Practice Quilt and My Next Kaffe Quilt

I’ve finished all the pieces for this Jewel Box quilt made from batik charm squares I had on hand. I had to add some extra batik scraps to make this big enough for a throw quilt. This will eventually have a border on it. I had to order some extra of the off white to add a smaller outer border before I add a batik border. Luckily I kept the cover sheet that came with those charm packs and was able to find some.

There’s still a fair amount of sewing left to do on this. I have the four patches and HSTs all done. I like the way this looks, but I’m not crazy about the fabrics. It’s just so dark after all the bright and beautiful prints I’m used to working with.

I really wanted to make some of these blocks prior to making this same quilt pattern in a collection of KFC fabrics. I’ve learned a few things and will adjust accordingly.

First of all, I’m going to cut my fabric pieces a little larger so I can square up the HSTs and the four patches at 5 inches. For this quilt, I was able to do some squaring up of the HSTs at 4.5 inches, but there’s not enough of the four patches to square them up. I want that precision before I assemble these pieces into larger blocks.

So today I’m going to do some calculations and make a couple of practice blocks to make sure I’ll get blocks I can trim.

Here’s the Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics and a Kona off white “snow” that will make up this new quilt:

The fabrics appear much softer than in this photo. Oh and that fabric third from the left (Ombre Stripes in Pink) was hard to find! I looked all over the web and couldn’t find any. It’s out of print. My friend did find a fat quarter in her stash. So I went to one of our local shops yesterday that carries a LOT of KFC fabrics and they had it!!! It’s a nice pop of various pinks that this needs.

The weather has turned somewhat cold here, but the rain hasn’t started yet. It’s been a really gorgeous fall so far. It’s such a great time of year to be outside. I took the boys for a nice forest hike yesterday after Rico’s sheep herding lesson. We’re heading out for a nice neighborhood walk soon.

6 Replies to “Practice Quilt and My Next Kaffe Quilt”

  1. You don’t have to ” love” every quilt you make – they are wonderful gifts and donations. Sometimes, what seem exciting in your head doesn’t turn out to be such fun to make, especially quilt size. That’s why we have UFO’s. LOVE the new selection of Kaffe’s! “Let the fabric do the work”!

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  2. Good practice quilt. You are right, it IS dark compared to all of your previous brights. It is beautiful even so! It is so fall-like. The colors remind me of the change of season that I am seeing all across the country now.

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