I have something exciting to share with you. It is my first tutorial for Moda Bake Shop.
I'm very proud to introduce you to
Castles on the Horizon
This quilt is made with 12 Castles in Spain blocks in Kate Spain's newest fabric line Horizon. The inspiration for this quilt came from a quilt block book. I was flipping through the pages, looking for an idea for a quilt along I hope to host next year and I came upon the Castles in Spain block and new that it would be perfect for this design. The play on words with the name of this quilt was just an added bonus to this project. Castles in Spain blocks + Kate Spain + Horizon fabric line = Castles on the Horizon!
At that time I just happened to have one charm pack of Horizon that Lissa Alexander, Director of Marketing for Moda, had sent to me when she participated in the Kate Spain Charm Swap Round 2. I knew that I wanted to do something with that charm pack and didn't want it to sit on the shelf for eons so I was excited when I had that Ahh Ha moment that resulted in this design.
I used that single charm pack to make a few sample blocks and loved the result so I drafted a full size quilt and sent it off to the Moda Bake Shop editors and they loved it. Making those sample blocks was a good thing because it helped me to see a few construction details I needed to include in the pattern.
A photo shoot in the recent snowfall was the perfect setting for this quilt that will keep me thinking of the warm Caribbean breezes as I struggle to make it through the coming winter storms.
For the quilting, my first thought was that all that negative space in the center of the blocks would look fantastic with some Judy Madsen-ish quilting. There was just one problem with that idea. My skills aren't any way near that to have been able to do that. So after a ton of sketching I came up with a plan. I even stitched out 2 1/2 rows of it. The design actually quilted out well but something just didn't feel right. I liked, I liked it a lot but.....I just didn't like it for this quilt. So I unstitched all of what I had already done. After a lot more pondering, I took my clue from the lines in the fabrics themselves and went simple. I quilted straight across the blocks both diagonally, horizontally and vertically and love the end result.
Though it is bit tough to see in this picture, the quilting lines actually created a pattern on the back of the quilt.
The Moda Marbles fabric in the coordinating shade was the perfect companion for the front of the quilt and I bound it in the darkest Aqua print from the Horizon line.
I truly love this Castles on the Horizon quilt and am looking forward to snuggling with it on the couch through the cold months ahead.
I hope that you are inspired to create your own Castles on the Horizon quilt. The step by step tutorial is over on the Moda Bake Shop so hop on over and check it out. I can't wait to see your own versions of my Caribbean inspired quilt. I'm joining today up with a few linky parties today to get the word out about this fun Moda Bake Shop feature.