her briar rose quilt

So I had a sweet pack of charm squares of Heather Ross‘ newest collection Briar Rose for Windham Fabrics.  I was so happy to flip through the tiny stack, the colors are just happy.  I really had wanted to start this quilt weeks ago, but of course other things always pop up!  I let the design ideas float through my brain.  Even considered making some patchwork boxes or a tote with these, but in the end a quilt for my new niece (born in July!) kept coming to mind.

I used almost the entire charm pack and made half square triangles for the middle section.  I played around with different design options and liked the layout with solids together and prints together.  So I sewed them up and decided to add the Essex Yarn Dyed for a little breathing room.

[Natalie modeling the quilt, very huggable.]

And I did spiral quilting!!!  I’ve been wanting to try it since I saw one from A Quilt is Nice, who I guess was inspired by this quilt from Handmade by Alissa, who in turn was inspired from this quilt from Denyse Schmidt.  Isn’t that crazy how design ideas trickle down?!  I really love the effect it gives and I think it unifies the quilt, at least I hope.

Pretty pink and a little bit of piecing for the binding complete it.  And I had gotten some yardage of Briar Rose just a few days ago and featured that on the backing.

Of course I have some plans for using up a few leftover HST’s, hopefully I’ll finish that little project tonight. ♥

Fabrics: charm pack Briar Rose by Heather Ross for Windham, Essex Yarn Dyed  in Flax, various solids (I wish I could tell you which ones I used, but I didn’t have any labeled – I had been in a monthly Solids Club from Pink Chalk Fabrics from a few years ago.), binding is Pure Elements by Art Gallery, quilted with Aurifil’s Simply Color in 28wt, loved it!

39 thoughts on “her briar rose quilt

  1. Very pretty Anna! I love the Essex frame and great quilting.

  2. mathea says:

    That’s really pretty – I love the on point setting with the grey fabric in the large triangles. It looks like your niece loves it too!

  3. Karen P. says:

    so, so beautiful!!!! I SIMPLY ADORE IT! you have a very lucky niece! 😉

  4. Caralee says:

    Very pretty! What are the finished dimensions?

    1. Anna says:

      thanks! it’s about 46″ by 46″

  5. mle says:

    Love it! The solids mixed really make it perfect!

  6. Tammy says:

    Very pretty! Did you use a walking foot or free motion foot for the quilting?

    1. Anna says:

      I used a walking foot with a guide bar. 🙂 Kerry’s got a great tutorial here: http://verykerryberry.blogspot.com/2013/03/quilting-spiral.html

  7. Esther F. says:

    This is so adorable! Great quilt and I love the spiral!
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  8. Cherie says:

    Oh, it’s perfect!! I love it. I have a charm pack of Briar Rose too and it’s destined to be a baby quilt, but I can’t, for the life of me, figure out what to do with it! Maybe I’ll just copy you 😛

  9. The strawberries are my favorite!

  10. PeppiTheCat says:

    wow, this must have been a lot of work. But it looks like it was worth it. I think it is very beautiful.

    Greets from Berlin

    Karin from peppithecat.blogspot.de

  11. Gorgeous! And I especially love the backing.

  12. Jenny says:

    Ahhhhhhhhh, I love it! It’s perfect.

  13. Oooh! It’s so pretty! I really love it!

  14. Vicki says:

    This quilt is wonderful. The colors are perfect!

  15. Um, yah, delicious. Love it!

  16. Brigit says:

    This is my favorite project that I have seen so far with Briar Rose. What a perfect design–I love how you balanced all those gorgeous colors with the white space. Love the hot pink binding, too!

  17. Nicole says:

    Beautiful quilt and I love the spiral quilting! A quilt for big boy bed is in my sewing future, so it’s great to have some beautiful designs for ideas!

  18. It’s beautiful! Can I ask you did you quilt that on a regular machine? Really love the spiral / circular effect but wondering can you do it on a regular Janome?

    1. Anna says:

      I did quilt it on my janome! It’s only tricky in the first bit in the center, but as you work your way out it gets easier! 🙂 Just use your walking foot with the guide bar attachment.

  19. Elsa says:

    Beautiful quilt ~ love Briar Rose.

  20. kristin says:

    it’s really perfect, anna! great design for those prints, and love the solids you mixed in too. it’s such a happy little quilt!

  21. Janelle says:

    seriously cute! What a fresh design too! So, I’m in the market for a new machine – my darling Bernina 800 is not long for the world. What machine are you doing your quilting on?

    1. Janelle says:

      haha, never mind. I need to start reading the other comments BEFORE I leave my own. I see you already answered.

  22. I love the Briar Rose collection, your quilt turned out beautiful .

  23. Cindy says:

    Beautiful quilt, Anna! I really need to pick up some of that Briar Rose- really gorgeous fabric! Thanks too for sharing the link for the quilting!:)

  24. Carolyn says:

    really pretty, Anna!

  25. Kelly O. says:

    this is stunning Anna!

  26. dana says:

    Fantastic! And beautiful photos.

  27. I love it. I kept scrolling down wanting to see more and more pictures. x

  28. Anonymous says:

    Well done! Very well done! I love the way you put the patched square on point onto the larger quilt. Kind of like a blanket on the beach, which fits with these summery fabrics. Great solid color coordinating!

  29. amandajean says:

    oh man, I Love this quilt! you are amazing, Anna! I still haven’t tried the spiral quilting, but it’s on my list. it looks so good on your quilt! love the solids you pulled to go with the briar rose. such a nice compliment to the already beautiful fabrics. well done!!!

  30. Kay Eyles says:

    This is just beautiful, I would love this myself. Your niece is a lucky baby.

  31. This is so pretty. I bet that gorgeous girl loves it!

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