Cloud song … A cheerful wall hanging or lap quilt by Kathreen Ricketson
Throughout February I will be featuring quilts from my book Little Bits Quilting Bee (published by Chronicle late last year). Because designer fabric is often only in print for one season it can be difficult for quilt designers and authors to choose fabrics that will be still available when the book or pattern is published; so to help you out I will be offering advice and alternate fabric choices for many of the quilts in my book.
Cloud song was made as a toddler quilt, it is so cheerful that it is perfect for a bedroom or playroom, the cartoon style clouds and bold rain drops were inspired by children’s drawings and give this quilt a dream like character.
I used Robert Kaufman Solids charm packs (colours pictured below) for Cloud Song, and luckily they are still available, (I also like their organic solids for this quilt too) in fact pre-cut solid fabrics have since become so popular that many other fabric manufacturers are making them too – there is so much to choose from.
Some more options for you include:
- Silent film kona packs – this would make a moody cloudy quilt – you could mix these up with a more colourful set or have a monochrome quilt. (Try Kona Ash for the background and Pepper for the binding)
- I quite like these 1930s Bella solids (Try Bella Solids Grass for the binding and Hometown sky for the background)
- As well as these Bold designer solids pack from Free Spirit (although you’ll need 3 packs of these) — both great choices for this quilt. (Try Free Spirit Grey for the background and Kiwi for the binding)
To make this quilt top you’ll need:
- 2 packs (65) charm squares, you’ll also need a pale fabric for the background 1 1/2 yard (1.4 m) should do it. You will also need to get some extra yardage of one of the fabrics from your charm pack for the binding 1/2 yard (46 cm) will be enough.
- You’ll also need a copy of my book - and they are available in all good book shops and online too.
- I quilted this in a whimsical free-style cloud design and used a neutral cream coloured thread so that the quilting blended in rather than standing out.