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.
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.
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.