I Love this Quilt: Hues of the Lake

When writing the “I Love this Quilt” column for McCall’s Jan/Feb ’19, I mentioned my attraction to Mixed Metals, designed by Gerri Robinson, due to the simple piecing and single block composition. My intentions are to gift this quilt to a family member for use during the warm summer months, so I decided to try making a lighter weight quilt.

Shot Cottons: Ecru, Lichen, Ice, Eucalyptus, Latte, Steel and Coal, designed by Kaffe Fassett for Freespirit Fabrics. Photo by Matt Graves

My fabric search landed me upon a group of shot cottons designed by Kaffe Fasset for Freespirit Fabrics. The fabrics are lighter weight than quilting cotton and would work perfectly for this summer quilt. I compiled a color palate inspired by the hues of the early morning, misty fog of a lake we visit every year in the north woods of Wisconsin, during the late summer.

Scrappy variation using Kaffe Fasset Shot Cottons. Photo by Kelly Eisinger

All was going smoothly until I started getting a bit carried away when organizing the color placement of my fabrics. As much as I enjoy the scrappy placement in Gerri’s original design, I like the idea of breaking up the color placement to create a more intentional pattern. However during this recoloring process/experiment I realized my color placement was getting a bit to sporadic, which would make the cutting and assembly process pretty tricky to keep track of. I rearranged the colors a handful of times before deciding to simplify things at this point. It would work better to color a single quadrant of the blocks and then repeat and rotate it to complete the quilt. This ensured that I wouldn’t end up with a wildcard block that was colored in the wrong fabrics.

I also decided to add a few borders to frame the heavily pieced design, which also enlarged it to a queen sized quilt. From here I have a lot of work to complete making the half-square triangles and then assembling my blocks. Wish me luck!

Try making this quilt along with me using the Mixed Metals free pattern.


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