Fabric Challenge from Windham Fabrics

Broken Stripes Collection by Windham Fabrics
THEY SAID: Laura and I were just talking about you yesterday!  Do you remember all the mini quilts we had hanging in the booth at Spring Market?  We are hoping to do the same this for this fall
and wondered if you would be interested in sewing a mini quilt for us with one of the new collections? Rules are 18 x 18 inches, and be as IMAGINATIVE as you want!  :)

I SAID: Sure. Just send some companion fabrics.

Solids from the New Colonies Collection
See those samples in the first picture? About 1/8 yard each (maybe)! That meant that I had to make sure my cuts were intentional. No mistakes allowed. But I love a challenge!

What did I come up with? Tightknit Circles

Tight Knit Circles by Debby Kratovil

WOW!! I am amazed!  I thought for sure you couldn't do anything that would look good with all those fabrics together, and boy have you proved me wrong! 

Thanks Debby!  This is excellent!  :)

I had to laugh! It's like that cereal commercial where 3 little kids are sitting at the breakfast table with a bowl of new stuff and two of them argue back and forth as to which one should take the first taste.

"You eat it."

"No, you eat it."

"Let Mickey eat it!" and they push the bowl over to Mickey who takes the plunge.

I chose NOT TO USE those New Colonies solids and opted for a creamy white instead. Simple is the way to go.

I've been sewing for Windham Fabrics for about 8 years. Sometimes I create flops, but as long as they don't tell me WHAT to sew but just to put the fabrics together, I'm really able to let the fabrics dictate what they want to become.

The little quilt is in their New Jersey office ready to be shipped off to Fall Market to display in their booth. I'm offering no pattern here (yes, this is patterned - no loosey - goosey, free-wheeling cutting here) because I'm hoping a magazine will pick it up for publication. That's how I make my living, so I'm just showing it as eye candy.

But here is a free pattern made with the New Colonies Solids (I posted this before, but it's worth repeating).
Fractured Jewels Free Pattern
I had such a happy time making and quilting this. Hope you enjoyed seeing it! 


  1. Wow. the colors are awesome and your little quilt is beautiful. I may have to find a bit of this collection.

  2. Beautiful quilt. I can see these used in a pickle dish pattern - how awesome.

  3. This is stunning. The colors and patterns all work so well with the quilt stitching. Creative Fabric Bliss...

  4. Too funny... so glad you proved them wrong. Your little quilt is bright, happy, and delightful... great job!

  5. Denny, it was Mikey that ate the cereal.

    Nice quilt you made for Moda.

  6. you certainly have done a very eye catching mini quilt here

  7. wow, beautiful. you really pulled this one off with a bang. you did it again. so awesome. I love how you made it look like it is radiating out. and your FMQ just makes it look all that more awesome. good luck on having it picked up by a magazine.

  8. Your quilt SHOULD be picked up by a magazine because it is just stunning in design and fabrics! Beautiful quilting, too!

  9. I love your design. You answer every challenge so beautifully!


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