I am glad that you are all as excited as I am about this new pattern. When I am designing patterns, I want to stay true to myself but also be able to offer a variety of styles, precut friendly options, etc. in my patterns and the Sylvie Quilt fills a niche that I never get tired of adding to - quick and fun.
The quilt on the cover of the pattern uses Tarrytown by Kim Kight for Ruby Star Society. I have been a fan of Kim's fabrics ever since she released Lucky Strike (the purple floral from that collection is one of my all-time favorite prints) and she has now released a whole bunch of really adorable collections.
I was initially drawn to Tarrytown because of the Hole Punch Dot print - it is such a great basic and I love it when a fabric collection includes a really solid basic. Then I saw the turtle prints. And the tufted prints. Plus the unique and fun color combination - it was just what I wanted to test out this pattern.
There were a couple of questions on Instagram about what types of prints work well with the pattern. When I first wrote it, I had smaller scale prints in mind but my pattern testers' showed me I was being a little short sighted - I actually think it works very well with large scale prints. One nice bonus is that there are so few seams, that it doesn't break up the fabric and those large scale prints can really shine.
The backing fabric is the purple-y, maroon-ish dice fabric. It is a color that is hard to find in quilting fabrics and will be one that I will be stocking up on.
In the pattern, there is a little section about picking your fabrics, but I wanted to give you a few tips here.
- Make sure to mix up color and value so they are distributed around the quilt.
- Choose a sashing fabric that will stand out - on the first two version of the pattern that I made, I used white sashing both times. But then last week I made a version using a navy solid and it worked amazingly well. Your sashing doesn't have to be white, it just needs to stand out.
- If you are using prints, a mix of large and small scale prints works well, but I actually think this pattern can you all small scale or all large scale prints.