My Geometric Quilt

by Nova on February 26, 2012

A while in the make (about 9 years if you count how long a couple of the fabrics have been in the stash!), my Geometric Quilt finally made it to the top of the pile & I got her all stitched up this week. I am in love.

I have long  had a bit of a quilter girl crush (not in a creepy / stalky way Kate!) on Kate’s  style of quilting & the seemingly effortless way she has of putting fabrics together that just works.

Making this pattern is like having Kate make a quilt for you. True. Her recipe for  fabrics & placement is just right & the simple way it all comes together in an orderly but random style is spot on.

A back pieced from leftovers, some essex linen, a  blue solid  from the opp shop & some relaxed quilted lines kept it simple.

finished size approx 65″ x 65″.  I just kept making blocks until one of the fabrics ran out!

There’s a real mish-mash of fabrics in this one! As I was  piecing fabrics for my geometric quilt, I got to thinking about fabric choices & the hows & whys.

I really like to  mix up different textures, fabric type & vintage.  If I like a fabric I just like it regardless of trends, fibre content or age.  This quilt & the fabrics in it is a case in point.

While some of the fabrics were purchased new, four of them are from the Opp shop(thrift store/charity shop) two of which have been in the stash for probably about 9 years (me a hoarder?! ;)). I just loved them and knew I would find the right recipe for them one day. There’s something about hunting for fabric treasure at the opp shop –  a game of chance, you never know what is going to turn up and what you find can spark all sorts of ideas and send you on wonderful stitchy adventures.

1, 2, 8 & 9 all from the Opp shop. 1 is a silky slinky dress fabric, 2 a fine corduroy (that I made this dress out of too!), 8 a super soft cotton/linen ticking blend & 9 a thin natural linen with floral print.
3 – a cute little rosebud print on linen/cotton blend  from Unique Shiny.
4 – my winning yardage from the Umbrella Prints Trimmings Challenge last year. That blue and the simple heart screen print design  is just something I know I will love forever.
5,6 & 7 – mid weight linens from the Fabric Store. Colours are blue bonnet, natural & meadow. I just can’t go past linen, it’s texture & crumpled-ness is so yum.
10 – Liberty tana lawn of course. It had to be. I had huge & fabulous help from Jo, she was beyond awesome. I gave her my colours & she came up trumps with Isis. Perfection.

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Gegorgia February 26, 2012 at 3:03 pm

It’s beautiful Nova! Your wall is the perfect backdrop for it too. :-) I would never have guessed that there were so many different fabrics in it at first glance.


Kate February 26, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Nova, you have done such a wonderful job on this!

Your fabric selection is spot on and the quilting sets the whole thing off.

You are lucky I live in another state…any closer and I would be jumping through your back door to nab this one.

Beautiful x


Kelly Rodgers February 26, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Nova – I love your choice of fabrics and the pattern is just gorgeous. Just looking at it soothes my soul and makes me want to snuggle up in it.
Just perfect!


Kerry February 26, 2012 at 7:08 pm

This quilt is all about the mix, the different sizes of squares and rectangle, the different tones of blue, the different textures, the pattern scales- lovely!


Flying Blind February 26, 2012 at 7:15 pm

It is possibly one of the most relaxed and happy quilts I have seen – wonderful xxx


Katy February 26, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Wow, a 9 year gestation period is pretty impressive! Looks great though, a very comfy, homey quilt


Rachel February 27, 2012 at 1:58 am

Lovely! It turned out wonderfully!


krista February 27, 2012 at 3:25 am

It’s really lovely and calming! My favorite fabrics in the bunch are the black and white stripe, the liberty, and the blue hearts. But every piece in there belongs with one another!


heather February 27, 2012 at 5:03 am

damn girl… this one is chic!!

real nice!! xoxo



Lorraine February 27, 2012 at 8:33 am

I too love this mix of fabrics , so lovely .
When I go to the op shop all I come across are shiny , pongy synthetics but that’s the GC for you :{


Kirsten February 27, 2012 at 11:15 am

So beautiful Nova – love the mix of blues with the linen!!


Donna Becker February 27, 2012 at 11:31 am

You really have great luck finding fabrics at the thrift shops! I seldom find any in our thrift shops, but I do come across some great buys at yard and garage sales (here in Ohio yard sales are a major market in the summer months!). One time I stumbled across a garage sale being held by a lady who used to own a quilt shop. I bought tons and tons of quality fabric for … are you ready … $3 a yard! Plus, I scored some notions as well and a couple of sewing patterns. Yippee!
I really enjoy your blog, so keep going! You’re inspiring me to all kinds of adventures.


diane stanley February 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm

This is so fabulous. I love everything about it


Jodi February 27, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Fabulocity! And thanks for sharing what the fabrics are! They’re wonderful!


Vicki K February 28, 2012 at 2:30 am

This fabric combo is great!! And I love the back as well. Thanks for the up-close on the fabrics – they really ‘play well together’!!


Krista - Poppyprint February 28, 2012 at 3:37 pm

It all just looks so soft and blueish and dreamy!


Franziska February 28, 2012 at 4:48 pm

I take it. You made again a quilt for me, right? I like it a lot! *sigh*
I thought over fabric choices recently, too. Especially after reading a post where the person wrote that every fabric will play it’s role in a project, also if it’s not a favourite anymore. I played with fabric inspiration by my stash and was surprised positively.
Currently I’m using a bed sheet from my grandma for a quilt. So I’m doing some thrift fabric using as well, don’t I?


Molly February 29, 2012 at 3:13 am

So pretty! I love your fabric choices. They look great together. And that pattern is fantastic. I’m going to have to try it :)


Hollie March 4, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Oooh! I just love this. It’s gorgeous!


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