happy new year everyone! i hope this post finds your year off to a great start!
today i'm sharing my love for leonie bateman and her new collection for penny rose fabrics (a division of riley blake designs) named sorbet. the collection is just as delicious as it sounds. featuring a range of soft, yet bright colors, it's perfect for just about any project. the main print is one my favorites!
i had the pleasure of meeting leonie last may at quilt market. she's honestly one of the most genuine people in the industry. her laugh is infectious and she's just as personable as she is talented (check out her works with wool...drool!). she might disagree (haha!) but i think we're long distant relatives now.
branching out from my typical clean and simple designs, i decided to create a mini medallion quilt (inspired by my friend erin's new book). i chose to create with the red and pink prints from the collection and mixed them with my favorite confetti cotton solids, which are my main go-to basics from riley blake designs.
like most of my designs, i never know what i'm going to make until i'm making it. i started with a sawtooth block as my center, added foundation paper pieced flying geese-like rows next and for one short minute thought i'd make this a much larger quilt, I ended with a solid border. i always have the greatest intentions of making larger quilts, but for some reason my mind freaks out around the 24-30'' mark and i stop. ahhhh...one day.
reminiscent of my traditional roots, i learned a lot making this mini quilt. its by no means perfect, but it was the best exercise for me to stretch my quilting muscles.
i hope you'll check out leonie's awesome work and pick up a bundle of her collection that's available in stores and online now. she's really a gem and if you dig through the world wide web, you might find a video of us singing and dancing to Abba at Missouri Star Quilt Company.
cut, sew, repeat...
the tattooed quilter