Vintage Lace Quilt - using "Homebody" fabrics

Ever since my "Warp & Weft" Vintage Lace quilt, I've been itching to make another! This might be strange, but there's something so mindless and soothing about allllllll of those half square triangles. It's methodical and sometimes, my brain needs that! So when I was debating about what I wanted to create with Maureen Cracknell's new line, called "Homebody," my mind was swirling with ideas! It actually took several weeks for me to convince myself that I wanted to use these fabrics for Vintage Lace. It's such a versatile collection that I had too many options!

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Here's what Maureen had to say about the collection: 

"Homebody celebrates the unspoken magic of being home. Find yourself surrounded by cheerful florals, cozy feathers and soft textures that encapsulate a calm and peaceful space that nourishes and comforts you."

Can I get an amen?? This last year has given me a different view of being at home, but I still love the comforts of it none-the-less! Everything that Maureen designs is stunning, but this collection is extra significant to me. 

If you're familiar with Vintage Lace, you know that the pattern calls for 7 fabric plus a background. This collection has 16 fabrics, so I wanted to try to squeeze in a few extra fabrics! I ended up using 9 fabrics, so essentially Color 7 is split in half and Color 4 is split in half. I also used two different background fabrics. After I made my Warp & Weft Vintage Lace, I really fell in love with the 3D texture that it has. I initially created a mock-up using Art Gallery Fabrics (AGF) Snow, and while I liked it, I didn't love it. It felt a little flat and bland to me. 

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So then I did a mock-up using AGF Macchiato as the background. It was better, but it wasn't perfect. (Ignore all of the extra lines!)

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I finally added in AGF Sandstone and VOILA! I was sold. It perfectly highlights the "lacy" portion of the design, which makes my symmetry-loving brain oh-so happy!

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This did take a little bit of extra planning, though. Ultimately, if you want to do something like this with Vintage Lace, I HIGHLY recommend using the coloring page to plan ahead. This was crucial for me as I figured out how much fabric I need and where I want each fabric to go. I also needed to plan which half square triangles (HSTs) had one background fabric vs. another. (Keep scrolling for a PDF key that shows you exactly what I did!)

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So I started making this quilt at home and we actually brought it with us on vacation.  Back in February, we stayed in a cozy mountain cabin in Highlands, NC. There was snow everywhere, so it was the perfect, cozy sewing weekend!

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Since we were in the mountains, I dropped the quilt top and backing off at Walker Quilt Co. in Franklin, NC. I've been working with Andrea for over 2 years now for long-arm quilting. She does such a phenomenal job...I highly recommend her! (She accepts mail in's! That's what I do 99.99% of the time!) She shared some pantograph options and I ended up choosing this orange peel, lace-y kind of design. It complements the design so well, doesn't it??

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For the backing, I picked out one of my favorite prints from the collection. Crafted Blooms Cacao. Initially, I wanted to use the lighter version of this print, but with all of the tans in the quilt top, I wanted to use something really bold. 

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For the binding, my plan was to use the same fabric as the backing, but then I chickened out at the last minute. With all of the florals in this quilt, something that had stripes felt right. I ended up deciding on Backroads Umber by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics. This is from her Open Road collection, which released 1 or 2 years ago....it's another favorite of mine!

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I ended up creating a PDF that explains what I did differently for this pattern.  You do need the Vintage Lace Quilt Pattern for any of this to make sense. I also want to point out that I made the baby size, but I geared this PDF towards the THROW size. The throw and baby size Vintage Lace look the exact same, but the pieces in the throw size quilt are scaled up. So if anything, I think the throw will look better because you’ll be able to see more of the prints. ;) Download the fabric plans to make this exact quilt.

We also have fabric kits for the throw size quilt top, backing and binding! Find those via the link below!

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