My fabric choice of Tasha Noel's Vintage Market was really not right for this pattern. The delicate designs got lost with all the white triangles. To the rescue was Amy Smart's idea of "snowballing" a triangle from her quilt "Scrap Bag Stars". This and more fun patterns are in the book Scraps, Inc. Vol. 2. All my blocks were trimmed to 5.75".
Now there are two patterns going on - the half square triangle made with a jelly roll (2.5" strips) and a fun diamond motif created with the strawberry fabric 'snowballs'. The white becomes an accent instead of the focal point.
The backing is a solid deep blue made with Cotton Couture - a beautiful soft cotton from Michael Miller. This quilt is going to college so it is needs to hide dirt and be more mature but don't be afraid to use bold colors even when the quilt top is dainty. The contrast of a darker color can make prettier fabrics stand out even more.
To quilt I used a wavy line stitch following the seams in a bright pink: Aurifil 50wt. #2425 for the front, # 2740 blue for the back. This is my go to blue and it is very versatile.
I splurged on a Quarter Inch Seam Marker and only wish I had bought this little tool ages ago. Quick and accurate are the words that come to mind when marking seam lines using this rule.
This quilt is a perfect example of why it's good to mix and match different quilting techniques - what started out too bland became 'pretty in pink!"
Vintage Market / Tasha Noel / Riley Blake
Cotton Couture in Midnight / Michael Miller
Warm & White batting
Aurifil 50wt. #2425, #2740 and #2311 (muslin) to piece
Size: 63" x 73"