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!