I am so excited to be a part of Andy Knowlton’s book tour. Andy is the real deal. She is one of the kindest humans I have ever had the privilege of meeting and knowing. She is genuine and fun. Her curly hair is amazing and gives me hope that I can one day embrace mine with good results! 🙂
Andy has written her first book, Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts. Guys…. it is AMAZING. There are so many books and patterns out there for yardage and precuts, but what is the first thing we all gravitate towards in a fabric shop? FAT QUARTERS! What is the hardest thing to actually cut into and use? FAT QUARTERS! Andy has broken her book down based on how many fat quarters each quilt requires. It. Is. Genius.
I had a hard time picking just one quilt to make, but I finally settled on her Stellar Quilt.
This quilt uses fat quarters for the background AND for the stars. I looooooved coming up with a plan for this quilt. I settled on using my favorite low volumes with pink and different pinks for the stars. This makes my pink-loving heart sing. It is such a fun quilt. This quilt finishes as a really good sized kid quilt. It’s the perfect size for snuggles or dragging around everywhere or an extra layer for cold nights.
This quilt uses 12 fat quarters. 9 for the background and 3 for the stars. I am pretty sure most of us could make this quilt several times over and still not make a dent. It is a fast quilt and if you have a little one who “needs” a gift for this holiday season, this quilt would be perfect!
Over the next few weeks, several other quilters will be blogging about their quilts from Andy’s amazing book. Be sure to tune in on instagram and on their blog’s to get more of a preview of Andy’s book!
If you’re interested in snagging yourself a copy (you should!), you can find it on Amazon (affiliate link), Fat Quarter Shop, or directly from Andy herself!
Two years ago, I made my sons quilts for Christmas. They loved them so much that last November, they requested quilts for Christmas. Knowing well how this pattern will likely continue this year, I took care of future me and cut out quilts for them back in June. I was pretty pregnant and not sewing much back then, but I hit the ground running after our daughter was born.
I love this tradition of making them quilts. I don’t know how long it will continue because let’s face it, how many personalized quilts do they need. BUT, I hope it continues for a long time. I so enjoy sewing with them in mind. I am using the Charismatic Quilt pattern by Villa Rose Designs. The best thing about her patterns is they are all $2!
For our daughter, I broke into my sample spree bundle of Darlings by Ruby Star Society. I made this one when I was still pregnant and as she is obviously a baby, I don’t expect much of a reaction on Christmas morning.
For our middle son, I chose to use mostly Bounce by Alison Harris of Cluck Cluck sew as well as as various blues and low volumes from my stash. He is 4 so I wanted it to feel jovial, without being juvenile.
For our oldest son, I chose to make his quilt in grayscale. He’s entering that lovely time of tween-ness. I wanted his quilt to be one he would *hopefully* be happy to use for a few years without feeling like it was made for a tiny child. It reminds me of checkerboard Vans, and if that doesn’t last him into his teenage years, nothing will! 🙂
I’m curious…. do you make your family quilts for the holidays? If yes, have you started your sewing already?
My oldest son turned 8 a few days ago. In our family that means it is time for him to be baptized! I decided in May that I wanted to make him a quilt to commemorate the special occasion. My wonderful husband is a graphic designer and I really wanted to utilize his expertise and his creative eye so it would be a quilt from us, not me.
My husband suggested we model the quilt after many of the famous Andy Warhol’s pop culture, brightly colored pieces. We settled on a color scheme of bright, fun colors. We used Kona Cotton solids for these colors. I took care of the sewing, he spray basted the quilt, I quilted and bound it, and we gifted it together. I’m pretty sure our son liked it, but he LOVED the pokemon backing we chose. 🙂 It’s great to be 8!