Thursday, 9 April 2015

Anna Maria Horner Charm Swap: Boho Road Trip

I reckon Anna Maria Horner (AMH) has a real knack for making gorgeous and colourful fabrics. Many of them remind me of modern bohemian styles that (as I've discovered by participating in Ms Midge's AMH charm swap) together combine to make what i reckon turns into a delicious, funky, almost folk-style quilt.

Boho Road Trip: A finished quilt top

Ms Midge's AMH Charm Swap:

It has been so much fun participating in the AMH Charm Swap organised by Ms Midge . It was such a great way to work with a designers collection of fabrics. Mostly though, i found it totally fun working out what to make with the charms that i thought would suit the collection and also seeing what other people design and come up with. 56 people participated in the charm swap and we all contributed 2 sets of charms from a fabric line each. That meant we all received 112 unique charms. 

While my quilt design was fairly simple, there have been some awesome and unique quilts made, very different to mine, despite being based on the same collection of fabrics (Visit Ms Midge's Charm Along to check some of them out).

Boho Road Trip:

After seeing the AMH fabrics, i wanted to make a something to showcase the fabrics and to keep in style with the bohemian vibes. Our family is fortunate enough to have a VW CamperVan (Transporter) that we use regularly to get away to the coast and take our travelling holidays in so I wanted a quilt to snuggle under on our road trips around the country. Something we could wrap ourselves in while watching sunrises and sunsets and while we watched for humpback whales as they migrate along Australia's east and west coasts. I wanted a quilt that would keep us warm while waiting for good surf on nippy coastal mornings.

I'd seen some lovely quilts made from charm squares, but never made one myself. I decided to make a quilt based on a disappearing 9 patch and thought the AMH fabric collection would suit these blocks well. The resulting blocks were really simple to make but I like the way that the charms aren't cut up too small and so some of the fabrics with larger designs can still be appreciated.

At nearly 2x2m, this quilt was a little on the big side for me to quilt on my Bernina, so I've asked Jeanette at Gone Aussie Quilting to quilt an edge to edge design on it for me. I can't wait to get it back!

Would i recommend participating in a charm swap?

I sure would! And i can't wait to do another one. I'm so thankful to Melissa for all her hard work organising this swap. Thanks're the best!


Linking up with:

- Ms Midge for the Anna Maria Horner Charm-Along and
- Lorna for Lets Bee Social and
Amanda Jean for Finish it Up Friday


  1. So beautiful Jen, I can't wait to see it quilted. What a massive quilt! I love AMH too and have a small collection of her fabrics waiting to be sewn into a special quilt for me .. one day!

  2. Those fabric sing using the disappearing nine patch - clever lady! Can't wait to see it all quilted :)

  3. I don't buy much new fabric, but AMHs are always the ones that tempt me the most! She is definitely a genius in fabric design, and I love the Bohemian style of her prints. I will be off to look at the other quilts in the swap in just a moment, but it's hard to imagine a better way to show off her fabrics than yours, sometimes simple is best. And what a completely perfect quilt for your VW camper!

  4. What a great big beauty! Can't wait to see this all quilted up!

  5. Jen,

    This is so beautiful! I'm truly inspired. Sometimes the simplest pattern serves the best justice to a collection. I'm also involved in an AMH Swap at the moment, and have gotten some lovely ideas from your post today.

    Thanks so much!

  6. I love this so much Jen! Thanks for joining in!

  7. A lovley finish! That pattern really showcases your AMH fabrics beautifully!

  8. truly gorgeous!! i hope it is your favorite!! amazing job!!

  9. Your quilt is just beautiful - it shows off each of those gorgeous fabrics perfectly.


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