Beautiful fabrics making my heart and my sewing machine sing

Moda Mirabelle fabrics by Fig Tree & Co.

I am so enjoying using these beautiful fabrics. The fabric range is called ‘Mirabelle’, designed for Moda by Fig Tree & Co. I bought the charm pack and jelly roll along with a couple of metres of background fabric several years ago. I’d been inspired by the Missouri Star Quilt Company’s ‘Square in a Square’ quilt video tutorial.

Square in a Square block detail (2) by Allison Reid
I’m having great trouble getting the true colours of these fabrics despite taking the quilt top outside for the best natural light…

Like so many things, the charm pack and jelly roll were stashed away, occasionally patted and fondled but then returned to their hiding place with a little sigh and wistful mental note, ‘One day, one day!’ Well! in April the ‘one day’ arrived and I took the fabrics along to a monthly sewing day to begin cutting and sewing – the fabrics were admired – those warm, dusky shades of peach, apple green and cream really are very appealing. At the end of the day the half completed blocks and unused fabrics were carefully packed into a project box to await the next sewing day…

The May sewing day came around last Thursday 🙂 As I recorded in Saturday’s post I did complete the blocks – forty in all. I made the decision to make two lap-sized quilt tops using twenty blocks each rather than one large quilt. Over the Bank Holiday weekend I cut the sashing strips and joined the blocks together. One quilt has the border sashing strips added the other is up on the design wall awaiting the addition of the border strips.

Square in a Square with sashing borders (2) by Allison Reid


MSQC Square in a Square quilt

The MSQC quilt has a pieced inner border made from the jelly roll strip left-overs and a broad outer border of fabric from the range used in the the quilt centre. For my quilts I’m leaning towards having just one 4″ border of a plain fabric. The Mirabelle fabrics are long out of production and now hard/impossible to find so I’m hoping to match up a colour using a solids range. Maybe one quilt will have a green border with peachy pink binding and the other will be reversed – peachy pink border and green binding? It will depend what I find on my next fabric shopping trip… Dear Daughter and I are planning to meet up and have a girly day in Salisbury so I’ll take a look in Franklins while we are there (I have to go into the shop anyway – just to feast my eyes on ‘my’ Juki dream machine… :-D).

Are the fabrics you are currently working with taking you to your happy place?

Linking with Beth at Laugh, Love Quilt for Monday Making. Beth is busy knitting yarn scraps to make a colourful blanket.



2 thoughts on “Beautiful fabrics making my heart and my sewing machine sing

  1. I have quite a few fabrics that I pet, and when I saw this same tutorial I thought it would be a great project. I only thought about it; you did it! Your quilts turned out lovely!

    • Thanks Laura! I’m afraid I have far more fabrics to pat and projects to dream about than I have time! But it’s good to dream and have some projects tucked away waiting for just the right moment! The MSQC Square in a Square pattern is ideal for sewing days or other times where you don’t want to be concentrating too hard 🙂


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