The Satellite 5 quilt by Lynn Harris is truly a stunner.
Especially considering how few fabrics went into the making of it.
I challenged Lynn to create a quilt using only the large-scale print from carkai and without even using different colorways to differentiate a motif. (Note: Lynn used two additional colorways in the border and background, but still from the same print! Great, right?!)
As soon as I started to see progress photos, I could barely hold in my excitement. The reason I asked Lynn to work with me on this project was because of the beautifully intricate and interesting fussy-cut EPP she’d been doing on her own. (See here, here, here, here, here…so many good ones!) I was completely fascinated by it and knew Lynn’s vision would be perfect for one way I imagined seeing my newest fabric collection.
There’s so much you can do with a larger scale print, and I think of this type of project as a way to use it in a small way–one which takes and hones in on a single element of a larger design, extrudes it and pieces it back together in a way that creates something entirely new.
I love looking at these so much, and I hope to find time to make some of them myself. It looks like a ton of fun and like the type of project that can open your mind up to seeing fabric in a different way.
It was also a treat that Lynn trusted me to quilt it. Quilting for someone else is always something I’ve taken very seriously. It represents a lot of trust, especially on a project like this where Lynn clearly put so much of her thought and time into it. I wanted to make sure my quilting honored and respected that while highlighting what makes the piecing so special.
As for the quilting, I did a mixture of things. First, I started with some basic, big-stitch hand quilting in a complementary color as well as with a little bit of an accent color.
Then I came in with free motion to highlight and further emphasize the beautiful, fussy-cut piecing Lynn created.
Because Lynn is so wonderful, this project is written up as a free pattern available on the Robert Kaufman website (here)–so you can have at it too! I’m pretty excited to see how others interpret this project as well.