Grand Canal Fabrics by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics for quilting
Work in progress

Color, Print, and a New Quilt in Progress

Grand Canal Fabrics by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics for quilting

Every once in a while (okay, really often), I kind of fall in love with a group of fabrics. When I saw a fat eighth bundle of Kate Spain’s brand new fabric collection called Grand Canal (Moda, 2016), I went head over heels for the colors, the sweet simple prints, the whole thing.

Kate Spain has a way with color, and although the prints might be deemed very basic, that is what I like about them. The pretty colors and simple prints are very useable, whether for a quilt on their own or mixed with others in my stash.

Grand Canal Fabrics by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics for quilting

I have cut my Grand Canal prints into equilateral triangles…a shape not often seen in quilts, but one I have been keen to work with more lately. I had this idea to make a really basic quilt with the triangles and mix them with Ombre solids (have you seen the ombre solids by Moda/Vanessa Christensen? They are gorgeous and perfect with Grand Canal).

Maybe an all-over design alternating print triangles with solid ones. Of course, once I start formulating a plan for a new quilt, my mind tends to go a little wild and the final design doesn’t always look like my original idea.

Grand Canal Fabrics by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics for quilting

So my triangle idea has evolved into diamonds. Strip pieced diamonds, that is. As you can see, the wind wasn’t cooperating with my photo shoot, but I kind of like this picture anyway! Wouldn’t a whole quilt look awesome with this layout? The pieced diamonds sewn in rows…super colorful and pretty!

Well, in my typical fashion, I had to go and make this much more complicated. So this is my Quilt in Progress this week. I am going to keep you in suspense for a minute while I finish sewing up the top (my very ambitious goal is to finish it this week).

I love it when I am making something that makes me feel this excited, hope you are fitting some sewing time in this busy summer!




4 thoughts on “Color, Print, and a New Quilt in Progress

  1. Helen LeBrett says:

    It’s looking beautiful Sharon. I love how you always put a new spin on a classic. I love the solids that you’ve put in. Have a great day tomorrow. Hugs, H

  2. BettyF says:

    I’m loving it, both fabric and quilt!

  3. Shoshana says:

    Do you have a picture of the finished top/quilt? I’m still dithering about what to do with my Grand Canal bundle – I love the fabrics individually, but not sure how to make all those prints look good in a quilt 🙂

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