Time is Deer, darling child

Another quilt has been finished and gifted, so I can share it with you here now!

Time is Deer, part of the Indelible collection designed by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics,  was the starting point for this design. Cuckoo clocks with deer heads and coordinating prints with butterflies, birds, birch trees, text and geometric patterns. What’s not to love!?

A whimsical, but elegant, collection of prints that won’t be outgrown.

The intended recipient is due to make their entrance during the dark days of winter so I chose the warm orange as the primary colour and complimented it with soft greys and whites for a gender neutral quilt. But is needed more.. incorporating the aqua provided the right balance.

Time is Deer. Fat quarters, this is how it begins.

Time is Deer. Fat quarters, this is how it begins.

Fabrics from additional designer collections in a mix of light and dark, large and small prints, round out the palette.  I always pre-wash and iron my fabrics. No nasty surprises that way! There is no official pattern for this quilt, I just knew I wanted to do something with 60 degree angles.

TIme is Deer, fabric selection, washed and ironed, ready for cutting and piecing

Time is Deer, fabric selection, washed and ironed, ready for cutting and piecing

I cut the fat quarters into  2.5 inch strips.  Groupings of 3 were sewn together then I cut them into 60 degree triangles using my Creative Grids ruler.

Sixty degree triangles in a random arrangement.

Sixty degree triangles in a random arrangement.

The triangles were arranged into a pleasing pattern and then the strips sewn together, sides trimmed and sashing applied.

The sashing strips are shown here, white with grey feathers and the postage stamp fabric. These were not part of the original collection of fabrics, but chosen later when the back was decided.

The sashing strips are shown here, white with grey feathers and the postage stamp fabric. These were not part of the original collection of fabrics, but chosen later when the back was decided.

The machine quilting in white ivory cotton features a swirling lines, clovers, flowers, leaves…

All the little pictures and patterns come together in random harmony.

All the little pictures and patterns come together in random harmony.

…an ampersand at the mitred corner, for a life unwritten, a life full of promise and adventure.

Leaves, an ampersand and mitred corner.

Leaves, an ampersand and mitred corner.

and a secret message…can you read it?

..and the messages that you can add when machine quilting...love, always.

…love, always.

While I enjoy the more structured elements of piecing a quilt top with repeating elements, like the 60 degree triangles showcased here, the back is where  a bit of creative license can be had.

The fat strip done in the crazy quilting style was especially fun and a great way to use up the numerous odd-shaped cuts left from the top and the ends of the fat quarter strips. The only requirement when I put it together was that, ideally, no two same patterns should touch. I set the width of the strip at 6 inches.

A bit of crazy quilt piecing on the back of the quilt. See the crazy stripe?

A bit of crazy quilt piecing on the back of the quilt. See the crazy stripe?

Here is another look at the back of the quilt This section features the larger ends of the fat quarters.

I do like text prints; the Doiland Gloss print may be one of my favourites, deer, text and lace doilies that look kind of like paper snowflakes.

I have a particular fondness for fabrics with text. Secret messages..

I have a particular fondness for fabrics with text.

The days have been terribly grey here of late. I took these next photos of the full quilt out on the balcony in search of some kind of acceptable light.

Not much light even in the middle of the day, but there was snow!

Here's the front...

Here’s the front…

...and the back.

…and the back.

Folded and ready for gifting with the coordinating hand knit blanket.

Folded and ready for gifting with the coordinating hand knit blanket.

Wishing you a beautiful day,

Coryna

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