A month and a half ago, I had the pleasure to share my Lotus quilt over at Sew Sweetness as part of the Jaybird Quilts Sew Along, it was such a fun quilt to make and after it was finished I was just itching to make another one of Julie's patterns. They really are great y'all. Well I quickly figured out the next pattern I wanted to make after seeing Debbie's version of Northern Lights. Oh so pretty! So I ordered the Northern Lights pattern (I already had the Hex N More ruler) and I ordered this gorgeous fabric (Shimmer) by Jennifer Sampou. I quickly got to work!
I decided to make the Baby sized quilt, I ordered seven different fabrics, so I only had to figure out which one to eliminate. Well as you can see, in the end I was unable to eliminate one and instead decided to use them all! So in order to use them all, I added another row to the width, and two extra rows to the length. Thus my quilt ended up being right in between the Baby size and Lap size, measuring 44" x 56." The great thing about this pattern is how easy it is to customize to get just the right size.
I intend for this quilt to be a wall hanging in my house and honestly this is probably the most elegant thing I have ever sewn. Very subdued for me, usually I am all bright and crazy, so this is really a step out of my comfort zone. Now you can't really tell in these photos, but the fabric is named "Shimmer" for a reason, it has just a slight touch of metallic accents or shimmer to them. They are gorgeous! Really stunning. and I hate the fact that you just can't appreciate it unless you see these in person. The print in the very center, the lightest one, is my absolute favorite, in a way it reminds me of a snake skin, but it is just so darn perfect! I chose to arrange the fabrics from dark to light back to dark and also to separate the two different colorways. I was hoping for a smooth transition, and I am really pleased with the result.
This quilt top was cut out and sewn in about a day, which is also one of the things I love about Jaybird Quilts patterns, so fast and it packs such a visual punch. I had hoped to have it quilted by now (I already have my thread) but am struggling to find the perfect backing and honestly don't want to just settle to have it finished. So that being said, I took it outside this morning for a quick photo shoot and for now we will have to enjoy it as just a quilt top. I plan to matchstick quilt this one via She Can Quilt inspiration, but not all over, rather in a very deliberate pattern, I think it will be awesome, or at least I hope it will be! It looks great in my head!
I am linking up this quilt with the Jaybird Quilts Sew Along. It was really fun to be part of the Blog Hop, and then turn around, sew another quilt and be able to link it up! If you get a chance, head over to the link up and check out the other entries, there are some fabulous projects over there! Thank you to both Sara at Sew Sweetness for holding such a fun Sew Along and for Julie at Jaybird Quilts for designing such awesome patterns and rulers!
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