I know Frippery has been out for a while, but I am finally just now getting around to posting what I think is my most favorite Frippery quilt. It is a really simple quilt; I’ve made a bunch of these because the pattern just shows off fabric so nicely.
(Actually Shelly of Prairie Moon Quilts pieced this one for me since I was running up against a Market deadline. Yay Shelly!!!)
Anyway, I love the quilt because it is pretty darned quick to piece and is perfect for using an entire collection and showcase the breadth of designs in that collection. I really extra, super love it for Frippery because I designed Frippery to really feel like a bunch of different collections that just happen to work together really well. Since the idea for Frippery was to explore a variety of concepts surrounding decorativeness it hopefully has a real variety of feels and sensibilities even as it shares a color vocabulary and certain motifs cross over between prints. In short I wanted it to feel both coherent and all over the place at the same time, and this quilt really showcases that component to the collection (or so I think).
I also love this quilt because it feel quintessentially patchworky to me, a bit of old-school practical quilting with a certain nod to soem 1970s patchwork. As such it always feels like a quilt that I need to tie. At least this time I used heavy pearl cotton rather than actual yarn as I did for the first one of these I made; it’s much easier on my hands and the quilt.
So, here’s the basic block:
And here is how to lay the quilt out:
Not that the block rotates in different spots, and the half-blocks at the top and bottom of alternating rows.
The block does require a bit of partial-seam work, so if you don’t quite see how the quilt comes together you can actually download the pattern for free from the Andover site here. It also has all the fabric requirements and the math and the like, but they did the math for using only one colorway. I think it looks extra super awesome with both colorways all mixed up. If you want to just wing it I cut my pieces to either 4.5″ squares or 8.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles.
Anyway, thanks Shelly for piecing this. And if you’ve never tied a quilt it isn’t so bad; I got most of this done at Sewing Summit. It’s also great to have as a bit of semi-portable hand work. The best part is you can stay warm under it while you work…