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!
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!
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!