I am excited to be back today to share about my latest Meadowland quilt! I released the Meadowland Quilt Pattern in 2018 and it is still one of my top selling patterns in my shop. The Meadowland quilt pattern really has taken on a life of its own and I love seeing all the versions of it out in the world. A few things about the Meadowland pattern:
It is beginner friendly and a fun way to jump into quilting if you are up for learning flying geese from the start!
You can use Fat Quarters or Half Yard Fabrics with a small amount of background fabric needed
You can work block by block and sew totally scrappy
Large blocks with no sashing (yay!)
I personally have made over 10 Meadowland quilts and it had been roughly two years since I had made my last one. I have also hosted two different Meadowland SALs and I have a "Sew at Your Own Pace" newsletter set up now too. So, if you'd like to sign up and receive all the past Meadowland SAL newsletters with extra tips and trips, you can do that!
I curated a super fun all gingham/plaid/strip bundle of my shop this winter and called it the TCJ Stash Builder. These prints and colors are all something I sew with a lot and love to have easy access to my in stash. I don't always sew with them all together but I decided to make a quilt with this entire bundle.
The Bundle is 24 FQ pieces and for the Large Throw Meadowland, you need only 20 FQs for the blocks and then some yardage for the background. The background fabric is used for the center and 4 corner squares of the blocks. I decided to use 4 of the FQs from the bundle and 3/4 yard of white fabric to make the background squares kinda scrappy. I made a limited edition Meadowland Kit with the added white background fabric for anyone who wanted to make this one too!
After I cut all of my pieces out, it was time to mix and match my block piles. I did this with no plan of attack, just went for it. It was so fun. I texted a few quilty friends after I snapped some photos and said "if this doesn't scream TCJ, then I should just quit." These fabrics, the combos, the colors scream me, me, me!! I love them so much.
In the photo above, you can see the background square pieces cut at the very bottom of the photo. I used some of the lighter windowpane plaid looking prints along with the white squares. I love the variety in scale of these prints too - small, medium and large ginghams. It adds variety that I love.
I made my first block and I had forgotten how quick and satisfying Meadowland blocks are to make! And Alysson's puppy, Peanut Butter, just flew right into the photo!
We sewed these blocks up so quickly! It was really fun to see all of the different fabric combinations!
If I had to picture a favorite few I think they would be these:
I love quilt patterns that are block based and don't require sashing during assembly. Now, don't get me wrong, some patterns look GOOD with sashing. I have plenty of patterns that use sashing but sometimes not using sashing is ideal. It is one less step at the end when assembling the quilt top. Meadowland comes together so quick!
The best light when I was taking these photos was on my living room floor between our coffee table and our dog bed. Redford was very annoyed I wouldn't let him walk over the quilt or get into his dog bed for roughly 1 minute. Look at his face.
This quilt is happy and scrappy and I am so glad I made it.
I sent this quilt off to Kaitlyn for longarm quilting and she suggested I use a new pantograph called Paradoxical from the Longarm League. We landed on a light peach thread color as well. The texture is sooooo yummy.
I bound the quilt in another small scale gingham in black and white. I love how it frames it out. I also backed it in another gingham I had on hand. Gingham everywhere!
Now the question is... what do I do with this Meadowland? That is always the last question in a make - do I keep it? do I give it away? do I sell it? do I give it to a store for a sample? It is TBD.