From the moment I saw a Single Girl quilt, I knew I wanted to make one. Early this summer I finally started making one out of my mega-stash of Denyse Schmidt fabrics. After seeing Chase's beautiful version using low volume prints, a match was made in heaven as far as I was concerned.
The quilt has been finished for a few weeks, but I needed a good place to take photos. I should have learned my lesson from shooting the Clam Shell quilt at the beach, but we decided to incorporate a week night date and a trip to the beach to see the big surf going on in Orange County this week. It was an added bonus that there was a gorgeous sunset, too. So Mr. Romance had a double date with me and a Single Girl. Trying to take photos of a quilt at the beach is like trying to fly by holding a sail; it's not easy and you can't really get a proper shot. But I still love all the photos that we took, so this post is photo heavy.
I used pieces from all of my Denyse Schmidt collection including Hope Valley, Flea Market Fancy, Katie Jump Rope, Chicopee, Shelburne Falls, Ansonia and DS for Joann's. I also have a good stash of low volume prints from my Inside Voices Club, so this combination just was screaming to be made into a quilt.
I will admit these curves gave me a few headaches. I used glue basting sometimes and really did not notice a difference on this quilt. I love glue basting, but this time not so much. I took my time paper piecing the 4 inch squares I had cut out of each fabric onto the arcs and then sewed the inside low volume print and finally the outside arc with a different low volume print. I used vellum paper for the paper piecing. It is easy to see through for placing the fabric and it tears easily after you're finished sewing the arcs. I removed the papers from the arcs before sewing the inside and outside low volume prints to the arcs. This is a super scrappy quilt and I love the way it came together.
I quilted it with "crazy 8's" in horizontal rows across the quilt. They are very wonky but created a lovely texture on this quilt. The backing is a print from Flea Market Fancy that I had been hoarding in anticipation of another Denyse Schmidt quilt. The final bit of DS fabric used was an aqua print from Joann's for the binding.
You'll notice the label is not personalized. I was originally making this quilt for my granddaughter's 12th birthday last week, but then decided the irony of a Single Girl quilt might be lost on her. I was going to say, "This is the last quilt I am making you until I make you a double wedding ring quilt when you get married" But seriously, 12 year olds don't need to think about getting married and she wouldn't know a Single Girl quilt from a Double Wedding Ring quilt, anyway. Instead she got clothes and cash. I might save it for her and give it to her in a few years, or maybe I'll keep it for myself. I do love the way it turned out. Either way, it will be loved.
Name: Double Date
Pattern: Denyse Schmidt's Single Girl pattern, altered to make a paper pieced version
Fabrics: All Denyse Schmidt fabric including Flea Market Fancy, Katie Jump, Hope Valley, Ansonia, Shelburne Falls, Chicopee, and DS for Joann's. Low volume prints from stash.
Batting: Warm and White
Backing: Flea Market Fancy print
Binding: Aqua print DS for Joann's
Thread: pieced and quilted with Aurifil 50 wt. #2310
Finished size: 56" x 78"
This is my second completion for my 3rd quarter Finish Along List. 2 down/2 to go!