How do you feel about quilt kits? I haven’t used one, myself, but I think they are pretty ingenious. What’s not to like about getting a snazzy new pattern and all the fabric needed to make it? It can sometimes take me an hour to pick fabric for just ONE block, so I can imagine that a kit would be a huge time (and angst) saver.
A year ago, Craftsy approached me about designing quilt kits for them. I almost said no, because my family was in the midst of moving, but it sounded like it could be a really fun and rewarding project. I will say, I was a little worried, because Craftsy was just beginning their foray into fabric so I had never used their product. What would it look like in person? How would it feel? I am a bit of a fabric snob, so the texture and quality of the fabric can really make it or break it for me. In the end, I decided to live a little and give it a go!
I was commissioned to design two quilts for Crafty’s Boundless DECOdent line and two more for their Boundless Solids line. Once the designs were approved, I wrote up the patterns and then waited a handful of months for the fabric to be printed and make it’s way across the Pacific to me.
I had my patterns tech edited by Alison Schmidt. This was my first time hiring a Technical Editor (I normally barter for pattern testers), so I felt very fancy and professional. Alison has been a friend of mine for about 14 years and she is an amazing TE. We both went to Carnegie Mellon University, worked in costuming and made the switch to quilting. She is very quick, and accurate as well as funny and friendly.
When the fabric finally arrived, I was so pleased! They were gorgeous in person and very smooth and soft. I would equate the Boundless solids to Kona in texture and weight. I really don’t think I will be able to tell them apart in my stash. I washed all of the solids before using them, and there was very little bleeding onto the color catchers.
Yes, yes, I am going to finally get to the quilts!
Inspired by 1920’s art deco, Boundless DECOdent is not my usual taste, but I love the saturated colors and the metallic gold. As with most metallics, it is SO much prettier in person. There is no way for photos to do it justice.
Measures 65″ x 80″
Measures 46″ x 46″
The Boundless Solids quilts were a fun challenge. I wanted to come up with unique designs that showed off the variety of colors in the line and would really brighten up any room. They look more complex than they really are, so don’t be afraid to give them a try!
Measures 60″ x 60″
Measures 72″ x 72″
All of the kits are currently available at Craftsy. If you already have more fabric than you know what to do with, the patterns will be available in my store early next year.
Have a wonderful Monday!