I decided to keep this quilt simple and traditional. I chose a block-within-a-block design for this quilt and wanted to make something that I could use to hang on the wall in my new sewing room. The finished quilt measures 27" x 27" and will look great hanging above my drafting table. I can't wait to get it on the wall... once I get walls!
Since navy is my color obsession these days, I knew I had to use a dark blue. I went with the Simply Style Dotty Mums in Navy for my inspiration fabric. I paired it with Happy Go Lucky Lime Jump and some assorted gray prints from my stash. I challenged myself not to use any solids in this quilt, which is a first for me, so I picked a print for my background fabric. I have been in love with Angela Walters Textures Crosshatch in lime since the day I first saw it and I knew it would match perfectly with the other fabrics I chose.
I also used this challenge as an opportunity to challenge myself and try a little hand quilting. You are looking at my very first attempt and hand quilting. It is by no means perfect or even so-so, but I am proud of it none-the-less! I have always liked the look that accent hand quilting gives to a quilt. I used a gray Coats & Clark hand quilting thread. I was surprised at how easy it was to work with. It is really stiff and I think the thickness of it is perfect for accent stitches. I am really happy with how this one turned out. I might just try some hand quilting again!