To say that I’ve got a thing for girly prints is an understatement. Specific girly prints to be exact, and not the kind with tons of flowers or swirls or glitter splattered all over the fabric. And the fact that I’ve got two daughters doesn’t help with my collection of feminine based fabrics. So when I get the opportunity to work with neutral or typically “boy” based colours, I get very excited!
I’ve been coveting Carolyn Friedlander’s Euclid collection recently, but without a project in mind. And that can be dangerous for me – because when I love a fabric collection without a project for it, the poor fabric will end up in a pile and get forgotten. So I jumped at the opportunity to get some and use it for a small cuddle quilt for my nephew’s 2nd birthday.
Because I didn’t get this collection as soon as it came out, I missed out on a few of the coordinating fabrics as they had already sold out at my local shop. Not to worry though – I had wanted to add a bit more blue to the top anyhow, so I substituted the missing pattern with some Cotton & Steel Printshop triangles.
I used the same print for the binding and a grey crosshatch print by Carolyn Friedlander for the backing. I absolutely love the combination of the line work printed on Essex linen in this collection – I had never used Essex in a quilt before and it gave it a bit more weight, texture and character.
To finish it off I added a hand embroidered name tag. I see many more neutral quilts in my future after finishing this one. I really hope that my nephew gets a lot of use out of this quilt. As of his birthday, he was too busy playing with his new Paw Patrol toys to care, but my sister loves it, so I think I’m on the right track.
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