I was thrilled to create a quilt featuring Sage, Bari J’s newest line for Art Gallery Fabrics. When I first started corresponding with Bari in early Oct., I knew that I needed to create a quilt that would show off the entire line.
At the time, I was participating in Rachel’s 30 Days of Quilt Design challenge. Stitched in Color has always been a source of motivation for me, and I ended up with 30 solid designs at the end of the challenge. I knew that the above design was the perfect starting point for Bari’s line.
I got to work using EQ7 to design the quilt as I waited for fabric to trickle in. It was my first time using the program for a specific project, not just for fun. There was a bit of a learning curve, and half the time I don’t know if I’ve actually saved my work, but I’m happy with the end result so I’ll be using EQ7 again!
With the pattern designed and the fabrics in, it was time to get sewing. As usual, the colors in Bari’s line are beautiful. They are saturated with rich color. The designs are so lovely, and there are so many fussy cutting options! Take a look at this particular fabric from the line – Coyote & Quail. Adorable.
A New Day is an intermediate to advanced quilt pattern that is made up of two distinct blocks. The quilt design works so well because of the contrast created when choosing fabrics for the two blocks. In the sample, I split Sage up into warm and cool colors, assigning each color grouping to its own block. Once I had finished all the warm blocks, I knew that the top was going to come together beautifully.
The cool colors seemed to pull the entire top together. There are 9 blocks total, and each block finishes at 24″ square, so this top comes together FAST. To me, this quilt gives just enough freedom to be really creative (the included coloring pages really give quilters an opportunity to test their options before diving in), and sews up fast enough to keep you interested and give you some instant gratification!
I bound A New Day in AGF Denim, and I am so glad that I did. It is a little slippery, but it was worth the extra effort. AGF Denim will now have a permanent place in my stash because it is so soft and buttery.
I am currently running a giveaway for A New Day on Instagram. You can find out more information over on my Instagram feed!
A New Day Quilt Pattern will be released in digital format on Saturday, December 31st. Head over to my shop to read more on the nitty gritty of the quilt, and to purchase your own copy.