myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Pickle Dish Quilt

Happy New Year everyone! Let’s start 2017 with a brand new quilt!
This is yet another pickle dish quilt, this time a straight-up version of the traditional pattern, made completely in Jennifer Paganelli’s new line Hotel Frederiksted (for Free Spirit Fabrics).
Yay! It made the cover of Today’s Quilter! I actually received my copy before Christmas but have been waiting till the official publication day to post about it.

This is the third quilt I have made with Jennifer’s fabric and the pressure was on to do something spectacular. The quilt I made with her previous line was this New York Beauty, probably one of my most popular quilts ever!

So I really couldn’t just rattle something off (not that I ever do!).

I knew when I suggested doing a pickle dish that I would regret it once I started endlessly piecing those spiky curves, but somehow that didn’t stop me! I’ve always wanted to make one and what better fabric to use.

The editor didn’t even know what it was, she just said yes after hearing the name! As she said in the magazine “you had me at ‘pickle dish’!” ?

The whole collection is wonderfully bright and fresh, a perfect tonic to this dark, grey time of year (in Scotland). I used the fabrics in a similar way to the New York Beauty, choosing white for all the spikes and used the red patterned fabrics for the background. The ‘lemon’ shapes were great for showing off the larger scale flowers and birds in the fabric.

It’s quilted with a pale green variegated shade of Aurifil 50 and a sort of flame design, which worked so well that I’ve used a version of it since on my Starlights quilt. I am sure I will use it again soon.

The backing is Spot On by Robert Kaufman in Pomegranite.
Today’s Quilter did their usual lovely styling. 
The fabric really makes this quilt, so exuberant and pretty! 
Unfortunately I have not managed to order it for the shop (though the rep is coming to see me next week so there’s still time!), however UK peeps can order it from the wonderful Sugar Bowl Crafts.

Having made a traditional, an improv and a subverted version of this design in the last year I think I may have done enough Pickle Dishes for a while! 
But then again, you never know…


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