I started with a fabric pull from my stash and a vague idea to experiment with improv piecing for a new quilt top. But then I opened up my computer and happened upon a tutorial I saved for an Ombre HST quilt shared by Sarah Goer during the Tips & Tutorial Festival co-hosted by Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl and realized it was perfect for my fabric pull. The tutorial is fab and very forgiving if you end up misjudging the value of one of your gray fabrics as I did... oops.
I used Sarah's layout, but I made adjustments to accommodate my stack of 15 different fabrics instead of the 8 called for in the tutorial, cuz more fabric is always better, am I right? I used a variety of quilting cottons featuring some Modern Backgrounds by Zen Chic, Sketch, Crosshatch, and Kona Ice Frappe and Black along with some Essex linens (yarn-dyed, homespun, and Brussels washer linen). I backed the quilt in a wideback print from Carolyn Friedlander's Gleaned collection and bound in her wideback crosshatch in black. Can I say how nice it was to use a wide fabric to make binding? Only 3 seams, hooray!
As I was laying out my HSTs on the design wall, I was reminded of gathering storm clouds with a bit of blue sky peeking through. I used that inspiration to shape the quilting as well. I quilted straight lines approximately half an inch apart using my walking foot and Aurifil 40wt in variegated gray to give the impression of raindrops on a window pane. Dense straight line quilting is always my favorite; it's time consuming but the texture is always worth it!
Here are the quilt stats:
Title: "Chance of Showers"
Throw size: 52"x66" after washing
Fabrics: quilting cottons and Essex linens from stash; Carolyn Friedlander wideback for backing & binding
Dense straight line quilting 1/2" apart in variegated gray Aurifil thread
Available for purchase in my Etsy shop
Contact me if you would like to request a custom version of this quilt in your choice of colors! I love to collaborate with clients!
And with that, I'll leave you with one last shot of "Chance of Showers" with a bit of blue sky! I am so happy with how this quilt turned out and I've already pulled fabric to make another version in a rainbow gradient of Kona solids. If I can pry myself away from the PNW sunshine to take some time to sit behind my machine, that is!