Tribal Song Quilt-Pattern Test for Lo & Behold Stitchery
Well hello there! I apologize for the radio silence in these parts. I could get into a lengthy explanation but we’ll just say this blogging thing is harder than it looks when you throw in the whole working for a living thing. Anyway…
I wanted to pop in today and share my Tribal Song quilt finish. If you follow me on Instagram, which you definitely should btw ;), you may remember my finished top from last fall.
This was another pattern test, this time for Brittany at www.loandbeholdstitchery.com
I have tested for Brittany a couple of times now and I always enjoy her patterns. They are quick and easy but with a great graphic punch. This Tribal Song pattern was no different. As soon as I saw the pattern I knew I wanted to make the quilt as a gift for my Father-In-Law.
I used a mixture of fabrics from my stash, several of which are vintage prints from my husband’s great aunt who passed away last year. I started with the blue and brown plaid in the center and pulled fabrics to match after that.
After the pattern testing window was closed I put the quilt away for a bit to finish other deadlines. I pulled it back out to finish as a Christmas gift for my FIL. I knew he would love these colors and hoped that these special heirloom fabrics would make this a gift he would use and cherish.
I found THE most perfect print for the back at Hawthorne Threads (www.hawthornethreads.com). They have dozens of prints they print in house on a variety of materials and this gray feather print was exactly what this quilt needed to finish it off. Plus with this throw sized pattern I was able to get the 56″ wide cotton and not need to piece the backing. It’s their Plume print in Pebble on 56″ wide quilting cotton if anyone is interested.
I quilted it with a straight line style quilting pattern using Aurifil thread on my domestic machine at home. I spaced the lines about 1″ apart so the quilting wouldn’t be too dense and make the quilt stiff. Like I said I wanted my Father-In-Law to use this quilt and I find that if I quilt things too densely they don’t drape as nicely until they’ve been washed a ton of times.
This photo really shows off the quilting and that gorgeous Hawthorne Threads print!!
I had some custom labels made a while back so I attached one on the bottom corner and wrote the date on it. I always attach them with the iron first and then sew around them to make sure they are nice and secure. I think adding the date is a nice touch too. Who knows, maybe some time down the line a family member will come across this quilt and wonder who made it and when.
Or I’m just fooling myself 🙂
I used the same blue solid for the horizontal stripes in the quilt for the binding. It was a vintage piece and has the softest feeling. I attached the binding in my usual machine binding technique. If you want a tutorial head over here
My FIL has 3 little dogs and I know this quilt will need to be washed quite a bit so machine binding was definitely the way to go. No shame here!
By the time I was finished with this quilt the weather outside was not so fabulous so getting great outdoor photos was out of the question. Instead you get a sneaky peak inside my house 🙂
All said and done I am super pleased with this finish and was happy to help Brittany by testing the pattern. I gifted the finished quilt to my Father-In-Law for Christmas and he loved it! He uses it every night after he comes in from taking care of his horses and other animals. Head over to www.loandbeholdstitchery.com to pick up the Tribal Song pattern and give it a go. Tell Brittany I sent you 🙂
I’d love to hear if you have gifted any special quilts!
We’ll chat again soon!