It’s almost time! Next week we are kicking off the The Great Pixie Quilt Along. I am hosting the QAL along with Wendy at The Next Stitch. The Great Pixie QAL will be a slow paced (read: no stress) community event to make the Pixie Medallion quilt fully supported by Wendy and me. You can find all the details and schedule on Wendy’s post, Here.
If you are in Australia or thereabouts, I hope you will support The Next Stitch and buy your pattern and fabrics from Wendy. You can get the pdf pattern here on my website, click here, and use discount code “pixie” to get the pattern for $10.
I’ve been choosing fabrics from my stash (yea!) and making plans for my own version of the Pixie this week, but I am saving that for a surprise once we get started. Today I have some color options I want to share with you and hopefully get everyone feeling inspired and ready to dream up their favorite color and fabric combination.
My first idea was to do something completely different from the original. Berries and Bluegrass features Kona cotton solids in shades of purple and green. I love that this is a bit of an unexpected combination, but looks amazing! You can get a kit for Pixie Medallion with these colors from Wendy, Here. And I have also included the colors for my friends around the world if you’d like to do something similar with fabrics in your stash or from your local shop.
I have also adapted the original quilt’s color look in Kona solids. This scheme is so fresh and cheery, perfect for getting us northerners through the coming winter. A kit for this color is available, here.I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it, but I really like the basic batiks by Me and You for Hoffman fabrics. Have you had a chance to sew with them? They are batik tonal prints in really great colors. The fabric has a really fine feel that I like too. So, I decided to dream up a Pixie in these fabrics. This version is a bit moodier than the others with the black added in and slightly darker, dustier shades. I think this would look really dramatic made up. You can find Me and You batiks at your local store or favorite online fabric shop.
Does this give you ideas? What colors would you choose? My options here feature solids or nearly solids, but mine is going to be all prints! You could also go with 1930’s or civil war reproduction prints, traditional batiks, or sweet cottage prints. The possibilities are endless!
I’ve mentioned before that medallion quilts are a really fun way to explore patchwork…you can use each border as a new opportunity to choose color and print combinations and since each round is different, it never gets boring. Pixie is all machine pieced using straightforward techniques (no appliqué, Y seams, curves, etc).
I am really looking forward to seeing all the neat combinations you make! If you are on Instagram, be sure and tag me (@colorgirlquilts) in your photos as you start making plans and sewing along the way. Also use #greatpixieqal so we can all see and be inspired by each other. You can also post on my Facebook page if that is your preferred social media.
See you next week! We will get it all started with some tips for the center star piecing and show you the fabrics I have chosen.
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