Weight for it...
My friend, Alex, at HoffMama Company recently asked me to test her newest quilt pattern, Weighted, and I couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out. When I shared pictures on Instagram, I got A LOT of inquires about the colors I used, so I thought I would take this opportunity to share that info and my thoughts on the pattern itself.
Fast, Fun and Beginner-Friendly
First let me tell you that this is the PERFECT pattern for new quilters. There are no seams to match up, no tricky cuts. All you need is a consistent 1/4" seam. Alex has taken the traditional rail fence quilt block pattern and given it a contemporary refresh with clever use of color placement. Let me show you some examples!
She originally designed the two color version to look like dumbbells as a quilt for her fitness-enthusiast sister, thus the name, Weighted.
Next, she added an ombre version that has a completely different look and draws your eye from the top to the bottom of the quilt.
All the Colors, Please!
Since I had just added a bunch of new colors of Art Gallery PURE Solids to my stash, I decided this was the perfect opportunity to use as many of them as possible! If you’ve been following me for any amount of time then you’ve probably noticed how often I like to use PURE Solids. There's a simple reason for this: they feel like butter. Soft, silky, colorful no-fat butter. 😊
Here's a list of the colors I used in my version of the quilt. You can find every one of them online at StashFabrics.com.
Cut, Piece, Quilt!
The cutting and piecing is done in a flash . All the strips are the same size, which made cutting fast and easy, especially with my Stripology ruler (affiliate link). Can a girl have a crush on ruler? Is that weird? I LOVE THIS THING. Besides my Bernina, this ruler has been the best investment I’ve made in quilting tools. Not only does it cut 1.5" and 2.5" strips in seconds, it also does those awkward 1.25 or 1.75" cuts in a flash. Did I mention it also subcuts rectangles and squares?! If you get one, make sure you checkout the tutorials on YouTube. This is the video that sealed the deal for me.
The magic happens during the layout and Alex took great pains to create an easy-to-follow, full color illustration to show where each piece goes. It came together so quickly!
I used the ‘stipple' stitch on my machine with the walking foot to quilt a wavy, on point grid that complimented the flow of the piecing. The quilting is by no means dense, so I was pleasantly surprised at how much texture and movement it created.
My thread is Glide 40 wt in Lemon Ice (pale yellow) which blended so well with all of the colors in the quilt!
I lost track of how many versions Alex made herself, and the other pattern testers did a great job of creating both the two color and modern variations of this pattern. Be sure to follow the #weightedquilt on Instagram to see them all!
Amanda @quiltcakes made this two color version in about a day, and she has a toddler! I swear, besides Alex, she is the fastest quilter I know.
Judy @beach_quilter, made this gorgeous version with beachy vibes! Check out her profile for more pictures of this beauty on the shores of California.
And this jaw dropping sunset ombre version from Syd @squilting convinced me that I need to make a throw version for myself. Believe it or not, Alex promises the throw comes together faster than the baby quilt because of the larger block size.
Julie @thelittlepineneedle made the pillow cover included in the pattern and I love the way she used low volume prints as solids! I might actually be inspired enought to make my first pillow cover!
The Weighted Quilt pattern includes so many sizes, from pillow cover to king size, PLUS a bonus quilt pattern to use the scraps from the throw size or larger quilts! The baby quilt I made was very low waste, just enough to make a couple of mug rugs!
If you want an incredibly versatile, low waste pattern with big impact that comes together quickly, the Weighted Quilt is a must-have. It's easy to whip up a baby quilt using your stash, or a big quilt for your own bed in a short amount of time! And there is a quiltalong starting March 16th!
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