I am back on the train of sharing the 2022 TCJ Make's of the Month! All throughout 2022, we chose a TCJ Pattern to revisit and make a new quilt. I am slowly blogging about each finished quilt and today's quilt is the August 2022 Make of the Month - Champagne!
Before I dive in, catch up on what quilts I have shared so far on the blog:
Okay back to my Champagne Quilt! The Champagne Quilt Pattern was released in March of 2022. It is such a fun pattern that highlights two of my favorite quilting designs - stars and Irish Chains! The Pattern includes a Modern Solid version where all the stars are the same throughout the quilt top. It also includes a FQ friendly one where you mix + match your star pieces to create a fun more colorful quilt top.
In February of last year, PaintBrush Studio Fabrics (PBS) reached out to me about some new colors they were adding to their quilting cotton solids line - Painter's Palette. And they were curious if I wanted to sew with the new colors and I said yes! I would love to make a quilt highlighting the colors. I hadn't worked with Painter's Palette Solids before and I was excited to try a new fabric line. PBS send me samples of the new colors and they are all so dusty and soft and I loved the ideas that were springy up in me.
I decided I wanted to curate a soft dusk type of palette. And I also knew I wanted to work with the Champagne Quilt. We were deep into sample making for the Champagne release so it was just on the forefront of my mind. Also, I knew that I wouldn't be actually making this quilt for several months since the fabric wasn't ready to be sent to me yet.
Here is the mock up of what I had dreamed up with the new Painter's Palette solids.
The colors I used from the Painter's Palette new solids line are:
Background Fabric: Dusty Pink
Main Irish Chain: Lemon
Accent Irish Chain + Binding: Pineapple
10 FQs for the Stars: Kiwi, Cloud, Caribbean, Sea Glass, Honey, Clay, Cantaloupe, Adobe, Lilac, and Willow
I really love how organic and earthy and ethereal this fabric pull turned out to be.
Now, a few months had passed since I decided on what I was making and receiving the fabric. At this point, I was deep into our next pattern release - Color Chaos. So, I decided to hire out the sample making for the quilt top to lighten my load. I luckily found Aubrey of @popandpeaches who was able to help us out and sew up this sample. Here are a few of her photos of the process.
Aubrey and I both shared our love for this palette and the way the colors interact. We also shared our distain for HOW HARD THESE COLORS ARE TO CAPTURE ON CAMERA. Yes, I yelled. We both struggled to show the softness and yet the punchy brightness of the yellow irish chain. It was hard!
But when I got the quilt top back, I was IN LOVE. These aren't my usual colors but I adore how the quilt turned out. And Aubrey sewed everything so beautifully. It was pressed so much better than I press my quilts! At this point, I couldn't stop taking photos.
Like I said, I could not stop photographing the quilt top. The color combinations are so fun throughout the top.
I had to get a little creative with how to take a full photo of this quilt top before sending it off for longarm quilting. Luckily, our 1925 house has picture trail trim installed in all the rooms on the main floor of our house. So we bought hooks for the trim and IKEA shower curtain rings and I can clip things up to hang on the wall.
For the longarm quilting, I knew pretty quickly that I wanted a softer more feminine pantograph that still was bold and packed a punch. The other fun thing about the Champagne Quilt is that you get a decent amount of negative space so choosing a fun pantograph can compliment that.
Emily, of So Sunny Quilts, fit me into her schedule and we decided on Daisy Daze. The texture is STUNNING. I got the quilt back from her, right after we moved into our new studio space last summer and I snapped photos without even binding it. I was EXCITED.
Eventually I did bind this quilt top. And I used the slightly darker yellow - Pineapple - that is the Accent Irish Chain color. It is such a beautiful "frame" to the quilt.
I backed this Champagne Quilt in the Baby Blue color from the Painter's Palette. It is such a soft, dusty blue that I thought would be a fun compliment to the dusk themed front palette.
Luckily, Amy, our amazing friend and photographer was able to capture the colors of the quilt as true to life as possible. Again, obsessed with the quilting!
There we have it! Our TCJ Make of the Month for August 2022. This Champagne quilt is one of my favorite's we made!