So far this year has been the year of making quilts for other people. And to be honest, I think this might be my first finish in quilt a long time! But it was a long time coming as I had planned on making this quilt for about a year before I started working on it.
A good friend from college got married a few weeks ago, and as he and his new wife love the outdoors, camping, hiking, canoeing, etc. I knew that this would be the perfect gift for them.
The Lakeside Sampler quilt pattern is by AnneMarie Chany and is such a great sampler pattern. It combines standard strip piecing, Flying Geese blocks, HSTs and strip piecing similar to Foundation Paper Piecing which makes for clean, precise strips. And those bold primary colours stand out nicely against the gradient “water” background.
I took the finished top to Krista Zaleski and she long-armed the simple straight line quilting across the width of the quilt using an off-white thread that blended well with all of the colours.
AnneMarie’s pattern was written and divided up nicely, considering there’s a lot of steps needed to put this quilt together. It also comes with a handy chart to keep your colour swatches organized should you use a different colour palette than what she used in her sample.
And I’m happy to report that the newlywed couple loved it! It was backed with Robert Kaufman Mammoth Flannel so it is extra cozy. I also included “quilt instructions” with the card, that included directions to USE THE QUILT – snuggle under it, get freaky on it… you get the idea. I’m of the mind that if I’ve spend a considerable amount of time on a quilt, unless its obviously a wall quilt or includes hanging instructions, I want it to be used, and well loved. Nothing would make me happier!
Have you made the Lakeside Sampler quilt before? Thinking about it? Check out the #lakesidesampler hashtag on Instagram to see all of the gorgeous quilts people have made lately!