“Raspberry Mocha” Quilt: From Beginning to End

During a day trip to Vashon Island in July 2013, I stopped by the excellent quilt shop there, the Island Quilter where I purchased a packaged set of 10 fat quarters featuring a coffee theme.

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I didn’t have anything specific in mind, beyond turning them into a new Craftsy project.

When I did finally sit down to think about what I wanted to make, I decided I didn’t want to buy any other fabric for the quilt top, but use only the fat quarters, and use them up as much as possible.

After cutting the sashing rectangles, I had little triangular pieces left over. I set them aside, and later pieced them together into what will most likely become part of a pillow.

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About nine months after our initial visit to Vashon, we returned in March 2014. I had finished the quilt top, but went back hoping that the Island Quilter would still have in stock on a bolt one of the fabrics in the fat quarter pack — the brown diamonds with the pink dots — which I wanted to use for the binding.

As luck would have it, they did. I also found another coffee-themed print for the backing.DSCN4158

If I wasn’t so particular about how my quilts are quilted, I might get them machine quilted. But I enjoy hand quilting, and much of the machine quilting I see (particularly”allover” quilting) doesn’t enhance the design of the quilt top; at worst, the quilting obscures the quilt top.

First, I quilted little diamonds in the sashing squares.

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Then, I did a bunch of outline quilting in the large squares.

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I thought about stopping there, but it seemed like more quilting was needed. So I quilted in the ditch along the diagonal seams in the sashing rectangles.

Along the way, I was also working on the written instructions and illustrations for the Craftsy pattern. Having spent more than 20 years illustrating step-by-step instructions for quilt projects, I really like to capture the “look and feel” of the fabric prints used in a quilt. Sometimes, solid colors will do. Other times, I can use a seamless pattern that I’ve drawn previously that is a good representation. Often, though, a fabric is so distinctive that it really needs to be duplicated very closely.

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The hardest one was the beige “wave” pattern.

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The image on the left is a photograph. The image on the right is an illustration.

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