Stolen Dreams Quilt

I’ve just completed this quilt that I am calling Stolen Dreams.  Let me explain.  I used the “Robbing Peter to Pay Paul” die by Sizzix to make the blocks, hence the “stolen” part. The fabrics are Pat Bravo’s Rock ‘n Romance in the Dreammaker colorstory, that’s where I got “dreams” from.  So, there you have it, Stolen Dreams–it sounds kind of mysterious, romantic and maybe a little scary.

This is my favorite shot of the quilt against our barn.  We are working on painting this section this fall so it might not have as much “character” in photo shoots next year.
I really enjoyed making a pillow for my mom last month using the Sizzix “Robbing Peter to Pay Paul” die.  You can see it here. The blocks in the pillow finished at 4 1/2″. I couldn’t quite see myself making a larger quilt with curved blocks that size so I decided to try the Pro die that finishes at 9″. You do need the Big Shot Pro machine to cut this die because it is a 12″ die. The blocks are constructed exactly the same so you can refer to my pillow tutorial for directions. 
This time, I made 20 blocks-2 from each of the fabrics in the Dreammaker colorway.  I used a number of different prints for the orange peel like sections including: Moda grunge in black and grey; Robert Kaufman Essex in grey, steel and yarn dyed black from Marmalade Fabrics; Madrona road memoir (purchased from Fresh Squeezed but now only available there in bundles also found at Sew Fresh, Fat Quarter Shop and Sew Me a Song) in both black and white, and Kona Ash.

I added borders–about 8″ on the top and right and 12″ on the left and bottom.  The resulting quilt top is about 46″ x 65″.  The sashing is Kona Pepper which you can find at Marmalade Fabrics if I left Tammy with any.  I used it on the back too so this quilt is heavily peppered, ha, ha, ha.

As you can see from the back, I went a little crazy free motion quilting.  I think I was inspired by Angela Walter’s talk at the recent Boston Modern Quilt Guild meeting.  I just tried to channel my inner Angela Walters and went for it on my home machine.  I attempted her swirl pattern on the Kona Pepper sections using a black thread.  Then I quilted inside of each Robbing Peter to Pay Paul block.  I used different designs for each block and thread that blended best with the quilt top.  Some are wavy lines, some are leaves, a feather like design, a couple of double loops and I followed the fabric pattern for another, oh, and I echoed the shape of the block for others.  I tell you, I am taking my “improving my free motion quilting skills” goal seriously.  Hopefully it will pay off!  I do love the texture.  While quilting I noticed every flaw in my work but a little time distance and physical distance and I am pretty happy with it.

I love the color of the top center print in this photo-it’s called Wild Heart Spirited.  I wanted to use that color for the binding so I chose Oval Elements in Amethyst and it was perfect! With all the black, it needed the touch of softness at the edges.  
I just noticed that Rock ‘n Romance is now in stock at the Fat Quarter Shop if you are interested in fat quarter bundles.


  1. I love this Amy!! Amazing!

  2. It is gorgeous!!

  3. Pinable!!!

  4. Love, love, love this! But please don’t paint the barn! Talk about the perfect backdrop!

  5. This is striking. I really like it!

  6. It’s beautiful! I notice all my little FMQ flaws too but no one else seems to…

    Jennifer 🙂

  7. It’s a lovely quilt and I am in awe of your quilting skills!

    Pomona x

  8. Beautiful…both the top and the quilting…thanks bunches for sharing!

  9. I haven’t made this traditional block yet but looking at your quilt makes me want to run to my sewing machine and make it. It’s so lovely. It’s graet that you just put your nerves aside and did FMQ. Very inspiring. I love the name of it too.

  10. Very cool quilt – and I love how your quilting shows up on the back!!

  11. Amy this is so nice! I love the color palate and your choice about the border.

  12. It’s gorgeous. Really, really gorgeous. 🙂

  13. Loving the black boarder with the colours great

  14. Amazing!!! I love all that “Angela quilting” and the pink binding on the black border is so perfect:-) Keep dreaming!!!

  15. Amy this is a beautiful quilt, testament to the timeless beauty of “traditional” blocks and a reaffirmation of the beauty of the modern esthetic. I am envious of your committment to improving your free motion quilting!
    Maybe after I have finished cleaning and re-organizing my sewing room I will schedule a session each evening to improve my FM skills (currently non-existent). A goal to work toward for sure.

  16. This quilt is indeed rocking. I love all your FMQ – it looks wonderful!

  17. Amy, this is just beautiful. And it really rocks against the barn! Love!

  18. I love this palette, perfect for the time of year and the barn is the best colour and texture. A gorgeous quilt Amy with inspiring quilting!

  19. Прекрасное одеяло! Всё классно – очень понравилось.

  20. Fantastic quilt, so beautiful!


  21. Anonymous says:

    the back really really shows off your quilting
    Very nice. Enjoy

  22. Amy ~ this is such a stunning quilt ~ really like the quilting on the back. So much inspiration ~ not enough time!

  23. So pretty! And your FMQing is amazing!

  24. how to climb says:

    its really cool. liked your posts. nice blog.

  25. This is absolutely beautiful. It’s such a wonderful take on a fall/winter quilt. I love the dark border around those beautiful prints!

  26. Oh it’s gorgeous, love the fabric and pattern

  27. Gorgeous! I love the fabrics. The pink really pops off the black and gray. Love how you are doing with your FMQing. I did by Angela Walters’ book and am loving it, too. Now if I could just get out there and practice!

  28. Another amazing quilt, Amy!! This is so gorgeous and really represents that Sizzix Die wonderfully. You have me wanting one! 🙂

  29. This is a beautiful quilt and I love all your quilting.

  30. It’s just gorgeous, Amy! And your free-motion is impressive – it looks fantastic. And I know what you mean about needing distance before you can accept flaws and mistakes. My family (not quilters) always ask me “Who’s even going to notice that? I didn’t,” every time I fret or obsess over something little…

    I just finished catching up on the two months I’ve missed. You’ve been very busy being amazing. Love the way low volume…

  31. Beautiful! Love with the black. Going on my Pin board!

  32. Love, love. How I love this new line. Your quilt is just wonderful and wonderful.

  33. Great job!

  34. This is a very awesome quilt and I enjoyed looking at the free motion quilting…great! About painting your barn….leave a spot NOT painted so you can have a backdrop for your quilt photos. AND make a wooden painted quilt to hang over the spot that you take down when you need to use the spot for a photo!!

  35. Just chanced on this – absolutely wonderful of course, as always.

  36. I know this is an old post, but I just finished a quilt with the Rock ‘n Romance line–I bought enough when almost all of it was sold out and then took years to complete it :p I love what you did with the line! It’s so pretty.

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