Imagine walking into a quilt shop loaded with amazing fabrics, and having the owner walk up to you and say, "I want you to make a quilt with fabrics from my shop. Choose anything you want." Now that's a dream!
So that's what happened to me! Well, basically. Jodi from Sew Fine Fabrics offered that I could choose an assortment of fat quarters and make something to show you, with the intent of introducing you to her lovely shop.
This is a win-win for me. I get to choose the fabric I want, and make a quilt. I also get to promote a family owned online quilt shop. It makes me so happy to help support these small businesses that fellow fabric lovers are running from their own homes.
Now on to choosing the fabrics. I find it a challenge to choose all the fabrics for a particular quilt online. My usual process is just to buy random fabrics I love, and then pair them from my stash at home. The reason it can be tricky to put together a bundle just from viewing online is that it's hard (for me at least) to visualize the exact colors and scale of prints and how they'll work together.
Then add in the endless selection of yummy fabrics and how to choose which direction to take? So I decided my best bet was to make it purposely mismatched, but putting together lots of different shades. That way, nothing looks like it doesn't fit.
I was inspired by this quilt, so decided to choose a selection of light colored backgrounds in warm greys and tans. Then I chose four darker fabrics to make the little diamonds that are randomly scattered throughout.
I first laid out all my 4" background squares, then sewed triangles of the darker fabrics onto the corners of the squares where I wanted my diamonds. I wanted a random look, so had some of the diamonds disappearing off the edge.
I love this design and definitely want to revisit it again. As far as the fabrics, I love the way they all worked together in the end! I think some of these exact prints may be out of stock in Jodi's shop, but there's plenty more lovely ones to replace them. I love how her aesthetic is so clear, she carefully curates the prints that she adds to make for a lovely selection.
And she has incredible shipping rates to Canada! I dare say I haven't seen anything better than $4.50 flat rate shipping!!