Constructivist… Wall hanging or cot 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.
Constructivist was inspired by creative kids and their building blocks and was made with Lush by Erin Michael for Moda, sadly I don’t think this fabric is available in online stores anymore – although you might be lucky to find it at your local quilting shop. What I loved about this fabric was that it is a gender neutral and it was a breath of fresh air to find a fabric that doesn’t scream boy or girl. I love that woodsy feel to it, outdoorsy and natural, the green, and blue and brown tones are offset by that occasional pop of colour.
There are woodgrain fabrics available still – they were quite popular last year with several designers (for example Joel Dewberry for Freespirit - if you search on Etsy you will find a few) and, so you could easily find a bunch of woodsy fabrics and combine them with neutrals to recreate this quilt.
If you are looking to use a pre-cut charm pack I made it easy for you by researching current charm pack ranges that would be suitable for this quilt and came up with a few options for you…
- Or some earth tone solids such as Bella solids in warm pastels (try Fig Tree Olive for the background and Buttercup for the binding)
- Or try this more feminine woodsy range for a girl: Little Apples Charm Pack Aneela Hoey for Moda Fabrics (try Pencil leaves for the background and Olive leaves for the binding)
- I also really like Anna Marie Horner’s LouLouThi collection for Free Spirit Fabrics (charm square packs available from etsy store Sunnyside fabrics)
- 1 pack (40) charm squares, you’ll also need a solid fabric for the background 1 1/3 yard (1.2 m) should do it. You will also need to get some extra yardage of one of the prints from your charm pack or a darker solid fabric for the binding 3/8 yard (35 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.
- As you can see from the close up image above, the quilting on this quilt is done in a whimsical woodgrain pattern, echoing the woodsy feel of the quilt. I used a variegated thread for the quilting to really make it stand out but a grey thread would otherwise suit perfectly.
All images are copyright John Paul Urizar who did a great job on the photography in the book. And special thanks to John Paul’s son who is the lovely model in these photos.