I have a problem in my sewing room, I have several FQ bundles of beautiful fabric just waiting for me to find the perfect pattern for them. And I also have several great patterns that I'm eager to make, but not the perfect fabric for those! I've finally decided to stop waiting for perfect and just go for good enough. I've had a bundle of Weekends by Erin McMorris for Free Spirit setting on my shelf for over a year now. I love the prints and the colors, and not only does it have a weekend feel to it, it has a summer weekend feel to it. I decided that fabric was going to be my next project and went on search for a suitable (no longer perfect) pattern.
I was looking for a pattern that had a summer and fun feel to it, and I wanted some pieces that were at least 2 1/2 inches wide so the adorable bicycle print fabric would look its best.
Do you ever check the Moda Bakeshop for free patterns? My Countdown to Christmas Quilt is one of my favorites and it's a Moda Bakeshop pattern called Starry Eyed. I keep a Bakeshop link in my Favorites list, it's always at the bottom because for some reason it doesn't update when a new pattern is posted, which is several times a week. So I check it all the time. There's some great inspiration on that site. And that's where I saw this pattern, Simply Woven by Jessica Kelly.
This pattern was posted in October of 2012, an oldie but goodie!
So I got his far and decided that breaking up all those stripes would maybe be fun. And as luck would have it I had just gotten Heather Peterson's Angles With Ease 2 book and those petal blocks on the cover popped into my head.
You can make the blocks various sizes and with or without the center circles. I made my blocks 12 inches, the same size as my woven blocks, and without the center circle.
I was so tempted to go with just one block, that one little surprise in that top, but they were so fun to make I ended up making 6, but went with 5.
Cathy at Quilting on Main Street named the quilt for me, she said it looked like ribbons and bows!
This is Lifetime Quilt Number 159
The pattern is Simply Woven by Jessica Kelly
The fabric is Weekends by Erin McMorris for Free Spirit
It finished at 72" x 72"
It has approximately 388 pieces.
I think this quilt turned out better than "good enough". I also like this fabric so much better in a quilt than on my shelf. Now on to the next bundle!