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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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!