Fall (or autumn if you prefer) has officially arrived just in time for the release of the Tabitha Quilt Pattern. The cover quilt uses a super cute collaborative collection from Ruby Star Society called Tiny Frights.
I have loved that designers are doing these "tiny" series of prints (Tula Pink has done them as well) because smaller scale prints are a little easier to cut into pieces and sew back together without chopping up too many cute little bats or owls.
Using a bold background fabric?
As you know, I usually play it safe when it comes to background fabrics in my projects. This quilt uses a background fabric (the off-white fabric in my quilt) and a second background fabric that I call Fabric B in the pattern (that is the Speckled in Citron). I knew I wanted to get out of my comfort zone a little bit, and here are the options I considered.
- Speckled in Peony. This was my first impulse because I love this sweet, pink/purple color and I really liked it with the collection, but I wanted something a little more daring.
Speckled in Onyx. This one would have been fun and I love the difference between swapping the Background Fabric with Fabric B.
Ultimately, I decided to go super bold and I love how the quilt turned out.
Inspiration Behind the Quilt
This pattern was actually inspired by the candy print in the Tiny Frights collection. I wanted something that was vaguely candy-like but that wasn't too literal so the design would work with non-Halloween fabrics. Both of my other samples use non-seasonal fabrics and I think the design works great with them!
For the quilting, I took it to my favorite long arm quilter (Heidi Rodli of Piece and Joy Quilting Co). I have always wanted to use a spiderweb panto on a project and this one was perfect. She helped me find just the right design for the quilt and she quilted it up beautifully.
It's difficult to tell, but the off-white fabric that I used in the quilt is from the Tiny Frights collection and guess what . . . it glows in the dark! The print is called Lightning in Glow in the Dark and it is so good.