Mardi Gras Revelry is finished, and I am so happy to report that it is packaged and ready to ship out today!
This quilt was so much fun! I am not really a novelty fabric kind of girl, but for Mardi Gras, a touch of ostentatious is perfect. I mixed themed fabrics with others from my stash to balance it out though, and I'd say the mix is about half and half. I definitely wanted the colors to be distinct, because from even the slightest distance, the purple, gold, and green prints could have ended up looking muddled in the quilt without other, more solid fabrics to break them up. The individual prints are a little difficult to distinguish in the photo of the entire quilt since they are smaller, but you can see them better here (pretty proud of my triangle points too)-
There are feathers, masks, and fleur de lis prints, as well as more traditional prints in Mardi Gras colors, like the chevron, stripe, checkerboard, and polkadot fabrics. A few of the prints have some gold metallic accents (but not too many). Then there's my most favorite fabric- the Mardi Gras leopard print! When I bought the fabrics for this quilt, I almost left this one out because I felt like it was almost too over the top, but I am SO glad I decided to include it. I love that it is a themed fabric, but so unpredictable.
Speaking of buying these fabrics, I really had a hard time finding everything I needed from one shop. I was determined to stay with the traditional colors of purple, gold and green, along with black and white. When I started shopping, I was surprised to find that lots of Mardi Gras fabrics have many different colors in them, and I knew I didn't want that for this quilt. I also didn't want to pay shipping costs from five or six different shops to get the variety I needed! A quilt shop in New Orleans, Mes Amis Quilt Shop, came to my rescue. They are not an online shop, but they do have a website, boasting that they keep almost 30 Mardi Gras prints in stock year round. They were more than happy to take a phone order and ship the fabrics to me, but since they are a brick and mortar shop only, they didn't have photos of each of their prints readily available. They were kind enough to text pictures of their bolts to me, 5-6 at a time, so that I could decide what I wanted to order. Now that is customer service. (ps- this is NOT a sponsored post, I am just extremely grateful!)
I made use of every single bit of the fabrics in the pieced backing, and finished it off with a Kona Purple binding to frame all of that loud print. The finished quilt measures 56" x 72," so it is a really great throw size.
I think the combination of the fun fabrics, along with the diamond pattern reminiscent of harlequin masks came together pretty perfectly on this quilt. And I think it truly captures the spirit of Mardi Gras! It's glitzy, loud, ostentatious, and so much fun- perfect for the season where those of us from Louisiana "laissez les bons temps rouler," or let the good times roll!