Monday, June 13, 2022


So with the graduation celebration behind us, I can finally share the quilt I made for our goddaughter, Julia! In chatting with her about the kind of quilt she might like, she suggested a geometric design made in earth-tones - tan, gold, orange, sage. I hunted around for some ideas and shared several possible quilt patterns with her, and she immediately and emphatically chose "Pivot" by Modern Handcraft. I hadn't made Pivot before, but I was happy at Julia's choice, and it was on to considering fabric.

Wouldn't you know, just a day or so later, FabricBubb shared the Wild Forgotton Plus bundle from her shop, which I immediatly shared with Julia, and we were on to something. Much of the fabric in the bundle was from Bonnie Christine's Wild Forgotten line, of course; but there were others too, including a couple of wovens from Diamond Textiles, which added a nict texture to the quilt. There was also a Kitchen Window Woven from Elizabeth Hartman, one of Lori Holt's Cross Stitch prints, and several solids, which I'm pretty sure were Cotton Couture Solids.

I needed just 14 of the fat quarters for the Pivot quilt, and for a background (and binding) I settled on one of prints in the bundle, Aerial in Blush from Bonnie Christine's Gathered collection. For the backing, I used Moonscape in Flax from Dear Stella, which also was in the original bundle, now that I think of it.

Throw size for the Pivot measured 60" x 70", which felt like a nice generous lap. For quilting, I went with a loose (2") grid, using the method I learned from @KitchenTableQuilting (see here; I chose the non-diagonal grid), which always seems to provide a high level of success. Thread was Aurifil 50wt #2021 [Natural White], which was a great match for the background fabric, but not overly obvious on all the focus fabrics.

So this was a fun project, where the sum of the parts - half-square triangles and quarter circles - definitely makes a statement. Plus it was especially nice using the pattern and fabric suggestions from my goddaughter.

OH! On the morning of the grad party, I was about to head off to the store to purchase a gift bag for the quilt, when it dawned on me that I had several fat-quarters of the fabric bundle left. I checked, and yes, a drawstring bag made with four of them would just fit the quilt! That meant that neither side, inside or out, would match, but I went with it, and before long, the quilted gift was all ready to go!


  1. I love the addition of the drawstring bag to gift the quilt in. I am sure that Julia is going to get so much love and use out of this quilt. The quilting looks like it leaves the quilt nice and soft.

  2. That is a cool pattern. I'm going to have to remember that one the next time I need inspiration. I love the quilt bag too. What a great idea.

  3. Perfect! and the photo is beautiful too. You caught some blue sky!

  4. I love this quilt design! No wonder she picked it when going for modern, geometric... which first made me surprised it was by you when showing up in my feed ;) Your gift and bag turned out beautiful and I hope she is very excited and it will be used and loved much! xo