17 Feb Rebel Girl Quilt
Have you seen this incredible Rebel Girl fabric collection designed by Lysa Flower for Paintbrush Studio Fabrics? It speaks to the ’90s teenager in me on a personal level. When I was in high school I was the bass player in a punk band with a few of my friends (I was the “token girl” in the group). I had a part-time job through university working in a musical instrument store and to this day, when I walk into that store the subtle smell instantly takes me back to those days. (If you’re a musician, you probably know what I mean. I can’t describe it, but I swear amps, drums, and guitars have a distinctive smell.) But I digress…
I met Lysa through Instagram and in person at QuiltCon 2020 where we had a great chat about fabric, music, food (my 3 favourite things!). This past October when she told me she had a new fabric collection coming out and asked if I would like to design a quilt for it, I jumped at the chance. I cranked up the tunes to get my creative juices flowing and immediately knew that my design should reflect the connection to the music and culture that inspired her fabric design.
I decided that with the large scale of some of the prints that the quilt design should ideally show off the prints in a big way. I came up with the idea of a “vinyl collection” design. I got to work laying out my concept using Lysa’s fabric artwork and designing the vinyl blocks. When Paintbrush Studios sent me the pre-release fabric, I immediately got cutting, sewing, pressing, arranging, and genuinely loving every step of the process.
Here are a few of my progress shots:
My quilt top came together quite quickly once I had all my vinyl blocks made up because the “album covers” are just 12″ blocks which require no piecing.
I got to pin basting and figuring out how I wanted to quilt it. I decided to do straight diagonal quilting that followed the angle of the highlight in the vinyl blocks.
And here it is, my finished Rebel Girl quilt! I can’t tell you how excited I am about how it turned out. My teenage kids are both fighting over who gets to keep it.
And a few close-ups of the quilting…
And the best part is the pattern is available for the low, low price of FREE over at Paintbrush Studios website!
UPDATE: April, 2021 — My Rebel Girl Quilt was published in the “Out There” feature of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine, issue #96. Whoohoo!
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