With the cooler weather comes the need for cozy blankets you can snuggle up with – preferable in front of a toasty fire with a cup of hot cocoa! With that in mind, I grabbed a rolie polie of our lovely Pinewood Acres collection and created an easy and super cozy snuggle-worthy throw.
With pine trees, wildlife, paw prints and antlers, this collection will bring a touch of nature inside when it’s too cold and snowy to venture outdoors.
I used Amy Gibson’s “To the Point” TUTORIAL, which demonstrates how to make half square triangles from rolie polie strips. You can then arrange the half square triangles into a variety of designs. I opted for this diamond shaped pattern, which adds a fun modern punch to a more traditional fabric collection.
For the light half of the half square triangles, I used the cream pine cone, antler and deer track prints. The little antlers are my favorite – so cool! The collection features various shades of beige, brown and green. Instead of randomly interspersing the green throughout the quilt, I kept it all in one corner for a little added interest.
I quilted it with simple straight lines following along the diamond pattern.
In order to really ramp up the cozy factor, I used Riley Blake Brown Dreamy Minky for the back. Minky is super easy to use as a quilt back. Simply spray the wrong side with basting spray and lay your quilt top directly on the sticky surface – no quilt batting required! Quilt and bind as you normally would.
One thing I love about using Minky as a quilt back is that the threads become buried in the fabric pile, leaving an interesting pattern. I used both dark brown and cream colored thread on the quilt top and in the bobbin. Because the threads are buried in the Minky, you don’t see that I used two different colors. All you see is the stitching line.
I love the way this diamond pattern turned out – definitely one I’ll be using more often!
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