Tuesday, June 29, 2021

The Hatter Quilt

 Free Spirit Fabrics released a quilt design called The Hatter Quilt.


I believe it was designed by Tula Pink for her Curiouser and Curiouser fabric line and it's free to download right now. It is actually a fairly simple quilt that uses one block, the Key West block. I believe I was attracted to the design because of her striking use of the black & white stripe.

I could probably machine piece the blocks, but I've been looking for a project I can work on by hand, so I am going to convert it into an EPP project by combining the two half-diamonds into diamonds that span the two blocks, and by combining the four corner triangles into one square piece. I'm also going to reduce the size of the blocks to 9" so I can buy some pre-cut diamond papers. Life is too short to cut out 504 little diamonds.


I poked around my fabric collection and I found the "Accent on Pansies" collection I bought during the pandemic. At the time, I happened to notice it on clearance so I bought enough for an unplanned quilt, which means way too much. LOL 

I didn't manage to get all the fabrics in the line, but I have some of the top four shown in the palette on the left. And, on the bright side, I think it will look good with a black and white stripe, so I will go ahead and use one.

This is the rough plan I put together in Electric Quilt 8. I normally plan queen-size quilts for our beds, but this one will be as big as I can manage. If I get sick of working on it too quickly, then I guess I'll be making a wall-hanging. LOL

The little squares look funny in this pattern because today I was not insane enough to input this pattern manually so I could put actual squares in there. You all get the idea. The squares will be filled with these little flower motifs, which I will fussy cut.
So, there we go, yet another project to put in my queue. I'm obviously much better at planning quilts than finishing them. 

Because it's Tuesday, I guess I'll go ahead and link up with TuesdayToDo, which will be #14 for me. And I guess I was supposed to give progress on my last list. I finished cutting out the T-shirts for a future quilt and I packed them away into my basement storage. Once I cut out the parts we wanted to save, they took up a LOT less space.

I finished the Sewcialites Quilt early, before the end of the quilt along, because I was eager to clean up the scraps and put the project away before I got too distracted.

And I still have not finished the set of Finger Lakes blocks, but I did make some forward progress. I think I could finish them in another hour.

And for the next list, which is likely to be for more than a week:

1.    Finish the first set of blocks for the Finger Lakes Log Cabin quilt.

2.    (And from out of nowhere, it's never been on any list before,) I think I will start cutting out the above Hatter quilt. I probably won't take the time to cut out all the pieces, but I would like to have some handwork project I can take with me when we leave the house. I'd like to always have something with me that I can work on for a few minutes at a time.


10 comments:

  1. Hi Sharon! Ooh-la-la! I am drawn to that pattern for the same reason you are. And, gasp, I'm not even a huge fan of Tula . . . but sometimes I am. HAHA! I think your version will be quite striking with those lovely pansies. An EPP project - I wonder how long it might take you to finish? Do you plan to start it soon or is it an EQ8 idea for someday? Great idea to cut apart the t-shirts to save only the needed pieces. I have found myself saving some of the throw-away stuff for ear pieces for masks. Hopefully, I will never have to mass produce them for family and friends again. Happy Wednesday to you. ~smile~ Roseanne

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    1. Yeah, I'm not a fan of all her fabrics either, but this one appealed to me.

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  2. I guess I should have waited till I read this post before I asked what color stripe you would look for! I love your purples and those pansies will look so pretty in it.

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    1. Yeah, I found a black and white stripe with smaller stripes that I liked. I ordered a piece and I'll see how it looks with the pansy fabric.

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  3. Wow this quilt is going to be wonderful, I love your color choices!

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    1. Thanks, I love them too. I am getting quite a long queue of quilts I want to make. LOL

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  4. You picked great fabrics for your version of the Hatter quilt. Hopefully you've already made progress on this week's list. Happy stitching.

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    1. Not too much, but I will try to this weekend.

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  5. Yes, I'm a planner as well. I believe I spend more time planning and organizing than sewing sometimes! LOL! Your design is lovely, especially with those flower motifs!

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    1. Since I don't have a hand-project, I find it easy to pop open EQ8 and start laying out quilts. I'm eager to actually get a hand sewing project started.

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