I shared a little peak of this new quilt a few weeks ago in a post about my new collection of Crown Jewels Quilt Kit I have up on Craftsy right now, and wanted to dedicate a post today to sharing a bit more about it. I just love this quilt!
I’ve called it “Crown Jewels” because it reminds me of princess cut gemstones (although hollow), radiant, sparkling, in deep, rich tones. I just love those hollow centers though- they make for a light, airy-feeling quilt, like sparkly rings drenched in sunlight.
I’d love to try this design out in prints too, but there’s nothing quite like solids to make a design pop with high contrast and a lovely boldness. The solids I used in this quilt are the new Boundless Solids by Craftsy- their new exclusive signature fabrics. Personally, I love the hand of a thick, soft quilting cotton, and these solids definitely exceeded my expectations. I really did love working with them, and I am really pleased at the quality of the kits.
I think more than anything, I am most pleased with the quilting, and not because it’s particularly complex or notable- just simple small loops. It’s because I free motion quilted them on my home machine, and the truth is it was really a challenge for me! Truly, if free motion quilting is still a bit of a hurdle for you, then you’re not alone. I’m in the same boat, still working on my confidence and skill in that department. I want to be more confident than I am, and I know it takes practice…years, no doubt…and I’ve been at it for years!
I decided that this rather large quilt with lots of negative space would be a wonderful opportunity for more practice. So little loops it was, and goodness if they didn’t take forever. Though nothing offers such fulfillment and pride as days of hard labor and a finished product that you’re pleased with. :)
So thankful for my big sewing table for this one! I really ended up using every inch of space to get this mammoth finished!
Thanks for letting me indulge by sharing lots of pics of the Crown Jewels quilt! I’m still floating on air over it! If you happen to want to want to stitch one up in these same fabrics, there are a limited quantity of kits available over on Craftsy right now (the pattern by itself will be available later this year).