TGIF, or as I like to say Thank Goodness It's Finished! I am SO happy to share with you a quilt that is officially done, poor thing was waiting on binding forever.
This is one of my favorite Increase quilts to date: The Essex Linen version. If you have been following me for a while you know that the two fabrics I use the most in quilting are solid white and black essex linen by Robert Kaufman fabrics.
These are my favorite basics - the minimalist look - the texture of the linen - it's just the best.
I knew when making this particular quilt that I wanted a very minimalist version and one that would fit in well with our home decor.
Get a copy of the Increase pdf pattern or printed pattern.
The Increase Quilt takes a traditional plus block quilt and makes it modern. You can use different blocks for color value change or scale of a pattern in a printed fabric. This is a fun one for both confident beginners and those who love a clean and minimalist look.
Increase Quilt Essex Linen Fabric Information
For the background of the quilt I used an Essex yarn dyed black linen by Robert Kaufman - the one thing I will recommend when using this particular fabric is to make sure that you definitely have enough for the project that you are working on. The dye lots are hit and miss and there is a big chance you will order more fabric and it not match perfectly.
For the plus shapes I used a Kona white solid and the background a fun print by Carolyn Friedlander that I thought would be a perfect match!
You can find all of these fabrics below:
For this quilt I wanted to keep it pretty simple but give the linen a bit of extra texture with my quilting.
I started with a horizontal straight line stitched at 2" apart. Using my walking foot and guide bar to keep me on track.
I then went vertically with a 1" straight line to make a bit of a rectangle grid pattern.
It still needed a bit extra so I did a diagonal straight line pass both directions creating an x pattern through the grid. Skipping every other line so it kept the pattern a bit looser.
I used a white thread that blended nicely with the essex linen and melted into the white plus shapes.
I quilted this on my Janome 6700p machine - my favorite!!
Essex Linen Quilt Images
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