Paris In Spring Time Quilt

Back in September I started working on a spring themed quilt. I was inspired by the little bit of sunshine peeking through after a long and grey Melbourne winter, so I whipped up a quilt top…then left it on the UFO pile for months.

During December I finally got some time to sit down and get it done, and I was driven by the decision to give it to Lucy for Christmas.

I made up a bunch of blocks with three 3 1/2″ strips, that came together to make eventual 9″ blocks. All of them were created from scraps of fat quarters I had in my stash, in pink and aqua colours, which I seem to be constantly drawn to.

I used white for the sashing, and somewhere along the line started calling it my Paris in Spring Time quilt, mainly due to two of the fabrics that are featured in the quilt – the bikes that you can see above, and the Paris print that I’ve used in the quilt back.

Both these fabrics came from my sponsor Fabric Fusion. The print with the bikes is called La Vie D’Amour Paris Streets and and the above print is from the same range but it appears to be sold out now. I love the cats and all the small floral motifs intertwined with the Paris landmarks, it gives such a fresh springy feel, hence the name of the quilt!

I didn’t have enough of one particular pink fabric for the binding, so I decided to use the leftovers from the fabric I used in the blocks and create a pink scrappy binding. I love how it came out and I think scrappy bindings will feature a lot more in my future quilts!

The polka dots I used for the backing (pink) and the border on the front (aqua) were both from Spotlight. I wish I had bought a bit more, both seem to be sold out now – always the way.

One of my favourite fabrics is the floral I’ve used in the centre of this block. I bought a fat quarter of it in a bargain bit ages ago and it had no selvedge – anyone recognise it? I’d like to buy some more. I also love the Hello Tokyo Cherry Blossom fabric on the left, it coordinates so well with many fabrics and is a nice change from the usual florals or polka dots – instead it has both! It’s also from Fabric Fusion.

One achievement for me was this was the first large scale quilt that I quilted with free motion stippling. The quilting is very basic, but I’m really happy with how it looks and I’m getting better and more confident with free motion every time I try it.

Sorry I couldn’t take a pic of the whole quilt – my helper wasn’t available! Plus I only had a small window of time to take the pictures, Lucy has slept under it every night and every nap since Christmas!

18 thoughts on “Paris In Spring Time Quilt

  1. It's gorgeous Ros! And even more gorgeous is that fact that Lucy has used it non stop since Christmas. I think that's the best feeling when giving handmade.

  2. The colours in this quilt are so beautiful together. It's such a pretty quilt.

    Speaking about scrappy binding, I just finished binding a small quilt with 52 scraps of all different fabrics. Well, because I made the binding a little long, two of the prints ended up not making it onto the quilt, so, technically, the finished binding is made up of 50 different designs 🙂

    1. Thanks Jen! I'd definitely love some more of that broderie fabric, it's so pretty! I'm also keen to find out about the one in the middle with the green background. It's a couple of years old now and I've never seen it anywhere else.

  3. Very pretty! I love the scrappy binding too. I've used scrappy binding a couple of times and I really love how it adds to a quilt, especially one with lots of colours already.

  4. Beautiful, love the colors – really love the bike fabric, it's perfect. The Paris fabric is awesome! Glad this quilt is being loved and used by someone special 😉

  5. Your quilt is gorgeous and your blog is very such a happy place to be. I found you on a mutual followers blog and I am delighted that I did. I too, love to quilt and I must say that your fabric choices are fantastic.
    Well, Monday it my cleaning day and I was just on a little blog break that has turned a little bit longer than I expected. That always happens when i start blogging, LOL.
    I'll be back and if you have the time please come visit.
    Your newest follower and sister blogger, Connie 🙂

  6. Beautiful fabric combinations, Ros and a gorgeous quilt!!! Your free motion stippling looks great… you should be really pleased. I have yet to try it. Great idea also to use leftovers for the binding.

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