Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Long Tall Jack

I'm a sucker for a large scale floral and a long-time fan of Jane Sassaman’s work, so when I saw the indigo ‘Prairie Chic Meadow Mix’ fabric, well… I had to buy it. And if it’s a large scale print there’s not much point buying only a small scrap amiright? It had to be yardage.

Once in my hot little hands I spent time stroking it lovingly, laying it out on my bed so I could see it in all its loveliness and  whispering to it “Aah beautiful fabric, you are too gorgeous to be relegated to just a back. You, my pretty, must be the star…” and the perfect pattern idea had to be the often drooled over Double Fat Jack quilt by Lyn at Lily’s Quilts (tutorial here).

I wanted it to be throw size so I got the calculator out and cranked the size up to 54" x 70". Actually it should’ve been bigger but I needed extra length for the diagonal strips and having already cut the fabric and with no extra left over... I had to make the central cross narrower.

A good idea is worth doing at least twice so I bought some more and whipped one up for my sister as well. And whipped up is the operative word here - they are fast to put together!

They’re both straight line quilted – you can see the detail better on the backs, the String Quartet flimsy for my more floral version.

And a large scale Wonky Plus block version for my sister.

I’m linking up to Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation and Fabric Frenzy Friday at Fort Worth Fabric Studio