Do you have a curious nature?

28 Nov

At the end of September I bought a bundle of fabrics from Quilt Me Happy; prints from the Curious Nature by Parson Gray line:

Stashing Curious Nature

and some coordinating solids.

Kona solids

I’ve long admired the work of Parson Gray (aka David Butler), delighted to come across a line which was masculine but not novelty.

At this point I had a plan to make a quilt for my eldest brother (I have four brothers in total!) I’ve had a desire for a while to make a triangles quilt and this seemed like a good opportunity to carry that out.  I bought a 60 equilateral triangle ruler from Creative Grids, I’m sure I could have cut them using a normal straight ruler but I knew that it would be quicker and simpler to invest in a ruler and I’m really glad I did.

The layout didn’t take long, I decided to use the solids pointing down and the prints pointing up and laid all the blocks out on the living room floor, moved a few around and then piled them out ready to piece.

I really enjoyed the piecing, not so keen on the need to press each seam once sewn but my sewing space layout meant I could have the iron close at hand so it wasn’t the biggest hardship and the top was pretty quickly pieced:

Parson Gray

The backing possibly took me longer to piece! I had a stash of Nigella (Amy Butler) home decor weight fabric and thought it would work brilliantly for the back, once I pulled it from my stash I realised I didn’t have quick such big pieces as I thought so I did have to do a bit of piecing (and maybe a little stretching!).

Triangular Curious Nature - back

I quilted wonkily organcially approx 1/4″ either side of every seam line using Aurifil 2310 50 weight, it’s a fairly neutral colour and worked well with all the colours in the quilt. I bought a 15m roll of Super-Soft 70/30 Eco-Blend by Sew Simple and used some of it for the first time in this quilt. The quilt felt heavy while I was quilting it but some of that could be due to the weight of the home decor weight fabric too. The wadding seems denser than the Hobbs 80/20 that I’ve been using for the last few years, but it has a nice feel to it and the price of the Eco-Blend was good so I’m pleased that I made the investment.

Triangular Curious Nature

I’m amazed at how it looks from a distance. We went to the park on Saturday and Tobi went off and took photographs so I didn’t see it hanging up but was really surprised at the photographs, it looks a lot lighter than I was expecting and I love it.

Triangular Curious Nature

All I need to do now is label it and it’s all ready for gifting at Christmas. I had a stack of triangles left over, I hope to show you soon what I’ve done with them (although if you’re on instagram you might have already seen).

Quilt stats:
Pattern – made up as I went along
Fabrics – Curious Nature and Kona solids (specific fabrics listed here)
Binding – scrappy leftovers from yardage
Backing – a selection from Nigella by Amy Butler
Wadding – Super-Soft 70/30 Eco-Blend by Sew Simple
Quilting – Straight line by me on my Janome Horizon,
Size – Approx 60″ x 82″

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12 thoughts on “Do you have a curious nature?

  1. What a perfect quilt! I love the pattern, fabric and quilting!
    Are you now going to be getting quilt requests from your other brother? x

  2. The pattern is perfect for these fabrics. Absolutely beautiful make, M. The colors are beautiful and perfect for a fella.

  3. Great blog post title!
    Great quilt, I love how you’ve set out the solids and prints.
    I made my brother a quilt a couple of years ago and had to search high and low for appropriate fabrics, unfortunately it was a few months before this range came out otherwise I would have used it.
    I bet your brother will love it.

  4. Looks fabulous missus! I have done the cutting of equilateral triangles with a 6 1/2″ x 24 1/2″ ruler, and suffice to say, I now have a 60 degree ruler 😉

  5. What a great man quilt!I’m pretty sure I have some of this line in my stab somewhere I might have to put it aside to make a quilt for one of my (thankfully only) brothers. Perfaith x

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