Skyscraper Quilt

by Laura on February 6, 2011

Skyscraper Quilt Detail

Skyscraper is the second of 3 quilts we’ve made from the new Habitat collection from Jay McCarroll. This layout was a happy accident and I am so pleased with the results! When I asked the Spool staffers for opinions on my latest creation, Heather said, “It looks like a skyscraper with that light blue in the top corner.” She was right, and so the quilt got it’s new name. How appropriate, since our own habitat is of the city variety!

Skyscraper Quilt

I had come up with a simple way to cut a half yard of fabric into 4 pieces and wanted to arrange them by alternating pieced blocks and solid panels. When I got them up on the design wall, it was way too much! This colorway is so bold, it was a little overwhelming. I decided to separate each block with a solid color sashing, to give the eye a resting place.

As I pulled the blocks down off the wall and put them on the table, the corners of some the blocks sharing a print were touching, creating a larger geometric field of the print. Eureka! The larger fields of these strong patterns were much easier on the eye, and way more interesting than what I originally had in mind! I love it when that happens!

Skyscraper Quilt Detail

Once the top was sewn, Olga layered, basted and quilted using the quilt’s seams as her guide. She stitched about 3/4 of an inch one either side of the seam line all the way across the quilt. I love how it brings a little orderliness to the wild nature of these prints!

If you can see this quilt in YOUR habitat, kits are available in the shop! Each kit contains a 1/2 yard of each for the fabrics in what I call the City Habitat colorway, plus the pattern for the quilt. For a confident beginner, this is good project to get more skills under your belt. You will use a cutting diagram to practice rotary cutting blocks of different sizes. Then you can hone your artistic eye by arranging the blocks as you like (don’t worry, we have a included a diagram in the kit, if you want to make your quilt just like ours!). Since the blocks are larger, once you’ve made up your mind on placement, it comes together quickly. The finished quilt measures approximately 64″ x 64″; a manageable mid-size for quilting on your sewing machine! Enjoy!

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Julie C February 6, 2011 at 6:14 pm

I love the quilt, how crazy and yet how put together it looks! I am soooo crazy of the quilting! So awesome!

Susanne February 6, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Hmm, that kit sounds mighty tempting. I think I could consider myself a “confident beginner” and my rotary cutting skills do need practice…I hope to make it to the party this weekend!

Laura February 6, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Thanks, Julie & Susanne! I’m glad you’re digging the new fabrics! See you Saturday, Susanne! Julie, I wish you could be here for the party- stay warm in Chicago!

laura elizabeth February 6, 2011 at 9:08 pm

love this one!!!
<3 laura elizabeth

Laura February 6, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Thanks, L.E.! I hope you can come and visit it (and us) in person soon!

Julie lange February 7, 2011 at 11:31 pm

This really makes me want to quilt! Love it! A kit may be in my future!!

nanette February 8, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I was not drawn to Jay’s fabric. But seeing them in this design I love them. The fabric looks like true vintage to me from the 60s. Well done.

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