Introducing Arcadia Avenue! November 04 2014, 6 Comments

Okay, so most of you have already seen this quilt a few times! But we thought we could have an Arcadia Avenue week to answer some questions about the pattern and share some details about each quilt. We have 5 different versions to share with you, and today we are kicking it all off with this gorgeous version that is on the cover! 

Here are a few quick facts:

  • The blocks are paper-pieced. If you can sew on a line, you can make this quilt! Check out how easy paper-piecing is.
  • The book contains full-sized foundations for all 12 unique blocks.
  • The pillow pattern is not included in the book, but the tutorial is coming this weekend, so be sure to stop back by! 
  • There are no special rulers needed to make the blocks. A 60° triangle is recommended for the setting triangles, but not necessary. 
  • There are absolutely no Y-seams!
  • Arcadia Avenue will only be available as a physical book, no PDF versions. 
  • The book includes exact cutting for each section of the foundations.
  • We will not be kitting any of the quilts, but if you know of a store who is, please let us know. We have heard from a few people who would love kits!
  • For those without a participating local quilt store, we will be hosting a Quilt-Along starting in January if would like to sew along with us. Quilt stores are more than welcome to join too! The more the merrier!

Now let me tell you a little bit about my process making this version of Arcadia Avenue. I originally mocked up the quilt in a rainbow of colors, so when I went to choose fabrics, it was easy pickins!  I chose 12 different Dear Stella Mini Confetti Dots to create gradating color. For the three constant fabrics, I used a white Solid for the light, a grey Sunburst Stripe for the medium and a Solid charcoal for the dark. I chose two light background fabrics that blend together: a Sunburst Stripe and a Confetti Dot.

I love foundation piecing. I find it relaxing once I get into the motion. When I got on a role, I get pretty quick! And the results you can achieve with paper piecing is amazing! There are so many shapes and perfect points you just can't achieve without a little paper. 

Once I had this quilt top made, I handed it over to my personal quilter, my Mom  (just kidding!). She quilted each block differently and then doodled in the background. There are lots of words quilted in there, like: Sassafras Lane Designs, colorful, inspiring, Arcadia Avenue, limitless, love, peace, sassy, caffeine, coffee, happiness, etc.

Be sure to check back all week to hear about the rest of the Arcadia Avenue quilts from the makers themselves! Thanks for stopping by!