Lavender True Blue

Oh happy day - the day I get to start a new quilt! It was just what I needed to decompress from the weekend’s sewing festival. I’ve had my eye on the Lavender quilt from Jodi Godfrey’s new book, The Seedling Quilts. Like the other quits in the book, Lavender is meant to be English paper pieced. But if you look at it sideways, don’t you think it could be machine pieced?

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I do.

This is not the first time I’ve taken EPP inspiration and moved it to the machine. It definitely feels like cheating! The quilt goes together so much faster, of course. And although I do love the process, I also like starting (and finishing). So, here we go!

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Instead of using one solid fabric for the quilt background, I’m going to use a variety of solid blue scraps in true blue hues. I have a bunch of blue scraps from Liam’s Ocean Waves quilt that will be perfect for this quilt. I’m even hoping to join misc. pieces of solid yardage to make up the wide, modern border.

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True to the pattern, I’m cutting my triangles in low volume fabrics. I can’t resist adding this floral print, recently acquired at Festival of Quilts. It looks fresh with these true blues. Plus, now I know what other colors I’ll pop in here and there as small triangles: turquoise, yellow and pink, a lá this Dashwood Studio print.

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Here are the pattern pieces for one “block” in a machine pieced version of Lavender quilt. I’m cutting my triangles and half hexagons based on the pattern pieces in the book, adding 1/4” seam allowances. Fortunately, the acrylic Hex n More ruler can be modified to cut the correct pieces - both triangles and half hexagons.

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And here they are coming together. I’m loving the sharp, chiseled nature of this patchwork pattern. Back to it!