Again, the biggest challenge for novelty fabric is how to accentuate the whimsical patterns. A tutorial from Ashley of "Mommy by day Crafter by night" saved the day with this large scale lattice quilt tutorial (using layer cakes).
Usually I make my quilt blocks and then lay them out - but with this lattice quilt pattern it was essential to do the layout before sewing to get good color placement.
The border was cut using the large half hexie ruler from the Missouri Star Quilt Co.
It's a hard choice to pick a thread color when fabrics go from dark to light in the same quilt. I am realizing that these novelty images can handle bold thread choices, especially if there are not acres of white as a background. I used Aurifil 50wt. #1148. Love the turquoise thread, jelly fish and seahorses with bow ties ... all I need now is a pineapple under the sea!
Into the Deep / Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller
Warm & White batting
Aurifil 50wt. #1148
Size: 73" x 81"