Saturday, June 29, 2013

Lantern Quilt Top: June Finish

Yay! My Good Fortune (by Kate Spain) lantern top is done, just in the nick of time to post my June finish and enter the Kate Spain blog hop. Phew. It's so peaceful and calming... I'm so happy with it!

I've designed 5 lantern blocks using jelly roll strips (if you're interested in your own quilt, see the bottom of this post!). Ever since I bought this jelly roll last summer(?), I wanted to make a lantern quilt. I searched Pinterest and blogs for ideas, but only really found this quilt (2nd on the page) from one of the 2011 Quilt Markets. Then, I decided to just try it all on my own. I set out to make a quilt solely with the jelly roll strips and background fabric. I'll be sharing more of the color theorizing/strategizing (which apparently isn't a word - good to know!) with this quilt soon.


 The blocks come together really easily. I wanted them to look like they were floating (I LOVE Tangled) (just click the link and watch the clip already! It's worth it!), so I placed them at different heights. Being the Kate Spain fabric-a-holic I am, I just couldn't let those extra jelly roll strips go to waste, so I decided to add them randomly as another modern element to the quilt. It makes it very assymetrical, and I love that. The other extra strips will go towards one more lantern on the back, and the binding.


Today Mike helped me take pictures in front of my mom's Gingko tree, which I thought was the perfect background. Actually, it was my second choice - we tried to go to a small park I love in a nearby town that has a pond and a bridge (:D) but we literally could not find it. It's sad to think that maybe the park has been built over  in the last couple of years? :(

And here's Mike showing me how cool the Kona Purple looks on the "color accent" camera mode. I am SO GLAD I didn't just go with my typical gray or white this time. I feel like the Kona Purple totally makes the quilt!:

I'm starting a Lantern-A-Long in July... stay tuned for more info this week! :D There will be prizes to win (as a little incentive!). Start thinking about what jelly roll/fabric-you'll-cut-into-2.5"-strips you want to use (and your background fabric! So important!).

Linking up to:

 A Lovely Year of Finishes
Kate Spain Blog Hop


  1. love the cool, modern feel of the quilt, and that blue really sets off the Kate Spain fabrics! awesome!

    -Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  2. Wow - I really like this Jessica! very pretty.

  3. Beautiful - I love that you used the leftover jelly roll strips!

  4. Can't wait to lantern along with you. I'll be pulling my Japanese prints tomorrow so I know what I'll need to stock up on.

  5. Looks good. Agree he purple makes the lanterns pop.

  6. Yes the purple makes this a show stopper!! Beautiful top!!!

  7. It turned out lovely! LOVE the purple, definitely an excellent choice. What kind of quilting are you planning?

  8. Such a wonderful quilt Jess. I love the colour of the background fabric too - it matches Good Fortune so nicely.

  9. i have a jelly roll of deb strain Meadow friend for moda with a red background that im using.

  10. did di miss the link up for this.. i cant get to it. ???


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