Hello quilting friends!
Do I have a treat for you! I personally have never eaten fruitcake, but when the Fat Quarter Shop asked for volunteers to make their adorable new Fat Eighth Fruitcake quilt I couldn’t resist.
The hardest part of the whole process was selecting which fabric to use! I wanted lots of color choices in my fabric bundle. Ultimately I chose “Midnight Garden” by One Canoe Two. I love how the blues, greens, peaches and yellows all work together and compliment one another.
I did end up buying a little extra yardage for more variety in the quilt top as I chose not to use the low volume fabric pieces that came in the fabric bundle (as the background fabric was low volume as well.
I ironed all of my fabric pieces. Oh, how I love to iron! I have Netflix going on the TV (binge-watching the new Sabrina episodes) as I merrily starch and press all my fabric pieces flat and crisp!
Next, I grouped my prints, stacked the fabric and started cutting. This part took the longest for me. But once all of the fabric was cut, I was ready to assemble. I am not really a chain-piecing kind of girl. I NEED more instant satisfaction than that. So I made myself a deal—I would work in groups of five fabrics, chain piece all of them and then assemble those blocks. It worked great!
Once all of my blocks were done, I played with block placement (for what seemed like forever) until I found an arrangement that worked for me! Then I sewed the blocks into rows and the rows together to make the quilt top!
Now on to quilting! My first thought was an all-over meandering pattern, but after looking at all of the straight and angled lines of the blocks, I decided to quilt straight lines on the diagonal. I got out my handy-dandy 1/4” masking tape and I was off!!!
Applying the masking tape proved to be quite time consuming. I used my Janome 6600 to quilt this Fat Eighth Fruitcake. The end result was beautiful straight lines (exactly what I was going for), so well worth the time and effort!
My original plan was to bind the quilt using one of the extra pieces of yardage I bought, but once the top was done, I decided to go with a scrappy binding—my first time doing a scrappy binding! I think it compliments the quilt beautifully!
And here is the finished Fat Eighth Fruitcake quilt! This pattern makes a beautiful quilt. The pattern is easy to follow and came together quickly. I think it would work well using a fabric bundle (like I did) or scrappy! Either way, you will enjoy the process as well as the end product!
Thank you Fat Quarter Shop! And to see others Fat Eighth Fruitcake quilts check out these hashtags: #fqsquiltalong #shortcutquilt #fateighthfruitcakequilt