16 Oct The game’s afoot!
For my latest version of the Sherlock Quilt, I was inspired by the trendy sweet and soft Halloween colours I have been seeing for the last few years (who knew pink and lavender could be considered Halloween colours?!)
I selected 5 colours from the Texture collection by Riley Blake Designs. I used Orange, Flamingo, Superpink, Orchid, and Heather. Aren’t they perfect together?
I chose to make my new Sherlock Quilt with this collection because the quilt design is based on a traditional houndstooth motif. Houndstooth is traditionally made with tight woven wool so the Texture fabric adds to the woven effect. The name Sherlock is a nod to the literary character Sherlock Holmes, known for wearing a houndstooth deerstalker cap.
For my background fabric, I selected Confetti Cottons in Charcoal. I think it coordinates perfectly with the Texture palette.
The pattern is very beginner friendly, and blocks are made combining squares with strip-pieced blocks. The first thing I did was cut my fabrics into strips. Doesn’t it look like I made my own jelly roll?
Here is a work in progress photo of all my strip-pieced sets. I am loving seeing the fabrics working so well together.
Next up, I chopped up the remaining fabric into squares.
The rest of the quilt process came together very quickly as I cut the strip-pieced sets into square blocks and started assembling them into rows on my design wall.
For my quilting I used 4 different thread colours, following along the diagonal lines of the houndstooth blocks. The way the different threads compliment the fabric adds extra dimension to the overall woven look of the quilt.
I took my finished Texture Sherlock Quilt outside for some “quilts in the wild” photos to bring some colour to an otherwise grey day. I can’t wait to cuddle up under it while watching spooky movies and eating fun size candy bars.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my process of making my Texture Sherlock Quilt. If you’d like to make your own version of the Sherlock Quilt, the pattern is available in my shop, click the button: