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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