Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Layers of Charm with Fat Quarter Shop

Hello everyone and happy Monday (again)! :)

Today's blogpost is about a new Shortcut Quilt project of the Fat Quarter Shop. It is called the Layers of Charm. With this post, I will also reveal my Sweet Darling quilt that I made with this pattern by using only solid fabrics.

The Fat Quarter Shop approached me (and other quilt bloggers) and asked if I would be interested in participating in a blog hop to introduce this new project and I happily accepted it.
They sent us the pattern which had instructions for four different size quilts.
To make a Layers of Charm quilt, you will need one layer cake and one charm pack. It is so quick and easy to make that you can whip up a queen size quilt in a day! I chose to make a crib size quilt and it only took me a couple of hours to put together the quilt top.
Now some photos!
You probably noticed that my quilt doesn't have a binding. I took these photos yesterday when the weather was windy but nice enough to take outdoor photos. So glad I did because today it was really miserable; no sun but really strong wind. The quilt has a binding now in that gorgeous blue in the top right square.
For this quilt, I used the colours that I chose from the 2014 New Kona Cotton Solids layer cake and charm pack. The finished size it approximately 38 inches by 38 inches. You can tell I like bright colours!
When I finished the quilt top, I really didn't have an idea about how to quilt it. I looked at several FMQ designs, spent a fair bit of time on Pinterest searching "quilting negative space". I just didn't find the inspiration I needed nor a pattern that made me say "yes, this one". A few days later when having lunch at work, I just picked up the paper and pen and started sketching and came up with this design I used in the quilting. 
There is quite a bit straight stitching here! Because I only used solids, I wanted to make the quilting dense, let it talk and enhance the quilt pattern. I wanted to bring out the squares that are formed in the centre of each block by stitching a four point star and echoing it around. I created the same star in the very centre of the quilt as there is no square pattern there and made some of the straight lines cross over to the others to make a checkered area. By doing so, I created an attention point in the centre as well. I am very happy with how it turned out!
I made a REALLY good decision by choosing a crib size quilt. Straight stitching takes a lot of time, patience and it shows even the smallest, slightest wonkiness in your stitching, which is widely available on this quilt!
If you want to make the Layers of Charm quilt, the Fat Quarter Shop has a tutorial on their Youtube Channel.
I am looking forward to seeing what others made-so exciting!!

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  1. I really like your version using only solids, Nurdan - it looks great. The quilting and how you came about the design is really nice too.

  2. This is so wonderful for a crib quilt! I love the brights, and I especially love the quilting : )

  3. Love the colours and the quilting pattern you've chosen for this.Love the gridwork.

  4. I love your use of the solids. And the quilting is gorgeous!

  5. Wow! Seeing it in bright solid fabrics is amazing!

  6. Your quilting is amazing and really makes this quilt stand out! I love that it's the front and back and this would be a perfect quick gift for a baby quilts... front/back quilts are one of my favorites! That straight line quilting is pretty superb.

  7. Great quilt! I love the colors and especially the quilting!!

  8. I really like your quilting on this piece. Nice work!

  9. Love the bright solids and the quilting is amazing.

  10. Wow, Nurdan this looks great in rainbow solids! Your quilting is pretty amazing too! I love how you quilted the diamond in the middle where there are no charms.

  11. Oh, seeing your quilt makes me wish I'd done much more quilting on mine. Your plan about letting the quilting talk was spot on. Love the colors and love the overall look - so beautiful!

  12. Love your solid color version and your machine quilting is supurp.

  13. Your bright quilt is so happy! It is so helpful to see the patterns in solids!

  14. Love your quilt! Solids make such a different look! Love it!! Alot of stitching too! Grrrreat job! :)

  15. The quilting Looks great on this quilt :)

  16. I would never have thought that solids could look so good - WOW! Bright, happy colours and fantastic quilting - it looks fabulous, Nurdan!

  17. I love your all solids version and your quilting!


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