Habitat Piano Keys Quilt

by Laura on February 3, 2011

Habitat Piano Keys Quilt

The Piano Keys Quilt is a popular pattern around here! It works beautifully with mid to large scale prints, so when Jay McCarroll’s Habitat arrived I knew just what pattern to reach for!

Nadja chose 3 stunning Free Spirit Designer Solids to complement the warm hues in what I think of as the “Desert” colorway of this collection. It’s so fun seeing all those textures playing together! The bright yellows and popping teals are a wonderful antidote to all this gray weather we’ve been having, don’t you think?

After Nadja and Olga arranged it, Olga and I stitched it up quick! One of the best things about this pattern is that once you make up your mind about block placement, it takes such a short time to sew. Then you can get on to the quilting!

Habitat Piano Keys Detail

For this quilt, I never deter from the quilting style I saw in the original quilt by Sujata Shah, the pattern’s designer. It involves a free flowing, meandering line stitched in one direction across the quilt. Sujata always says of this technique, “Now, you’re going to want to have a glass of wine and relax, and then start your quilting!” Sage advice for those of us that have a hard time stitching outside of the lines!

I love the energetic, cheerful quality of this quilt, and if you do too, kits are available in both shops for $38.00. Each kit comes with the 10 fat quarters we used and the Piano Keys pattern. Happy stitching!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Carol February 3, 2011 at 11:18 am

Wow! I love it. I didn’t realize Jay McCarroll had a new set of fabrics coming out…..

Julie C February 3, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Awesome!!!! I’ve already made 2 Piano quilts and it IS addicting!

Staci February 3, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Ohhh I love this!! I may have to do this project once I get more Habitat. I am so mad at myself for only getting the city prints I should have gotten all three . I saw you are out of some now so I hope you get more soon. I need them aaaaall! :)

Laura February 4, 2011 at 9:51 am

Thanks for the kind words! Staci- the inventory is updated and we have all the fabrics in stock!

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