Playing with Sunny Isle by Piccolo Studio

By Sara of Piccolo Studio

August! I can’t even ….. {insert all the hand covering eyes emojis here}
It has been a miserable few weeks of winter – rain, hail, storms you name it! And while I generally am a huge fan of snuggling up with quilts and layers I must admit the frustration has been real when it comes to photographing my beautiful Sunny Isle quilt. I had a vision in my head of blue skies and blue water and I just couldn’t shake it – no other photos would have come even slightly close. Of course trying to get that in Adelaide at this time of the year proved incredibly difficult! Today however I think I managed to pull it off!

Sunny Isle is a stunner! And I really mean that. No other designer pulls off such spectacular colour and patterns into a range like Jennifer Paganelli. I had so many favourites in this range that I literally didn’t know which fabric to choose first and as a quilter I love that because I truly believe every fabric should shine no matter its neighbours. Each colour was so bright and clear and I was honestly in quilty heaven from the minute it arrived.
I have mentioned before that I spend a LOT of time browsing and saving quilt patterns.  While browsing Craftsy very late one night I stumbled across a pattern I immediately fell in love with. When Sunny Isle arrived to my doorstep I knew it would be the perfect match for all the stunning aquas in the range. I purchased the Sea Glass Quilt in the lap size pattern here and got straight to work! The results – well I think are pure perfection.

If, like me, you are someone who generally quilts to sell then this quilt pattern may not be for you. It was super time intensive and incredibly costly. Attaching all those petals was a huge job. I followed the pattern exactly and machine appliqued them onto the top and wadding only. Then I attached the back by hand quilting in grey around the petals and filling in all the white areas with white petal shapes. It was a huge labour of love and while I am proud to say I have now hand quilted a giant quilt I can also safely say I will never do it again lol. If you want a beautiful pattern for your own use or to give as a special present then this definitely makes a statement. Abby turned 16 in May and this is her quilt to keep now – it is perfect colours for her and she was a worthy recipient of around 50-60 hours total work.

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