Kim Andersson of I Adore Pattern has her first line of quilting cotton, Tidal Lace, debuting with Windham Fabrics this fall. I met Kim a few years back on a sewing weekend and our paths crossed again last fall at Quilt Market. I was incredibly flattered that she asked me to make something from her fabrics – what a treat!
The Tidal Lace collection is inspired by Kim's childhood experience in her grandmother's ballet shop, among trims and lace, along side her memories of tidal pools and the interesting bits of life they hold. The prints are whimisical and fresh, with soft color story that includes blues, greens, corals and soft golds. They vary in size from small scale to a larger border print – one which is printed in an ombre green on white. Gorgeous! There are a handful of solids that compliment the prints, as well, making them even more versatile to sew with.
When I saw the Tidal Lace collection, I knew that I wanted to make a quilt. I immediately thought of the traditional ocean wave block and could not get past it. Instead of making the quilt in the traditional manner, I decided to take my inspiration from that pattern and make something of my own. I played with smaller triangle on a larger wave, without the rigid structure of the traditional block. The result is the Tidal Wave quilt.
Made of all the prints and solids from Tidal Lace, the Tidal Wave quilt is made from half square triangles floating on a large, navy ground. Quilted with straight lines, it's very simple and straightforward. It's easy to put together and will be released as a free pattern by me in January. I used my Accuquilt Go! for a lot of the cutting and the instructions will include how to use it as well as traditional cutting instructions.
Be sure to check out all of the other goodies made from Tidal Lace in the collection's lookbook and on the rest of the stops of the blog hop:
AND….lucky you! Windham is generously offering a fat quarter bundle of Tidal Lace to one of my readers. This is open to US and International readers. Woot! To throw your name in the hat, please comment on this post and tell me what you would make with Tidal Lace. I'll close the comments on Sunday, September 21st at 5:00 p.m. EST. Good luck!