When I saw this fabric in my local quilt store, it reminded me exactly of some English Chippendale china that my husband’s grandmother gave us. I love the look of that china and so I just couldn’t pass up the fabric. I set about designing a quilt around that fabric as soon as I could.
The fabric is called “Garden of Enchantment” by Maywood Studios. Because of the large design in the fabric, I didn’t want to cut the fabric up into real small pieces. I even entertained the notion of just cutting squares about eight inches and alternating them with some kind of patchwork. In the end, I opted for doing hourglass blocks with a couple of different fabrics.
The other fabrics I used were Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Bone and Art Gallery’s “Stamped”, a text fabric from Amy Sinbaldi’s Paperie line, and a fabric I absolutely love and want to sneak into quilts every place I can! This text fabric is delicate but adds so much.
The hourglass blocks are 8″ after being set in. There was a total of 42 blocks in the quilt.
I quilted this with 40 wt. Aurifil Thread by doing a double diagonal line along the hourglass blocks with a 3.5 stitch length. This was pretty easy, because I just used the width of my walking foot as the guide.
For the binding, I debated about it very little – I knew I wanted to use the Garden of Enchantment fabric itself. I thought it finished the quilt the best, instead of using something completely different as an accent, which I usually do with my bindings.
For the backing, I wanted something modern as a contrast to the more traditional front, so I chose a fun fabric from M&S Textiles Australia called Sand Hill by Anna Pitjara. It’s an aboriginal inspired print and I think it’s so interesting.
The batting is my usual 100% cotton Warm and Natural. The quilt finishes at 48″ x 55″, a nice lap quilt size.
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