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Caitlin's Rifle Paper Co. Quilt

I'm not sure if you've heard, but Rifle Paper Co. fabric is here! We've all been anxiously awaiting its arrival, and the time is now!

Caitlin's XOXO Rifle Paper Co. Quilt

Pattern: The XOXO Quilt by Green Bee Patterns
Materials: 16 fat quarters from Rifle Paper Co.'s Les Fleurs, 1.75 yards background fabric, .5 yards binding fabric, 4 yards backing fabric
Size Made: Throw

I've been a fan of Anna Bond's illustrations for years. I've often wished they would release a fabric line so I could get the opportunity to sew with their beautiful prints. It turns out dreams really do come true, and I'm so glad Cotton + Steel picked up Rifle Paper Co. as their first guest designer.

 


If you've seen Anna's work, you'll recognize Rifle's signature aesthetic in Les Fleurs - bold, whimsical, and completely amazing. The line features 13 quilting cottons, 4 cotton lawns, 3 rayons, and 5 cotton/linen canvas prints. Each and every print is amazing on its own, but I scooped up a fat quarter bundle so I could stitch up a quilt.

I really wanted a quilt that was fat quarter friendly and would allow me to play with almost all of the prints, so I settled on The XOXO Quilt by Green Bee Patterns. I ended up using my favorite 11 quilting cottons, all 4 lawns, and added a touch of Sprinkle in Black Cat for good measure. The background fabric is a soft and dreamy Cloud 9 Cirrus Solid in the color Ash. I backed the entire quilt in my favorite print from the collection, Birch in Periwinkle, and bound it with the Sprinkle print that I love so much. I really love how the dark binding frames the patchwork.

This quilt had a few "firsts" for me. This was my first attempt at basting and quilting an entire quilt. I ended up quilting diagonally in a grid pattern, mimicking the patchwork on the quilt. I didn't even bother marking my lines - the blocks are small enough that I didn't need to, and I'm really pleased with the not-so-perfect results. I also attached the binding entirely by machine. After sewing the binding to the front, I folded it over to the back, and stitched in the ditch, making sure to catch the back of the binding as I went along. It was super fast, and I may never go back to hand stitching binding again! 

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