How Much Is That Doggy in the Window?


Just another simple baby quilt.  I was inspired by a quilt in Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts. (I used the last of my Christmas gift money and bought this book.  I love it)  I think it's my favorite quilt in the book, but have rarely if ever seen it mentioned online.  Anyway, I didn't follow the pattern at all, but was inspired by the idea of one big square full of random piecing, plunked off centre on a big hunk of solid.



That big happy square was so much fun to make!  Once it was done, I had a hard time deciding what to use for a solid.  I'll admit that white was my first choice, but I kept thinking about a little boy dragging his blankie around... Nope, we're not doing white.  I liked the thought of aqua, but then it would have blended completely with the square.  I finally settled on the gray Robert Kaufman Quilters Linen.  This Quilter's Linen is a relatively new fabric line.  It's a regular quilting cotton with a subtle printed crosshatch design to give it some texture.  Ok, it's supposed to look like linen, but it doesn't in the least!

I bought a piece in this darkish gray to try it out, and at first was disappointed in it.  If you're purchasing it to take the place of linen, forget it.  But, read on for some more positive thoughts about it.


This backing comes from my local fabric shop.  I used it for one of my class samples and loved it so much I went back and bought some more.  (and now I'm tempted to go back and buy some MORE!)  It's a woven fabric, the color works with so many quilts, and it washes up so soft, yet won't pill or fade nearly as much as flannel.

And no, I don't know the brand, etc.  cause these woven don't have printed selvedge, but I'm thinking many woven fabrics would wash up soft like this.


Now back to the Quilter's Linen.  I've changed my mind after pulling this quilt out of the dryer.   It's a great solid with a bit of interesting texture.  In this gray, it gives a sophisticated look.  So now I may need to order a few other colors.

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20 comments:

  1. what a great quilt for a little boy! The quilter's linen is awesome. I have the fat quarter stack and this grey was a perfect choice!

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  2. very cute and modern! What's the binding fabric?

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  3. i love this, and the grey is perfect!

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  4. I'm in love with a quilt~! Great job.
    I saw the quilter's linen in a quilt top for the first time this week and really liked it!

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  5. Love it! Love the colors, the quilting, and the fabric.

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  6. So cute and sophisticated, yet simple. I love it. What a great way to show off a set of fabrics that you really like without overwhelming the quilt with color. I love this idea!

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  7. What a beautiful quilt! Thanks for your thoughts about your process and the fabric.

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  8. Very cute and modern! I like my Quilter's Linen too. They just need to rename it before the name really, really, really sticks.

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  9. Very cute quilt! And thanks for the info on the Quilter's Linen. I'd been wondering about that. I'll definitely try it, just with different expectations.

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  10. I love this quilt-- the gray seems like the perfect color to show off the gorgeous block of patchwork! The last minute patchwork and quilted gifts book is one of my favorites :)

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  11. very nice! that grey is just perfect for showcasing the prints!

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  12. love this quilt, just beautiful! and I just got some of the quilters linen in gray. Haven't sewn with it yet, but I look forward to it!

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  13. Perhaps is the backing fabric a brushed cotton? They have the feel of flannel on the design side and regular quilting cotton on the wrong side but they are much more durable than flannel.

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  14. I'll have to check out that kind of fabric for backing because I love flannel. That binding is one of my favorite fabrics.

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  15. What a great quilt ... love the block & the grey !
    Can you tell me what fabric you used for the binding?

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  16. I love your quilt, the grey framing the block is lovely! I have just completed a sampler top and framed my blocks in Kona pepper and love it, but what colour thread did you use for yours? My top looks quite modern and I don't want to ruin it with my choice of thread colour.

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  17. This is so cute and would make a great class! I love the idea of the big block. That binding dot is a favorite and I've been endlessly searching for more.

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