This week, I'm sharing the project I made for the Oakshott Scandinavia Challenge over on Sew Mama Sew! When Kristin and Beth announced that the next challenge was Scandinavian designs, I flipped right to my sketchbook page littered with motifs from the movie Frozen (have I ever mentioned how much I love Disney movies? Because I do). I love the clean, modern look of the architecture in that film (I also love the rosemaling accents in the film, which is drastically different, but there you have it).
The Scandinavia Oakshott Cottons are a rainbow of calm, glittering colors; they give off an ethereal feel. If you've never worked with Oakshott, you must! These shot cottons really do shimmer in the light and they are so easy to work with. They quilt up beautifully, too:
Bound in Stockholm, the darkest color of the bunch.
The backing: I pieced together scraps in a rainbow cascade. Now this table topper is double-sided and ready to be used this winter. My mom wants to hang it on a wall - whatever works for her. :)
I decided the middle squares needed something special, so I searched my sketchbook for some mandala or medallion inspiration. Nothing (now I'm inspired, though, so that might change).
Then, I went to Google (oh, wise Google), typed in "mandala coloring books," and found Quality Kid's Crafts. I printed out the first PDF because it was exactly what I was looking for! I simply scaled the image down, pinned it to the quilt, and quilted right through the paper. In the past, I had done this for Shirley's Stars with great success in my book.
It was not easy getting the paper out of the small middle sections, but it was worth it (I found another use for my seam ripper, at least. Eternal optimist here).
Quilting brings peace of mind.
Thank you Oakshott and Sew Mama Sew for providing the fabrics for this challenge. It was great fun! Make sure to check out all the other challengers this week!
Jessica Skultety from Quilty Habit (that's me!)
Jennifer Fullteron from Never Just Jennifer
Mary Kolb from Mary on Lake Pulaski
Casey York from The Studiolo
Caitlin Topham from Salty Oat