We made 3 quilts in Jay McCarroll’s new Habitat line, and even though I am showing this one last, it’s the one we made first! This is my most favorite for several reasons:
First, it is my favorite Habitat colorway combined with my favorite citrine green. I got to use it in the the dead of winter when I was craving spring!
Second, it felt so good to be sewing with this fabric after seeing it in process for so long. I think this is Jay’s strongest collection yet. Things really came full circle!
Third and most important, this was a true group effort! My amazing staff, Olga, Nadja & Heather, all sewed beautifully on this quilt. In fact, it was Heather’s first project after joining the Spool team.
Can you tell I am a little sentimental about this one? Pixel Quilt, I love you!
Pixel is the largest Habitat quilt we made with a finished measurement of 78″ x 82″. We started by using our fabric die cutter to cut 4 yards of Habitat and 4 yards of citrine solid into 2.5″ strips. Then it was a big ol’ 4-patch party! It was so fun to see how the print fell inside each cut – almost like a perfect little painting in every square! Habitat looks wonderful in large blocks, as the patterns are bigger in scale, but seeing it so small makes you appreciate all the details!
After all the four patches were stitched, we threw them into a bag and let the randomness commence! Drawing out pairs of patches, and stitching them together into rows was so exciting, I couldn’t wait for them to be done. Once they were, we all stepped back and admired our handiwork- it looked even prettier than we had imagined. Such a simple pattern can do so much! Keeping the arrangement random made the quilt look completely pixel-tastic! Perfect, since one of the prints, City Planting, actually is a pixellated floral!
For the quilting, I stitched in the ditch every 3 squares, horizontally & vertically. I wanted to be sure everything stayed nice and secure! Hot pink was my choice to bind the quilt- it really makes those magenta paint splatters pop!
As with our Habitat Piano Keys Quilt and Skyscraper Quilt, kits are now available in the shop! Each kit includes the pattern and 2 design rolls: one in Habitat and one of Freespirit’s Designer Solids in Citrine. Each roll is made up of fifty- six 2.5″ x 44″ strips, pre-cut and ready to sew! Have fun!