Based on the quilters I’ve met, we all pretty much love fabric, right? Most of us also have a healthy collection of beloved fabrics we’ve collected over the years, and a few of those pieces (or a small sub-set) rise to the level of all-time favorite. These are the fabrics we seek out and buy as much as we can because we know they won’t be available forever. They are the ones we buy a bundle of the whole collection because it’s the rare one we LOVE every print and how they go together.
Does your super-love-most-favorite fabric sit on a shelf or in a bin somewhere because you can’t bear to think about cutting it up? (-: For me, this is the beginning of my Fortune quilt story.
I have a few small hordes of favorite fabric like I described above and one of them, until a year ago, was the PB&J collection by Basic Gray (Moda Fabrics) from 2013. Yes, 2013! I’d had a fat eighth bundle of the collection for SEVEN YEARS! I set a goal in 2020 and issued the challenge in the Color Girl Facebook group to make something during the year with your favorite fabric. Yes, I asked you (and myself) to finally ENJOY that beautiful fabric and turn it into something to enjoy for times to come.
Of course, you want something special for your favorites. You want a pattern that has basic shapes so that the fabric shines and you don’t have to cut it up tiny. It’s also nice if the pattern lets you use precious scraps (-: Born is the Fortune quilt.
The new fortune pattern features easy, straightforward piecing that’s just right for a beginner or a quick make for a more experienced quilter. There are three featured size options with the instructions, but it’s an easy one to adapt to your preferred size and shape by making more or fewer blocks.
Other details on the cover quilt: quilting by Mandy Leins in an all-over florally design. Batting is Hobbs cotton. Fabrics, other than the PB&J prints, are red Grunge (Moda Fabrics), cream polka dot by Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery Fabrics. Navy print is part of the PB&J collection that I had bought in yardage.
It’s always fun to imagine a quilt pattern in different colors and fabrics. Since the original is pretty traditional colors and fabrics, I thought it would be good to see how it looked in solid colors and a different color layout. What do you think of this one with the solids and alternating color and white stars?
I’d love to see how you all put your spin on the Fortune quilt. Be sure and share your progress and finishes on social media with @colorgirlquilts and #colorgirlquilts
Here’s to turning those beloved fabrics into something you can enjoy. Get ’em off the shelf, get creative, and fall in love all over again!
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