Friday, October 14, 2016

the "Resonate" Quilt: The Heartland Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on the Pat Bravo Design: The Heartland Blog Tour.  I'm thrilled to have been chosen as one of the 20 bloggers and hope you enjoy the projects I have to share.

The opportunity to play around with the newest fabric line by one of my favorite designers certainly had me jumping for joy.

The hop started Monday and runs through October 21st,  Katie at the The Simple Life Company is also taking a turn today.

Bringing an original design to reality has been an ongoing goal and so I chose a recent one with a Scandinavian style and similar color story to interpret.   Overall I think the modified version translated nicely with a slight tweak to the placement and scale.  

Original Design Mock Up 

Don't you just love the colors and prints of the Heartland fabric?   Droppar in Burst gave a perfect bright pop and Moondust for the sashing was a great alternative to using solids.  These are only a few - the line is huge with the famous "Feel the Difference" Art Gallery buttery softness was a dream to use.

on the Design Wall

Because much of my sewing is done after the sun goes down,  it's hard to get decent progress pictures.    The creative process and steps along the way are important - but so are pretty pictures!

Which leads me to my second thought - to include the my adorable granddaughter dressed in the luxurious Blomma Garden Pastiche in voile from the fabric line.  Fortunately for me, my friend Sue offered to sew a U-neck Tunic for the occasion.

Can you tell how cozy she is?  And such a good sport posing for me.  The out-takes are mostly blurry ones of her rolling around on the quilt because, well - it's that just that irresistible.

Another advantage to the lovely weave of Pat Bravo's Heartland by Art Gallery is that it behaves so well on the bias.  

Some makers might think paper-piecing a design with such severe angles would be necessary to avoid distortion and they would probably be correct - with other fabrics.

Same thing with 1" sashing - no problem.   It wasn't wiggly or unruly like you might suspect.

#TheHeartlandBlogTour on Instagram has a few sneak peeks.  Here's a progress picture mosaic showing the blocks at various stages of construction.   Making a pattern up as I go along is pretty rewarding - especially when it works.

Progress Pics

Thank you Pat Bravo Fabric Design for allowing me to be a part of the hop and for the beautiful Heartland Fabric.

Quilt Name: Resonate
Finished size 52"x53"
Original Design
Pieced and Quilted by me
October 2016

A little Giveaway: I'll send one lucky reader some of the extra fabric that I didn't use in my quilt - including the super cute Hus Hoot Gul owl print.  (sorry, international friends - this one's only open to US, domestic shipping).

To enter,  leave a comment below letting me know if you've brought an original design to reality or not and if so what did you think about the process?   I'll choose and announce a winner on Monday 10/17. EDIT: giveaway closed. Thank you all for your comments. Congratulations to Cheryl - I will contact you directly.

Happy Friday, Karen


  1. I have tweaked a few patterns to suit my purposes but I have not designed a piece 100% of my own - there are a few other items on my list of "to do's" before I start such a process.

  2. I have made a few quilts with my own design. It is so emotionally rewarding. I have so many ideas - it is hard to get them all out. Your quilt is fabulous - thanks for sharing.

  3. Beautiful quilt! I love the design, and the fabrics are a perfect match. I've made several quilts from my own design, but finding fabrics that match my imagination can be tricky.

  4. I don't usually design my own quilts. I have aspirations to someday make an epic quilt made up of favorite blocks and fabrics for my own bed.

  5. Both granddaughter and quilt are beautiful! I have made a few original quilts and I love the process. Very rewarding.

  6. Such a lovely quilt and the pictures of your granddaughter are icing on the cake. Beautiful and thoughtful. As always.

  7. I've recently been attempting some improv, in the hopes of being able to create a whole quilt of my own design! Baby steps
    Thanks for sharing your quilt and adorable granddaughter,

  8. Gorgeous work! I love the geometric design of this quilt!


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