My design at Quilt Market!

Let me tell you a story…

I designed a block earlier in the year which won me first prize in the EQ7 competition in February using BasicGrey’s Fresh Cut line. Totally unexpected and amazing as there were some really good entries. As a result I won a stash download pack and a great book from Electric Quilt, plus a fat quarter bundle, jelly roll and charm pack from Moda of the line itself. This was brilliant as it meant I could cancel my preorder of the line because as I had said the month before, I was on a bit of a fabric diet and only was going to allow myself to buy Fresh Cut because I adore everything BasicGrey do and it was “non-negotiable”.

Original block...

Original block…

Now this led to something even more exciting. The two judges were Rachel and Allison from BasicGrey. A week or so later after I received my prizes, I received a surprise email from Allison to ask if I would be interested in selling them the same pattern, digitally creating a quilt layout, but updated with their next line of fabrics for Moda, Mon Ami, plus write the instructions to make it up. After carefully negotiating that I would indeed get my fix of fabric (essential!) as part payment and doing a little dance whilst cooking bolognese, I said yes please!

After a bit of emailing and such, the design was changed for a different block…


This pattern was named Flower Mill and was sewn up and pattern tested by the very patient Allison into this fabulous quilt (she found several errors with the frustrating half rectangle triangle bit, but we fixed them!). There is a sneak peek of it being assembled in this blog post

Here it is, Allison’s finished quilt displayed and the main feature of their section of the Moda stand at International Quilt Market (shamelessly pinched from the Moda Cutting Table blog)

Hasn’t she done an amazing job?! I was so giddy when I saw this go online.

Soon it will be printed ready to be bought by real life quilty peeps, and of course digitally from retailers such as Fat Quarter Shop (I think? Don’t quote me on that but they do have previous patterns on there). HOW EXCITING! And it popped up on Instagram a bit too!

From @pinkdoorfabrics

From @yaya_and_me

Not that I am any more biased than I used to be (which was sufficiently- previous ranges I’ve used are Max and Whiskers, Curio, a half-arsed WIP from Hello Luscious, PB&J, 25th and Pine, Persimmon plus current plans for Fresh Cut) but Mon Ami still has that vintagey feel and is so fun! I guess I should actually make my own version of this, maybe minus borders (or maybe not)?

I’ll share a picture of all the prints soon, I’ve not found one online yet but when I do, I’ll put it all up here, unless my bundle turns up for me to photograph sooner of course! For now, here are some of the prints…

From @abbeylanequilts

UPDATE! More images can now be found on BasicGrey’s blog!

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