Getaway Quilt - using Essex Stripes
It's been several months since the Getaway quilt pattern release and I still have one more Getaway quilt to show you from the launch! When we were planning our samples for this pattern, we really tried to focus on different "looks" for each quilt. The cover quilt (found here) has a high contrast look. The Speckled Getaway quilt (found here) has a low contrast, high saturation look. Then I wanted there to be another low contrast sample, but I wanted it to have a low saturation as well. That's where this quilt comes in!
As you might recall, Getaway uses two fabrics for the quilt top, which really creates an opportunity to make a statement with your quilt. Because there are only two fabrics, you definitely want to be intentional with each one. Getaway is on PreQuilt if you want to play with free digital coloring pages for this pattern!
For this quilt, I wanted to try to use something other than a solid. Really I think that small prints or blenders work really well for this pattern, and for this quilt, I had my heart set on a small stripe. Robert Kaufman has a really nice collection of stripes (you can actually find a few in my latest bundle with Robert Kaufman found here). If you are going to use stripes, I would definitely stick with a smaller stripe. There are some seams in the quilt that break up the continuous lines and if you use a large scale motif, it may appear "chopped up".
This stripe is a cool gray that could arguably be called a "blue". I went with a linen/cotton white fabric for the other fabric in this quilt so that the textures match. I decided to go with an "Americana" theme for this quilt with a darker blue backing and a red binding. The backing is called "For You Affection" by Sharon Holland and the binding is Art Gallery Fabrics Weathered Brick.
I sent this quilt to Hen House Quilting for longarming. We went with the pantograph Clam Glam Sunrise by Karlee Porter. I was drawn to this one because it reminded me of light and fluffy clouds, which felt right for the front of this quilt. Just look at that dreamy texture!! I always love working with Ashley for longarm quilting...she does a beautiful job!
Overall, I love the contrast between the front and back of the quilt. The top is soft and subdued, then you get lots of color and saturation on the binding and backing.
Oh! And did you know that the Getaway quilt pattern includes three different optional layouts? I went with the "City Trip" version but you can also choose one of the other versions as well. This pattern comes together like magic, if I do say so myself; so experimenting with different layouts is really fun to do while you're sewing the quilt top together!
Overall, I think this quilt is really unique to any other quilt that I've made...and I really love it because of that! I was a little unsure how it'd come together with the stripes. It felt like a bit of a risk not knowing how much (or little) the stripes would stand out against the background. But in the end it turned out even better than I imagined and I hope you love it too!
Don't forget: we have a limited amount of quilt kits for this quilt (with optional backing and binding too!) in our shop!
Thanks for reading!