I've been going crazy with the zakka style sew along ... it's been so much fun, and this week's project was no exception! I will say, however, that this week just about did me in, with the school year ending and all of the insanity that comes along with that. Or, should I say, that this week *saved* me from the end of the school year insanity? Because though I had to find time to work this week in, it was a peaceful retreat at the end of each day!
And so I present you with this week's project : the zakka block quilt, a.k.a. the Parisville Quilt. After coming across the walked quilted flickr group, I've decided that I'm going to have to start targeting picturesque spots that I can drag my husband to, so he can hold up my quilts, in the flickr group headless fashion.
I used Tula Pink's Parisville collection for this quilt, mainly because I succumbed to buying the entire set of fabric in 6" charms some time ago, and they ended up being perfect for this project! (French teacher = anything with the word "Paris" in the title must be purchased!).
The solid sashing is Kona cotton in Champagne, a rather nice color. It's darker than the usual Kona cottons I use but it definitely grew on me during the making of this quilt. I used the same Kona on the binding, which I usually don't do (I love a good polka dot binding!), but inspired by the original in the book, I thought I'd try it. I like it! It gives the entire quilt the look of a seamless canvas.
For the quilting, I mimicked the "fans" print of the collection and quilted some large scallops over the whole quilt. Don't judge me based on the close-up ... I keep telling myself practice makes perfect with free motion quilting! :)
For the backing, I used the "cameo sprout" print, and I do think it's just about perfect. Not quite wide enough, I added a strip of my remaining charm squares and a tad more Kona. I love the back!
In all, I made this quilt in under a week -- and an insane week at that! -- so I'm *definitely* keeping this pattern in mind for any quick quilts that I need to make in the future.