Haberdashery Quilt

Haberdashery Quilt by Amy Friend

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen lots of “in progress” shots of this quilt. I just finished it up and couldn’t be happier with it!  My goal was to experiment with the diamond shape  in a minimalist design with a restrained color palette.  I drafted a simple paper pieced block with two diamonds of unequal size.  I used the Pure Elements Empire Yellow for the diamonds and the background is made up of Pure Elements Creme de la Creme and Linen White (I believe) as well as the two tone on tone white prints from Carolyn Friedlander’s Doe collection.  The various shades of white/off white in the background add interest and dimension.  I think that this layout creates a bit of an optical illusion too. Do you see it?  The rows look like that are at an angle though I assure you, they are square-I blocked it and everything!  It was something I noticed even in my initial sketch.  Funny, I couldn’t have created an optical illusion if I had tried to. It was clearly accidental.

The backing is Lotta Jansdotter’s Bergen in Myer Yellow from Mormor.  It’s nearly the perfect color match plus I love the similar minimalist feel.  I particularly love this front/back combo.

Haberdashery Quilt by Amy Friend

Normally, I don’t decide on my quilting until the quilt is well underway but the plan for this quilt was a tight grid right from the start.  The lines are spaced about 1/2″ apart.  I used a 50 weight Aurifil #2021.  The quilting is by no means perfect but I am pretty happy with the consistency in the spacing, the straightness of the lines and lack of shifting.  I took this photo with light on one side only and it really  highlights the amazing texture that the tight grid achieves!

Haberdashery Quilt by Amy Friend

My mom often helps me name my quilts and this one is no exception.  We both saw ties in the quilt, though that was certainly not my intent.  I thought of playing off that idea and she suggested Haberdashery. I love the word for this quilt because in America, the word means a shop that sells men’s accessories, such as ties.  In the UK, it means a shop that sells sewing notions. I love the fact that the name is associated both with ties and sewing.

The finished quilt measures 49″ x 56″.





  1. I love this quilt. What a great finish, I love he simplicity in the color choices and the design but the subtle color changes in the background adds a little depth and complexity. The grid quilting, perfect!!

  2. Yep….first thing I thought was ties! I did see the different whites and I love that…of course that color is one of my favorites!

    Goodness…how long did that take to quilt?:)

  3. Wow, that is stop-you-in-your-tracks gorgeous!! LOVE IT!

  4. This is absolutely lovely, Amy and your quilting is unbelievable!!! Fabulous:-)

  5. Fantastic Amy! and all that quilting is beautiful! whew! XXOO Cat

  6. Strange, but I hadn’t noticed the optical illusion until you pointed it out. Now that is all I can see! Wonderful design and execution, Amy!

  7. I have enjoyed watching your progress on this quilt on Instagram and the finish is absolutely stunning!!!

  8. I love this! And the background subtle color changes are beautiful. I saw ties, too, when you were showing peeks so I’m glad that’s what you & your mom saw, too

  9. Mary on Lake Pulaski says:

    Love everything about this quilt Amy! A masterpiece!

  10. I love it, totally love it. The quilting is perfect and the back perfection. I also love the name.

  11. Amy, I absolutely love this quilt. The color, the backing fabric, the design, the quilting…it is just stunning. A real beauty. Great name, too!

  12. Nancy Peach says:

    Now I know what you have been doing in your spare time!! Love the quilt pattern…..colors and fabrics. I think you are getting a little crazy with these half inch grids…..it looks amazing!! We will see it next month??

  13. That would be ‘in the UK’, but it looks great anyway 😉

  14. Dana Henry says:

    I love this pattern. Are you going to sell it?

  15. I LOVE this! Great color and block layout. Nice work!

  16. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    Amazing! Love the name, too. It is very fitting.

  17. I love everything in this quilt!

  18. Love Haberdashery ~ perfect color and that quilting … so fab!

  19. That’s as cool as it gets!! Perfect name and perfect quilting!

  20. I love your quilt!! It’s fantastic! I do hope you’ll consider a pattern for it.

  21. Cynthia Knapp says:

    I love your Haberdashery quilt! From another angle it looks like kites! Great job!

  22. Love this one, Amy–everything about it!

  23. Love this! At first glance I saw kites. But ties is more accurate I think.

  24. Genius!! Love the texture. And you found the absolute PERFECT vintage-looking yellow – it’s going in my notes!!

  25. Love this! I saw kites but then I was just reading the Kite Runner so maybe that influenced? I love the way the quilting looks and the 1930’s look to the whole quilt. My Grandma quilted most of her quilts in this type of design, by hand. That shot that shows of the quilting looks so similar! Your work is beautiful!


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