Tabitha contacted me a few months before her second baby, Wren, was born. She was hoping I could make a special quilt that would fit into the baby’s room aesthetic. She mentioned that she had a piece by Teagan White and would like to include a piece of fabric from her Fort Firefly line. I took one look at this line and fell in love.
Tabitha also mentioned that she had seen a link I had posted on facebook to a new quilt pattern by my friend Shea Henderson’s pattern company, Empty Bobbins Sewing Studio. The name of the pattern is the Parallels quilt. If you’re looking for an incredibly well-written, easy-to-follow quilt pattern, be sure to check this one out. The photographs (by Lauren Hunt, another uber-talented friend of mine) are GORGEOUS. And I even got lucky enough to quilt 2 of the quilts included in the pattern (Stadium Seating and Checkered Lightning). This pattern takes a little extra attention when cutting because of the uncommon angles, but is a breeze to stitch up.
We chose not to follow the pattern exactly. I followed the “Slingshots” version of the pattern, but changed the placement of the fabrics.
I think they kind of look like frog legs. 🙂
I quilted this quilt using an overall design. This wood grain is one of my favorites.
The solids are shot-cottons in terra cotta, dill, and squash. I love shot cottons. Well, maybe more than love. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them. I love that they appear to have so much more texture to them than regular old solids. They have a shimmer that sparkles in the light. They are so soft, too.
The fabric is a very whimsical, woodsy print, so the woodgrain texture I used for the quilting on this one was a perfect fit.
I made this cute little label on the backside of the quilt. It’s just a little piece of the main print in the quilt appliqued onto the backside of the quilt. I signed my name and the year it was made.
Approximate Size: 55 1/2″ x 60″
Quilting Design: Woodgrain
Thread: So Fine #50 – Color #457
Batting: Quilter’s Dream – Dream Orient
This was a fun quilt to make & Tabitha was a fantastic client to work for. I’ve seen photos of baby Wren pop up on facebook laying on this quilt, so I know it’s being put to good use.