Etoile releases next week! It is a fun, fat-quarter-friendly quilt pattern that comes together SUPER fast. I mean, we’re talking lightning fast here! I wanted to make a scrappy etoile quilt to show you guys what it looks like with fat quarters!
This version was all pulled from stash. I decided to use a single fabric for the background, but the pattern does give fat quarter requirements as well if you wanted to go ALL IN on the scrappy goodness.
Although you could go crazy with colors, I found that this scrappy etoile quilt worked really well by using fat quarters within the same color family for each of the 3 colors in the quilt. For example, my Color 1 is all different pinks, Color 2 is all greys, and Color 3 is black prints. I limited myself to black and grey prints that didn’t feature any other colors except for pink. So, there’s hints of hot pink all over the place and I love it! Most of these fabrics are older Cotton + Steel prints and might be a harder to find these days.
I used a Cotton + Steel lawn for the back, which makes this the softest and snuggliest quilt ever! For binding, I used Riley Blake Designs 1/2″ stripe in black and lime. I love the contrast that the lime color brings to the quilt, and the fact that it is pulled in from the backing. Want to match up your stripes on your binding? I’ve got an easy tutorial for that.
Because the binding stripes were thick, I knew that the last binding join was going to be tricky to match. Instead of trying and risking frustration, I chose instead to add a fussy cut motif into the binding. The little star is a nod to the pattern’s name and design, and the pink is a print that was pulled from the quilt top. I love how it adds just an extra special touch! I chose to hand bind my binding with big stitches, and I have a tutorial for that too!
For quilting, I first quilted by machine using Aurifil 50 wt thread in #2021. I purposely kept this quilting farther apart because I knew I wanted to add some hand quilting. If you’re new to hand quilting, this is a great way to dip your toe into it! I went in between the machine quilting and added some big stitch hand quilting with Aurifil 12 wt thread in #2530. I love how HOT PINK this thread is!
This version was just SO MUCH FUN to make and I know there are going to be more Etoile quilts in my future! Pattern releases on January 30, make sure you’re signed up for my newsletter so you don’t miss a thing!