I was lucky enough to get to play with some of the new Ludlow collection by Denyse Schmidt. Inspired by the mills and red brick buildings of New England, Ludlow is full of gorgeous geometrics and pretty florals. Denyse is one of my favourite designers and her colour ways are always stunning.

Using the blues and reds I revisited my Heart and Kisses quilt design, this time using appliqué circles and hearts. The large appliqué pieces means the quilt comes together quite quickly and also showcases the prints beautifully.

Even my husband fell in love with these prints (with no prompting from me!!). I used some of the prints on the back too and the bold Diamond Medallion print looks amazing.

I used a trick my friend Alison taught me for the first time with this quilt - starching all the fabrics as you press ready for basting, spray basting and then starching and pressing again after basting. It definitely gave a little more structure to the quilt and though I only did some basic straight line quilting, it was lovely and smooth! Have you ever used starch after basting?

The 'noughts and crosses' style pattern of the quilt is a really fun one to play about with and I think it's perfect for baby quilts. You could substitute any shapes too!
You can watch the demo for the quilt on Sewing Quarter below.

I also made a cushion, using the Creative Grids Drunkard's Path ruler and fabulous Tula Pink fabric. I have never sewn Drunkard's Path blocks into this layout before so that was fun! It always amazes me how the arrangement of blocks can look so different. You can watch the demo here

And because I couldn't help myself...