Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Porto & Beyond

Porto & Friends fabrics

It's time for a new quilt!  On the heels of my last improv experience, I was making eyes at the latest collections from Cotton & Steel.  As per usual, each one is pretty awesome.  But being a (semi?) reasonable creature, I was bound and determined to choose one favorite for a quilt I'd been cooking up.

Porto & Friends fabrics

Sarah Watts' From Porto with Love ultimately won me over, for its charm and its colors.  The bright cobalt, dusty aqua and soothing greens in this collection really speak to me.  After lengthy consideration worthy of the seriousness of the task, I selected specific must-have prints for my color story.  Frustratingly, this lovely purple bird print is only available in rayon, so I had to hunt around to find a substitute purple to satiate.  I also added some non-Porto, striped yellows to create movement in my quilt.  The end result is a 12-piece custom bundle available in fat quarters or half yards at The Intrepid Thread.

 Porto & Friends fabrics

This week I've been cutting up my "From Porto & Beyond" fat quarter bundle, some misc. blue and purple solids, and a few complimentary Cotton & Steel prints from my stash into half hexagons inspired by this:

A photo posted by Jodi Godfrey (@talesofcloth) on

I know, I know, doesn't that look fantastic?  It's the first photo I saw of Jodi's English Paper Piecing project in half hexagons via Tales of Cloth on Instagram.  From a little research I think this pattern is called half hexagon stars or half hexagon pinwheels.  My immediate thought was that I could make the same pattern by machine working in triangular blocks that have one y-seam per block.  Do you see how?

I'll let you think on that.  Demo coming soon!

P.S.  Pssst.... The Intrepid Thread happens to be having a large clearance event because they're moving their warehouse.  And, turns out HoneyBeGood is moving too, and offering 30% off ALL in stock fabrics to lighten their load.  It just may be the ripe time for a little stashing!


  1. Yes, I can see how you can create the pattern with triangles and one y-seam. I love the movement in it!

    1. Thanks, Hildy. I'm smiling that you can see it and probably most readers too! Maybe it's pretty obvious, but it surprised me at the time. There's that moment when you see how an end product you admire could become a project you'd enjoy - that moment feels magical and clever (even if it's not that clever). Ah, well, I do love that about sewing. Finding one's way feels like a special journey even if it is a well-worn path.

  2. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on making this! You make machine sewing sound like a fun cheat but I chose EPP for the same reason! ;D Thanks for linking me, and your fabric bundle is divine! Xx

  3. Such sweet, charming prints and a twirly pattern, so fun!


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