Friday, April 17, 2015

Ruffled Quilt- A different twist on a fun pattern

Before Christmas, I bought a neat book from Leisure Arts called Christmas Sparkle by Mary Jane Carey from Holly Hill Quilt Designs.  The book is full of fun patterns and ideas for embellishment that include a runner,a pillow, wall hangings, a stocking and my favorite...  The Ruffled Split Rail Fence Quilt.  I had plans to make this for Christmas but ran out of  time.

A few weeks ago, while visiting a favorite quilt shop, I discovered these fun fabrics from those talented ladies at Cotton and Steel.  I especially loved the one with the lions.  I didn't have a plan for the fabric but I just had to take some home with me.

The pattern is quite easy to make...what's easier than a split rail fence?  I made the ruffle using the ruffler attachment on my sewing machine.  If you don't have a ruffler, you might want to consider one. It is one of my favorite attachment/feet. The pattern is well written with clear directions and great illustrations. I just love the ruffles!  Wouldn't this make a cute quilt for a little girl?

It was fun deciding on the quilting.  Feathers are quilted in in the rail fence rows....

With curves in the narrow border...

And diamonds in the outer border.

All in all, I am pretty pleased with the result.  I may even try one in Christmas fabric!  Moral of this story?  Don't be afraid to think outside the box when choosing a pattern for a project.


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