“Outside-In” finished and gifted

I haven’t been able to post about this quilt as it was a Christmas gift for my friend Fi and she follows this blog! It has now been delivered and was already put to use on Christmas Day.Outside in

I saw the original “Cascade” quilt by Anne of  Springleaf Studios on Pinterest and thought it would make a lovely quilt for Fi. She loves her garden and her house opens up at the back so that the garden becomes almost like an outdoor room.  I wanted the quilt to create a sense of the garden coming into the house, hence the name “Outside-In”. Fi also loves orchids and has a number of beautiful purple/cerise ones around the house which led to the final choice of prints which featured purple shades.

I purchased the pattern from Anne and started to audition fabrics. The pattern has a number of different options and I originally decided to do the ‘scrappy’ version. I purchased a variety of large print ‘leafy’ fabrics and got to work, but after cutting and trying out different layouts I still wasn’t happy with the colour mix.1st attempt Fis quilt

I usually work with warm colours and quite a lot of solids, and I’ve never used a pattern before, so this was a learning curve for me. After numerous attempts at different layouts I removed all of it from the design wall and started over with a much more limited palette. This began to work and I eventually settled on using the zigzag version of the pattern and played with different shades of purple for the cascading triangles which needed to blend with the leafy column on each side.

For the back I decided on a large floral Alexander Henry fabric that I bought several years ago and added some solids with an insert of multicoloured triangle fabric to echo the front panels.

As the fabrics were so bold I decided to use strips of the different purples that I used in the triangles for the binding.

Back of "Outside-In"

Back of “Outside-In”

I did straight line quilting across the rows and down the columns and then quilted triangles on the opposite of the inserted purple triangles.

The final size of approx. 50″ by 60″ was slightly shorter than I wanted, but I didn’t have enough of each fabric to make another square for each of the columns.

Panel of Fi's quiltSome of the printed fabrics are:

  • Helen’s Garden by Tamara Kate (the multicoloured triangles on the back)
  • Cactus Dahlias by Philip Jacobs
  • Big Leaf in mint by Philip Jacobs
  • Brassica in green and blue (my favourites)

All in all I’m reasonably pleased with the result!



Of course my quilting assistants were also involved each step along the way.Pepe on quilt

Cosmo on Fi's quilt


8 thoughts on ““Outside-In” finished and gifted

  1. Beautiful! I just love how it turned out and hope your friend does too. She’s lucky to have a friend like you make her such a wonderful and thoughtful gift by bringing her garden into the meaning. I also made one with a more limited fabric palette keeping a single fabric in each column and really like that approach. Thanks for the link. PS. I really like the scrappy fabric selections you tried too but I’m glad you found a way to make it work for you.

  2. Love you little helpers . . . I have two fuzzy helpers as well. If only they could learn to use the sewing machine. Maybe I’d get more done.

  3. I love the way this quilt is full of big flowery fabrics, it immediately makes you think of beautiful gardens. It’s good to see you have some helpers.

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