I had the opportunity to partner with Art Gallery Fabrics for one of their upcoming collections, Mystical Land by Maureen Cracknell.
The vibrant, jewel tones had me at the word “go”, so I was pleased as could be to slice them up and sew them back together into a new formation. I used my Modern Crossing pattern, which comes with fabric requirements for two colors, three colors, or a scrappy look. To show off this collection to its full potential, I used the scrappy instructions (fat quarter friendly!) to construct this quilt.
When it came time to quilt it, I stared at the freshly basted quilt on my floor for a whole 30 minutes, completely frustrated. The bohemian look of the fabrics screamed for a hand-quilted look, but my brain (and deadline) told me to machine quilt for my sanity. I dragged in the expert panel (aka: my husband Jason) who looked at the quilt for no more than 15 seconds before he turned to me, and said “why don’t you hand quilt it?” Well, then, if two of us thought that hand-quilting is what the quilt needed, then so be it.
One mad weekend of movies and massive amounts of hand-quilting later, and I’m not regretting this decision one bit. I used Aurifil 12 wt thread in a pale seafoam color (5007) which was a delight to hand-quilt with and matched the quilt perfectly. I added some ties for texture and bohemian-ness.
I ran out of binding 2 inches from the end, which originally was frustrating (as you can imagine!). In a stroke of inspiration, I decided to fussy-cut in the selvage from the collection as the finishing touch. I love how it turned out!
I hand-bound the quilt using a big-stitch hand-binding variation. (Want to bind like this too? I have a tutorial!)
This version used the following fabrics. All are Art Gallery Fabrics Mystical Land line except for the background, which is an Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Solid.
Color 1: Bokeh Lattice Glow
Color 2: Enchanted Flora Ablush, Elixir Paeonia, Secret Seeds Solar, Magical Fauna Mirage, Shrub Charm Sage, Enchanted Floral Ablue, Lunar Illusion Flame, Magical Fauna Mystique, Shrub Charm Currant
Background: Pure Solids in White Linen
Binding: Secret Seeds Solar
Backing: Mirror Lake Moonlit
Mystical Land is shipping to stores now! Check out the lookbook for more projects and inspiration using this beautiful collection.