Classic & Vintage: Lady of the Lake Quilt
I’m sharing my progress on the Lady of the Lake Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop today.I’ve shown some blocks here and there on Instagram if you’ve been following my progress there. I had some of Amy Sinibaldi’s “Little Town” collection for Art Gallery Fabrics left from another project, and thought I’d make a block or two. Well, that changed super quick, because these blocks come together so fast and before you know it, you’ve got a whole stack made! It started with these three blocks,
and grew into this group of blocks….I wanted to utilize all the pieces I had to the best of my abilities, so even though the pattern gives you directions on how to make eight half square triangles at a time, some of them I actually had to make two at a time in order to fit on the pieces I had left. And honestly, you can’t tell the difference so hooray!
Deciding on what order to put these blocks in took me longer than anticipated because as you will see below….silly me, got so excited about sewing a quilt top together that I cut the setting triangles, corner triangles and borders from the same solid white fabric that I’d used for my half square triangles. My brain totally skipped the part where it should have stopped me and said, “Hmmm, Elise, you want a contrasting f
abric for your setting triangles.” So, I ended up with a Lady of the Lake quilt top that is kind of floating…hehe, but I still love it, and it gives a very light and airy feel. Ah, so back to trying to figure out the order of the blocks. As you can see in the photo below, in the center, I used low volume prints too for a few of the blocks, because like I mentioned earlier, I wanted to use up my stash. So, had I put those on the edges, they would have totally just blended with the borders, so I had to arrange them towards the center so that they would be framed by the neighboring blocks somewhat. Just agree and say yes, that makes sense….
So here she is, my floating Lady of the Lake Quilt top held by my sweet hubs, whom I had to drag out really quick since trying to take a full size photo of this top by myself was impossible. (yeah, I could have grabbed a tripod, and a step ladder since I’m too short to hold it up and tried to wing this shot with the camera timer, but this was faster, plus I got him to hold it up a little longer than needed…that’s some good arm exercise I snuck in there, hehehe.) Now, trying to find a shaded spot in the afternoon, that was the challenge!
See what I mean about the lighter blocks being framed by the surrounding blocks? So, now my dilemma is how to quilt this and as crazy as it might sound, I think I’ll hand quilt this one. I can picture dark, bold, hand quilting to give the blocks more definition and maybe even combine it with some machine quilting too. Hmmm, I’ll have to mull over it a little bit more and if you have any suggestions, I’m open! Would love to hear of any ideas that might strike you as you’re looking at this.
If you would like to sew along as well, head to the Fat Quarter Shop blog the Jolly Jabber where you can download the free block pattern and watch Kimberly’s video tutorial for a step-by-step guide on making your block! Oh, and you can see all the bloggers that participated in this quilt along there as well! It’s amazing how different each of the blocks look with different fabric and color selections!
If you want to make the whole quilt, check out the full Lady of the Lake quilt pattern,
and also this amazing kit with Bonnie and Camille’s new line “The Good Life.”
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