Adventureland, the newest design in 2022, is now available and can be purchased in the shop! This modern quilt pattern is jelly roll friendly and made for beginner quilters or those looking for a speedy project.
In this post I'll share what fabrics I used, a couple sewing notions to make this quilt pattern flow together beautifully, and links to a thorough hand quilting tutorial if you would like to try some hand quilting on your Adventureland quilt.
My Pastel Rainbow Adventureland Fabric
One thing I love about a quilt pattern that uses precuts is how inexpensive a solid precut bundle can be. The throw Adventureland quilt requires 40 - 2.5" strips and 1 yd. of background fabric. I used this Pastel Rainbow bundle and it is currently only $28!
The same company, Connecting Threads, has a lot of other solid strip bundles if you're looking for something in a different color range. Robert Kaufman also makes a lot of solid strip bundles (they are called "roll ups") and even has one in the same pastel shades as my quilt here.
One thing to keep in mind is that some strip bundles include duplicates of every color, but others don't. My pastel bundle from Connecting threads DOES include duplicates of each color; however the tropical solids Adventureland in this post used a Kona Cotton Elizabeth Hartman Solid Rainbow roll up and a small portion of the colors came as single strips. If you look closely at that quilt you can find the colors that are not duplicated, but I bet you have to look pretty hard to find them.
- 1 yd. - Warp & Weft Flicker in Pink by Alexia Abegg for Ruby Star Society from Moda
- 1 strip bundle - Soft Rainbow from Connecting Threads
- Batting - Quilters Dream Bamboo (NOTE: When purchasing batting you need it to be at least a few inches larger than your quilt top. The throw Adventureland quilt finishes at 60" and the throw batting is also about 60" square – which is unfortunately too small. I suggest sizing up and purchasing the twin batting OR getting the king sized batting so you have enough for a throw and a couple baby quilts.)
- Backing - nani IRO Lei nani by Naomi Ito for Kokka double gauze
- Binding - Essex Yarn Dyed Chambray Stripe
Helpful & Fun Sewing Notions
It's tool time! I've got two helpful notions and one kinda fun gadget. If you like to watch shows or movies while you sew, this funny looking phone clip thing is for you. Since the Adventureland pattern is sooo easy (it's mostly just sewing strips together) it's a great one for watching that show Netflix has been trying to push on you for the last week. (Alright, alright, Netflix! I'll watch Inventing Anna if you twist my arm!)
#1: Phone holder
I use this gooseneck phone mount for recording videos, taking photos and, as you can see here, watching shows! It really is a handy little thing and right now it's under $20.
#2: Tailor's clapper
For the flattest seams in town you know what you gotta do – steam, press, tailor's clapper, repeat. It makes the pressing stage go a little bit slower, but I'm telling you, it's worth it. Just look at those pretty seams!
Oh, and did I mention that you can clip that phone holder to your ironing board and keep watching your show? 😉
#3: Fork pins
You see that center point in the middle of the quilt? If you zoom in and look really closely those points are perfectly matched. I'm no seam wizard, I just use fork pins. Never heard of them? I have a whole post about these pins because they are so useful – Fork Pins: The Best Way to Match Seams Perfectly.
Be Adventurous and Try Some Hand Quilting
We've talked a lot about hand quilting here on the blog because it's something I passionately love to do. For some helpful posts along with a detailed video tutorial, check these out:
My Hand Quilting Tools
The colors of this quilt reminded me of my early teen years when I begged my parents for months to get me a lava lamp. Finally my thirteenth birthday rolled around and a brand new lava lamp was my prized possession.
Oh how I would stare at that thing! My mom would get so mad when I would forget to turn it off because she was convinced it would somehow burn the house down! Granted it did get dangerously hot. Anyway, those groovy lava shapes were forever burned into my brain and I tried to remake them in this quilting pattern. I used my hera marker to freehand the design.
Now my little girl doesn't need a dangerously hot fire hazard to be mesmerized by groovy lava shapes. Well, at least she won't need one for a while. 😉
Finishing Your Adventureland Quilt
Is quilt binding something you dread? Before I learned how to properly connect my quilt binding strips I dreaded this part of the quiltmaking process. I would end up with a pile of quilts 95% finished because I just couldn't bring myself to finish the binding!
I wish when I learned all of this back in 2001 there was a video. Well fast forward a handful of years and I decided to film the video I wish I had. So, if you hate binding, I hope it helps!
How to Sew Binding on a Quilt - full tutorial
What do you think of the new Adventureland pattern? Will you be hand quilting yours too?