Welcome to visitors from the Simple Simon & Co. Four Corners fabric tour! I had a blast sewing with the new collection designed by my friends Liz and Liz for Riley Blake Designs.
For my project, I started with a fat quarter bundle of Four Corners fabric, plus solid white fabric and black Essex Linen from my stash.
The pattern is called “The Park Blanket” and it’s from my new book On the Go Bags: 15 Handmade Purses, Totes, and Organizers that I co-wrote with Janelle MacKay (Stash Books, Dec. ’15). Janelle designed this clever blanket that folds into a tote with a flap and carrying strap, which is perfect for the on-the-go lifestyle!
The original is sewn with Cuddle fabric and laminated cotton (pictured left), and I’ve always wondered how it would look as an actual quilt. While sewing the flap, I chose a few of my favorite prints and pieced small flying geese up the center, adding straight-line quilting up the sides.
I improv pieced some strips of various widths for a colorful border. My favorite part of this quilt, aside from the awesome colors and prints in this fabric, is the random white strips that peek through the border. The quilt finishes at about 51″ square, and I backed and bound it in black Essex linen.
I went into this quilt with a totally different plan. I wanted flying geese… everywhere! I started by sewing lots of really large flying geese (10″ x 5″ finished), which left me with some bonus half-square triangles. I ended up moving away from the flying geese all together, because I really liked what was going on with this center medallion.
Picnics, outdoor concerts, baseball games… I can picture lots of future family memories being made on this Park Blanket revamp! I’m so glad I tried out this pattern as a quilt, and I’d encourage you quilters out there… even if you do not consider yourself a bag maker, there’s something for you in the new book! We start with advanced beginner projects and move onto more advanced bags and organizers.
On the Go Bags: 15 Handmade Purses, Totes, and Organizers is now available for pre-order at Amazon and CTPub.com. Janelle and I are so proud of this book and excited to finally share it with the world!
I’d like to thank Riley Blake Designs and Simple Simon & Company for inviting us to be a part of this fun Four Corners Fabric blog tour. Be sure to follow along to check out all of the inspiring projects!