Today, I am thrilled to be sharing my first tutorial over at the Moda Bakeshop! Because of Moda’s generosity, I was lucky to be able to use some of Kate Spain‘s just-released line, Honey Honey, to make this charm-pack friendly quilt–Macarons. I am seriously in love with this collection–the colors just make me happy and they are the perfect antidote to late winter days.
I pieced the back from one of my favorite prints in the collection, Wayside Garden in Ocean, and used some of the scraps from the appliqués to make a gradated strip down the center.
As is becoming my habit, I made sure to include the selvages as a record of the collection title and artist. Plus, how could I resist those bees??
For the quilting, I rented some time on a longarm machine at a local quilt shop, Merrily We Sew Along. This was my first time on a longarm, as well as the first time I have attempted such a dense, complex quilting pattern. My skills on my home machine just aren’t up to tackling something like the scroll pattern I had in mind, so I was happy to learn that I could use a longarm for a fee. The experience was fantastic, and if you are in the St. Louis area and interested in longarm quilting, I highly recommend stopping by Merrily We Sew Along–their fees are beyond reasonable, they give good instruction, and, even more importantly, the process is extremely fun and satisfying!
If you’d like to learn more about the front of this quilt, please stop by the Moda Bakeshop for the full tutorial! And if you’re stopping over from the Bakeshop, welcome! I’m so glad to have you, and I hope you’ll take a look around and leave a comment or two!