WIP: kilim quilt

I haven’t technically started cutting or sewing yet, but I feel like I’ve already come a long way on this project (previously blogged here) just by figuring out the design and choosing fabrics.


I spent a lot of time coloring in this rather large color & piecing guide. But I think it will be time well spent because now the design and color placement are all but finalized. And bonus: I can see it across the room.

I used double stick tape to attach the individual pieces to the wall so I can take the one I’m working on to my cutting station. The design has 8 whole blocks, 6 half blocks, and 4 quarter blocks. To create the half and quarter blocks, I’ll actually be able to piece a whole block and then cut it.


That would have been far too confusing if I didn’t have this handy color chart.

For the fabric, I chose Art Gallery Pure Elements, which I am delighted to tell you were provided by Fat Quarter Shop because they have agreed to sponsor this project!


I chose Pure Elements for 2 main reasons. The first is because I had a strong suspicion that these solids would be really soft and shimmery just because they’re Art Gallery. I was not disappointed. They’re gorgeous. But, even more importantly, I was drawn to this line because it’s a cohesive, limited collection. There are only 54 colors and they all seem to look great together. Ordering solids online can be tricky, so a line like this helps.


I have ordered just a couple more shades to give myself some additional options. I love this stack but it doesn’t quite capture the contrast of the colors from the rug. This stack is almost too coordinated.


I ordered a truer red, a less-blue purple, and a less-green yellow. That should give me an effect closer to that of the rug.

Kilim rug photo

After the holiday weekend I’m going to hit this project hard! I can’t wait.

Be sure to check in with me tomorrow because I’ll be giving away my very first blogger bundle, from the really cool Canadian site Fabric Spark!

25 thoughts on “WIP: kilim quilt

  1. I’m really more invested in this project than I should be 🙂 I think it’s because I’ve been eyeing rugs like this for a while and seeing quilts in them. So excited to see this come together!

  2. Love what you are doing with this one. I ordered some art gallery solids recently and am so happy with the feel of them!!! Good choice. This is a stunning project.

  3. I’m with Ashley. Keep the paper one and when the fabric one’s done, photograph them side by side. And you never know, someone else may want to use it too. You could license it, maybe?

  4. Amazing quilt. I can’t believe you cooled all those triangles. A definite labor of love. I agree with your color decisions about the red and yellow.

  5. I love getting to see your process as you develop this from an idea into a quilt. You’re way more conscientious than I’d have been with coloring your template in, but I think you’re right about how you’ll be happy you did it!

  6. I came here because of the QAL that I think you’re writing a post on soon here, but you have a new follower cause I’m all excited about your blog! Looking forward to seeing how this quilt turns out and I’ll be putting one on my to do list.

  7. Just discovered your blog thru the Sew Mama email I got today about your sampler quilt. I to am in the Gypsy Wife SAL.I love these types of quilts. I would have commented on Sew Mama but there was no place to do it.??! Anyways I love that sampler quilt you made. I have strayed from the stick parameters of the Gypsy pattern but that is what I like about these sampler quilts! Lovely Lovely rug and quilt her. And I could not agree with you more about the sewing list and taking time for other things! ( I am commenting here on a few things instead of multiple comments). I love the sewing but once I start a project it is always in the back of my mind to finish it!! Follow your heart , sometimes I have to remember that and it clears up my cluttered brain..

    • whoops! Forgot to say I LOVE pure elements! They are my favorite solids! and I think they are superior in quality to Kona. XXOO

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