I hope you’re not tired of my Nested Churn Dash quilt. My number one quilting goal this summer was to make a scrappy quilt with all of my Minick & Simpson fabrics. I truly love the combination of reds, creams, and blues–these colors are just soothing to me, and they remind me of summer, good times, and the ocean and lake. I actualy remember buying my first Minick & Simpson fabric, “Nantucket,” from The Christmas Goose quilt shop in Las Vegas (I’m not sure if that was the first Minick & Simpson Moda collection, but I think it was at least an early one). And with every new Minick & Simpson collection I had to get at least some to add to my stash. I have lots of projects made with their fabrics: table runners, table toppers, lap quilts and even a full-sized quilt, but I’ve always wanted to make a summer quilt to use in in the master bedroom.
My initial idea this summer was to make a scrappy trip around the world quilt with these fabrics, but after making Jane’s Nested Churn Dash block for her blog tour I started thinking that just maybe I’d have enough fabrics to make a king-size quilt with my Minick & Simpson stash.
After finishing my blocks yesterday I had to move some furniture to find a place to lay them out. And then the process of deciding how to set them began. My initial thought was to use a cream Bella solid and use reds and blues for the sashing posts. It turned out that none of Bella solids I had on hand were just the right color. I didn’t have enough cream prints to do a scrappy cream sashing, either. What I had the most of was blues, so scrappy blues it was.
By choosing the scrappy blues I could no longer use blues and reds for the posts. A jelly roll strip of a tan print from “Mid-Winter Reds” was the perfect solution, providing just the right amount of contrast and creating a nice secondary pattern at all of the block intersections.
This is already a favorite quilt…now just to decide on quilting…an all-over pattern…or splurge on custom? I guess it’s technically a “free” quilt so far since I’ve used scraps…but paying for quilting on king-sized quilts is the reason I don’t make many of those (this is just my fifth king-sized quilt ever).
It’s folded up now; I plan on piecing the backing today and starting something new. Thanks so much for stopping by!
- Blocks from the Nested Churn Dash pattern by Jane Davidson found here.
- 16 blocks finished at 24″ x 24″
- 24 sashing strips finished at 2″ wide
- 9 sashing posts finished at 2″ x 2″
- Quilt top measures 102″ x 102″