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Jera designs lovely fabric that is a joy to work with. Madame Fleur has a beautiful, rich colorway, including some gorgeous purple and gray prints and little flecks of gold. I love those gold accents!
I really wanted to show off this whole line, including the beautiful low volume prints. I decided on a pattern that I wrote for Love Patchwork & Quilting a few years ago, called “Let the Light In“, which highlights the lighter prints in the center of the layout.
It’s a simple quilt, with 6″ triangle in a square block (My favorite tool for that block: 6″ Triangle in a Square template from Bloc Loc). The hardest part was deciding how to do the colorwash. I don’t have a design wall big enough to do the whole layout on, so I tried importing the fabric into EQ8 and playing around with it digitally. That wasn’t working for me either, so I ended up picking a solid color in EQ8 to represent each color in the line and then played around with the colorwash. Once I got close, I laid it out in real life and tweaked it from there (on my “design floor”).
Once the layout was nailed down, it was pure chain piecing heaven. I used the toile print on the back, because I am such a sucker for toile! And because I can’t do simple math, I ended up piecing a “bonus” row on the back to get it to fit. I love pieced backs, but I only do them when I mess up the fabric calculation for the back.
I love how the simple design really lets each print shine. I think it will be fun to continue to appreciate each print as we snuggle under it this winter.
While it was away being quilted, I couldn’t resist sewing up a little Christmas cushion. The reds and greens of this line practically demanded a Christmas project!
I used the On-Point Pillow pattern and just adapted it to a 12″ x 16″ lumbar pillow form that I had on hand. I kind of love how it turned out, and I’m glad to have a new cushion for holiday decorating this year. I may sew up a few more since they were so fun and easy.
Funny story about this last photo. Minki and I were using this welding shop as a background for these photos when the owner drove up and politely asked if he could open the door to his own business. I think he thought we were a little crazy!
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