The day has finally arrived - the big reveal day for the projects I have made with Rambling Rose, a new line of fabric by Tanya Whelan for Free Spirit Fabrics!
When Free Spirit contacted me back before Christmas to see if I would like to help promote another line of fabric for them, of course I said YES! It's so much fun to play with a new line of fabric and come up with fun designs - and it really stretches me out of my comfort zone sometimes. That's a good thing!
Rambling Rose is a beautiful line of fabrics - soft pastels in white, pink, and light blue, with a few robin's egg blue and reds thrown in for spice. Paired with Tanya Whelan's trademark roses, they have a distinctly feminine flair! As with all Free Spirit fabrics, they have a lovely hand, and sew up beautifully. You can read Tanya's own thoughts about her fabric line on the Free Spirit Fabrics blog by clicking here.
As cute as this block is, I was looking for something on a larger scale, so I re-designed it as a one-block quilt. I'm really loving the way this turned out!
I chose Kona Honeydew as the background fabric. Its springlike green was the perfect complement for these fabrics.
I used fussy-cut bands of the Gingham Ticking fabric for the border, and Framed Rosebuds for the binding.
The front of the quilt only used ten of the prints, though, and I wanted to show all of them - so I made a simple charm squares back for this quilt using all twenty-one prints!
Lots of swirled quilting gives it lovely texture, too!
But with two little girlies of my own, and all that beautiful feminine fabric, I couldn't stop at just a quilt!
A pair of twirly skirts were definitely in order...
I just love the boots with them, don't you?
I made a pair of reversible headbands to coordinate with their skirts, too!
You can really see the back of the quilt in this picture - all those beautiful prints made for a lovely and totally reversible quilt - and a great picnic blanket!
A wonderful place for a tea party...
...even when your "tea" is roses!
Aren't little girl knees the cutest?
I also made some sweet little hexie trinket bowls...
...and a rope bowl, wrapping the clothesline with narrow strips of the fabric used on the quilt front. See that little nosegay on the lip of the bowl? I found the dark green leaves, made of glass and wire, tucked away in my stash of antique buttons. I don't know where they came from, but they were certainly perfect for this project!
I had so much fun playing with this fabric - the beautiful colors and designs were certainly a welcome change from the winter weather we've been experiencing! So if you need a little something to brighten your day, look for some Rambling Rose - it's guaranteed to do the job!
My sweet little models certainly like it!!
And now for the fun stuff!
I have two bundles of Rambling Rose (eighteen fat quarters in each) left over from my projects. Who wants one? Here's how to get in the running...
1. Leave a comment below. Let's make it interesting - if you have a smart phone, open up a new message and tap the center autofill box five or six times. What message did you get? Mine was "The first thing is to make"! If you don't have a smart phone, tell us what you do to beat the mid-winter blues.
2. If you're a follower of my blog, leave a second comment for an additional entry in the giveaway.
That's it - easy peasy! I'll draw two winners next Sunday and post them on Monday, January 30th.
Thanks for joining me for the big reveal! It's been fun, hasn't it?
NOTE: There will be a tutorial for this quilt during the Stunning Stars Quilt Along, which begins 1/29/17 and goes for six weeks, through 3/5/17. I'm not sure which week yet, so check them all! There will be six different quilts featured, all with a star theme. And there are links to the tutorials for the skirts, headbands, trinket dishes, and rope bowl on this post.