Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A Date With Urban Garden and Florabunda!

The moment I saw the strike-offs of Melly Testa's new line of fabric, "Florabunda", from RJR I realized her line was a "kissing cousin" to my own line, "Urban Garden".  Both were launched at  fall Quilt Market in 2017.  I couldn't wait to work on a project using selections from both lines.

Am I right? 
These prints work together! 

For this project I opted to make a giant hexagon quilt using templates from Victoria Findlay Wolfe.  I appreciate the ease with cutting my fabric pieces and the simplicity of piecing the quilt together.  I recommend these templates.  They are well made and include a few piecing suggestions.  I found it very helpful.

Another thing I found helpful while I was cutting my pieces out was this rotating cutting mat.
I honestly can't remember the brand name.  For something that requires a lot of angled cutting
these things are great.

I wanted to use the bolder prints as the hexagon elements and reserve the lighter, low-volume
prints for the triangles and this is what I did, for the most part.

Since this is to be a baby-size quilt top I didn't have very many to cut.  I did run short of 
a few of the Floribunda prints and I made up for it by piecing some of them to create an
area large enough to cut out a piece with the template.

You can see on the 4th row, right edge, I used a print that was a bit close in value to the 
hexagon, but I thought it was a bit fun to do that in one area of the quilt.
These are situated the way I want to piece them.

The triangular piece makes assembling this quilt top so easy!
I added the triangles to opposite sides of the hexi, then pieced these to one another.

Once the rows were pieced I joined them together and trimmed the sides.
I could have left the angles on the edges but it is a bit more difficult to bind.  If you 
opt to do that you need to sure to use bias for your binding as it is more forgiving around those corners.

It is now off to the longarm quilter!  I enjoyed working on this project and I hope you will pick up some of Florabunda to play with.  While you are at it, get some Urban Garden, too.


Please be sure to drop by each of the blog hop participants and see what they are making with Florabunda:

Tiffany Hayes http://needleinahayesstack.blogspot.com                         June 7
Deborah Boschert http://deborahsjournal.blogspot.com                          June 8
Sara Mika mockpiestudio.blogspot.com                           June 9
Lyric Kinard http://lyrickinard.com/lyric-kinard-blog/                                    June 10
*Kathy York *http://aquamoonartquilts.blogspot.com                               June 11
Teri Lucas https://terificreations.com                                                      June 11
*Leslie Tucker Jenison *http://leslietuckerjenison.com                               June 12
Heidi Kelly http://www.hkellydesigns.com                                              June 12
*Jamie Fingal *http://jamiefingaldesigns.blogspot.com/                           June 13
Debby Brown https://www.debbybrownquilts.com                                 June 14
Look for David Gilleland here:  https://www.facebook.com/VectorQuilts/    June 14
*Susan Brusker Knapp *http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com                       June 14
RJR Fabrics is hosting its own social media event on June 15, so we will NOT be hopping on this day.
Please visit RJR on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/rjrfabrics/
*Melanie Testa *http://www.melanietesta.com                                        June 16