Monday, September 5, 2016

Summer Breeze Quilt

Welcome to the Summer Breeze blog hop! I have a beauty of a finish to share with you today.
Summer Breeze from Fat Quarter Shop at Quilting Mod
My version of the Fat Quarter Shop's Summer Breeze pattern by It's So Emma uses predominately batik and print fat quarters from Pat Sloan's Hometown Girl collection for Moda. I also used Kona Navy and Lizzy House's Pearl Bracelets for the red.
Summer Breeze from Fat Quarter Shop at Quilting Mod
The downloadable pattern for this 56.5" x 64.5" kaleidoscope-style stunner is available for purchase from Fat Quarter Shop.
Summer Breeze from Fat Quarter Shop at Quilting Mod
The Creative Grids 8 1/2" Square Ruler and Creative Grids Kaleidoscope Ruler were must-have notions for this quilt. They allow for quick and accurate cutting, and squaring up the blocks. I recommend ordering these along with the pattern so you're all ready to go. You'll also need 40 fat quarters, 2 1/4 yards of background fabric, 5/8 yard for binding, and 3 3/4 for backing. Or better yet, you could just get the backing set and kit featuring Kate Spain's Latitude batiks.
Summer Breeze from Fat Quarter Shop at Quilting Mod
Just to make sure you're feeling confident with the project, Kimberly even has a video tutorial to walk you through the process.

I do have a few pointers of my own. First, when step one says, "Strip Set should measure...", actually measure it. Had I done this, I would have known my cutting had gone awry. Secondly, cut the strip sets in the same manner as the background units (just don't fold it in half first), so the leftover portion is more useable. After all, "discard" is not a word I enjoy using in reference to my precious fabrics. While I'm in conservationist mode, I'm also going to suggest that you make 16 background strips instead of 18, and 75 strip sets instead of 80, which will still result in a sufficient number of Summer Breeze units.
Summer Breeze from Fat Quarter Shop at Quilting Mod
Tisha Cavanaugh of Quilt Icing completed the long-arm quilting for me using 50 wt Aurifil in Ermine (2312). She played off the designs in the prints and did geometric curves in the areas with less patterning.
Summer Breeze from Fat Quarter Shop at Quilting Mod Quilted by Tisha Cavanaugh of Quilt Icing
To see Summer Breeze in other iterations, stop by the talented participating bloggers.
Nicole from Modern Handcraft
Sherri N. from Rebecca Mae Designs
Sherri M. from A Quilting Life
Jessica from Quilty Habit
Leanne from She Can Quilt
Kathryn from Kathryn Jones Quilts
Stephanie from The Modern Sewciety
Melissa from Happy Quilting
Summer Breeze by Fat Quarter Shop at Quilting Mod
Thanks for joining me, and happy stitching!
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  1. The navy is a great background color; being darker I think it lets the prints glow a bit more than a white or LV fabric would have. Tisha did a great job with the quilting, I like seeing how the arcs are so continuous.

  2. This quilt and design is striking! It was nice of you to share your tips for this quilt, no sense cutting more than you need!

  3. great quilt and than you for the pointers - very helpful

  4. Very fun to see what has been keeping you so quiet--making a full quilt! I really like your navy, as Yvonne said--we don't see enough darks in our quilts (as the "middles" seem to always be taking center stage). For that reason, I love this version! Nicely done, and of course, your beauty shots of the quilt are quite lovely, too. (Those clouds!) Bravo on a terrific finish.

  5. Wow, great version of this quilt! I was impressed by all the extra tips, well done!

  6. I love this pattern in these colors! So vibrant!

  7. I loved this pattern when I saw it but I love it even more with the darker pieces. Beautiful!!

  8. A very pretty quilt! Love how it's quilted too - thanks for sharing on Midweek Makers!

  9. A very beautiful quit, nice work and thanks for sharing :)

  10. This quilt is gorgeous!!! I love it!!

  11. What a great color combination and thank you for the tips.