Calico Crow Tour


As Summer begins to wind down and we start to think of school supply lists, lunchbox prepping and cooler days ahead, us quilters and sewers also start planning our Fall makes. Lauren Nash AKA Transientart has just come out with the perfect Fall fabric for Penny Rose Fabrics by Riley Blake Designs! I knew right away that I wanted to make a more traditional quilt with these fabrics, to go with our new to us old home.


Lauren is such a fabulous artist and her talent shows through in each fabric line. Many of these prints are perfect for year round making, not only Fall specific items.


I chose three block designs from Quilt As You Go Made Vintage ( a book that I was honored to make a quilt for) and sketched up a layout in my graph book with a medallion feel to it. I went with traditional machine quilting and a simple outline in a variety of thread weights and colors.


This quilt measures 60×60 inches and took one adult and three children to hold it up for me, plenty of room to snuggle under on those cool Fall nights.


No filter needed on that hot sunny day and these colors are perfect in my opinion, not too drab with a touch of sunny yellow and variety of orange tones. Lucky me, our little town if full of corn fields, perfect for photo ops! I am just loving those tiny black Crows peppered all over this quilt!

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I especially love how these sunflower blocks turned out and those little bits of green make me happy.

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The four center star blocks were quilted with an orange wool Aurifil thread, just for fun. You can see the low volume prints are so versatile here but I think could also be used as a focal print in a project as well. The pond scene is one of my favorites, like telling a story of the little crow families.


My boys were looking this quilt over and having a bit of “eye spy” fun with it, finding houses, pumpkins, squirrels (or Squirrly as they have lovingly named every squirrel they see), farm stands and tiny birds talking back and forth.


I used the recipe prints to make a scrappy binding and a soft old sheet for the backing. I might not be ready for school to start (I never am!) but at least now we are ready for after school snuggles under our Fall quilt, perhaps with a slice or two of pumpkin bread as well.


I always look forward to seeing what Lauren creates and over the past couple of years I find myself more and more in love with each Penny Rose line that comes out, “simply sweet” comes to my mind.

Wishing you all a wonderful start to your Fall (AND Fall sewing!).





6 Responses to “Calico Crow Tour”

  1. Calico Crow Medallion Quilt – Riley Blake Designs Says:

    […] stop on the Calico Crow Blog Tour takes us to Sarana Ave, where Faith is sharing photos of this gorgeous medallion-style quilt with […]

  2. Rosemaryflower Says:

    I love the sun flowers and this quilt is just adorable. Now I want to make one. Thank you for sharing your amazing creativity and inspiration Faith

  3. mlmcspadden Says:

    Wonderful quilt! And I love the window you have your machine in front of.

  4. Julie C. Says:

    You did a great job of highlighting the fabric and making a beautiful quilt with it! It makes me want to make one, too.

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