I always have lots of ideas for future projects, but this Sunday I just felt like doing some mindless cutting and sewing; half-square triangles are perfect for this. I used Liberty fabrics for the triangles, a blue paisley print left over from a dress my friend Shirin had made and a bright pink fabric which I had bought to back this quilt.
I had doubts about the pink fabric, so I made a few test squares first. I’m still not sure whether it works.
I made the top for this quilt last year, but only quilted it recently (the photograph doesn’t really capture the richness of the teal background fabric). The white colourway had gone out of stock when I came to buy the fabric, so I used the few pieces I had left over from a previous quilt scattered about in this one. I used wool wadding in the earlier quilt and cotton in the more recent one: I think you can see how the wool makes for a puffier quilt.
I spent the Easter weekend finishing my third quilt using Liberty fabrics. I wasn’t completely happy with the first two, but I love this one. It is made with sample packs from Alice Caroline. Four packs is enough for the quilt but I used more, as I wanted the option to jettison fabrics. I also took the time to remake blocks, if I didn’t feel like the fabric worked, rather than just using them at random and hoping for the best.
Unlike with a previous Liberty quilt, I chose a backing fabric I loved, which happily was also on sale.
The pattern is adapted from Pam and Nicky Lintott’s book Layer Cake, Jelly Roll and Charm Quilts. I first made a quilt from this pattern quite a few years ago, using a kit which included a layer cake of Barbara Brackman reproduction fabrics from the Civil War Crossing range (although I substituted out the patriotic stars and stripes fabric!). I have also made a version of the quilt using Kaffe Fassett woven cottons.