids by Robert Kaufman


Next I cut the nine patches into fourths.

Disappearing nine patch block


Arranging the blocks "randomly" was the most time-consuming part!

Disappearing nine patch blocks with Kona solids


I cut a strip from the main Palm Canyon print that was just wide enough to get one row of mountains. It was about 7" wide. Then I trimmed it to be 35 1/2" long - the width of my quilt top.

Palm Canyon fabric by Violet Craft for Robert Kaufman


Once the top was sewn together, I pin basted using Warm & Natural batting and the one yard cut of the hexagon print from the box. The quilt top measured 35 1/2" x 42 1/2". I only had about 1/4" of extra backing fabric on each side!

Disappearing nine patch quilt


When auditioning thread, I thought about how it would look over the top of the mountain print. I really didn't want the thread to contrast too much and take away from the print. I decided white, light gray, or light pink would be best.

Aurifil thread and Palm Canyon fabric


Ultimately, I chose Aurifil 50wt in Fairy Floss - a very pale pink.

Aurifil thread and Palm Canyon fabric


I wanted to use organic and slightly wavy lines for the quilting. I started by stitching a line about every 3" horizontally across the quilt top using my walking foot on my Juki TL-2010Q.

Walking foot quilting on Palm Canyon fabric quilt


Then I stitched additional lines in-between, leaving about 1/2" between each overall. I used the same quilting on this quilt. I love the texture it creates!

Walking foot quilting on Palm Canyon fabric quilt


I used 2 1/4" strips of the third print (the light pink one with cacti) from the box to make the binding and stitched it on by machine.

Binding a quilt by machine


The quilt is a perfect size for a baby quilt, and is really great colors for a nursery too. This one doesn't yet have a home, so I'm considering listing it for sale in my Etsy shop. I haven't tried selling my quilts before, but one can only save collect hoard so many!

Baby quilt using Palm Canyon fabric by Violet Craft and Kona solids by Robert Kaufman
Baby quilt using Palm Canyon fabric by Violet Craft and Kona solids by Robert Kaufman
Baby quilt using Palm Canyon fabric by Violet Craft and Kona solids by Robert Kaufman



I know I say this every time, but I really love this one!


 Baby quilt using Palm Canyon fabric by Violet Craft and Kona solids by Robert Kaufman

Isn't this view from our friend's house amazing?!? A great setting for this quilt!



Baby quilt using Palm Canyon fabric by Violet Craft and Kona solids by Robert Kaufman

This is my 22nd quilt finish for the year!



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12 comments:

  1. Yes, that is a WONDERFUL view! Perfect setting for a picture of your very pretty quilt. You had the perfect colors in your stash to go with that focus fabric. SUPER CUTE!

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  2. What a great setting for the Palm Canyon print; the quilt came together beautifully!

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  3. The quilt is gorgeous and the setting is perfect. That’s a lot of quilts for 2018 - 22 is quite the accomplishment. I do love the design for the small one, but also to see the larger option.

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  4. A beautiful quilt in a wonderful setting. You blow me away with your numerous quilts since I know you are mom of two busy boys! Congratulations.

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  5. Hi Laura,
    Oh my - your photo skills! Heart eyes for me too on that photo with the three blocks hanging!!! I just want to pluck them off the screen - so perfect. Those colors together are divine! Okay . . . back to reading the rest of your post . . . I love every single thing about this finish. The quilting is perfect for this. Simple but really draws attention to the fabrics. I want these fabrics to make the exact same thing. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  6. Heart eyes for your lovely quilt! Perfect solids to compliment the canyon print. I say go ahead and list it for sale...I would just make sure you ask an appropriate amount equal to your time and the cost of the fabric if you'd bought it. Nothing more sad I think than someone who charges $50 for a quilt that should cost at least $100. Sigh. Anyway, your skills are amazing! You are a quilt making machine, with 22 finishes this year. Thanks for sharing them on Wednesday Wait Loss!

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  7. Gorgeous quilt!!! Love the simplest one the best!!!

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  8. I love the texture from the quilting and how it matches the main fabric. Great job! And your photos are lovely.

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  9. This quilt is soft and cuddly looking. Very springtime colors, perfect for a sweet baby girl.

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  10. What a wonderful quilt - and a great solution for using those fabrics with solids.

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  11. A lovely quilt, so simple & fresh looking! And your photot shoot was wonderful, great setting!

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  12. This a great finish. I like how you showcased the print. Thanks for linking up with TGIFF.

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