Confession: Before starting this project, I had never sewn a y-seam. After sewing nothing by Ys for the Fractal Quilt, I can't claim to be a pro yet, but I'm certainly not scared of them anymore. (Dare I say they're actually fun?)
The base shape for this quilt is made from the Creative Grids Kite Ruler, which I found really easy to work with. And since I'm a fan of quick cutting, I liked that there was only one shape in this quilt. Two thumbs up.
I loved the original pattern, but really wanted to make it my own. I chose Wanderer fabric by April Rhodes for my quilt. I'd never made a mustard quilt before, and this seemed like the perfect time to try! And of course, I put my own spin on the design. I used Illustrator to play with fabric and color combinations, and I ended up loving this mustard-gray-white combination.
Once my fabric arrived, I constructed the first row of the quilt, made my quilt sandwich and hand-quilted it with sashiko stitching. (See the video tutorial down below for a visual guide on piecing this quilt top — the y-seams are easier once you watch how Kimberly does hers.)
I love sashiko, and I love love love how this first section turned out! So even though it takes a while, I'm planning to quilt as I piece and make the other two rows as separate sections. Once they're done, I'll join them to complete the whole quilt. I can't wait to show you the finished product! In the meantime, my the finished third of my Fractal Quilt is acting as a splendid table runner :)
Fat Quarter Shop is offering a FREE download of the Fractal Quilt pattern, and they're selling a kit as well, which you can find here. If you want to see more variations of the Fractal Quilt, check out the work by other amazing quilters who are also participating in this Fractal fun :)