During the month of April, I’ll be sharing Anna Maria Horner’s next collection for Free Spirit, Mod Corsage. Isn’t that a beautiful stack? One of my favorite things about Anna Maria’s collections is the way they coordinate without being obvious. Something that is definitely true about this one.As usual, I gravitated towards the blues first. With the hints of coral and the dashes of gold, there is plenty to liven things up. Even those who think blues are boring will find themselves getting excited about these.Especially when they’re cut up into hexies. I wasn’t ready for a long term EPP project so I turned my thoughts to pillows. I chose a gorgeous turquoise solid (Free Spirit Designer Essential) and worked up a design for a small rectangular pillow.I used my hexies to frame a design element from the gray colorway. I appliqued it to the solid, added hexies to the corners and quilted it up. It now has pride of place on my chair. It sure makes that IKEA gray pop, don’t you think?Here’s a close up of the echo quilting.Mod Corsage ships to stores next month. You might want to make a little room in your stash for some of these. Just sayin’.
Happy Friday! Was it a good week? Are you getting ready for Spring? (Or Autumn, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere.) I have some simple things to share today. The less time we have for fabric, the more simplicity becomes important. Complicated blocks and patterns are great. They’re also time intensive. Sometimes, you just need that instant gratification, that colorful fabric fix. Practice Piece #4 is all of that and more. The hardest part about making this quilt top is choosing which fabrics you want to put on display. My Sassaman stash is quite extensive so I had no problem pulling some pretty color for this quilt top. After my disappointment in Practice Piece #3, I still needed my Sassaman fix. Jane’s large personality prints are the best for this type of work/play. And her diamond print was the perfect piece of contrast.Just two prints and two seams for this lap quilt. Easy peasy. It’s a Nearly Whole Cloth quilt. To make a bed size quilt, you need to be sure to get extra yardage for matching the repeats. The repeats are obvious when you see the quilt spread out like this and you want to keep the design’s momentum going by matching it all up.The most important thing about making a quilt top like this…contrast. The easiest contrast is the one I’ve chosen. Black and white anything (in this case diamonds) with saturated color is ridiculously easy to pull off. But it needn’t be a color contrast of such grand proportions.
Also, try a contrast in shapes–geometric with florals (which I’ve also done as an additional boost), stripes with paisleys, etc. You’re looking for differences and accentuating them. Because you only need two prints, it’s easy to audition your choices. The dots I used for the backing (another Sassaman favorite design of mine) was a contender for the front, but in the end I chose the higher drama of the diamonds.When I quilted this one, I wanted to practice larger curves. If I were quilting this for “real” and not practice, I would have switched out the thread and chosen a pink. However, the black shows up well and I need to see all those shapes if I’m going to see what needs work. And these larger curves in the meander really need more work! Funny how the denser pattern comes more easily to me. Stinka agrees that more practice is required. I suspect she just wants more opportunities to show off. At least this quilt went smoothly. No tension problems on this one. Thank heavens! I quilted the diamonds on my Bernina because I don’t have any rulers yet for the Juki. I was instantly reminded of all the reasons I love my quilt frame set up. It’s a world of difference!
You can still find this floral print at eQuitlers.com. It’s called Passionate Petunias. The Masquerade Diamonds are scarce, so if you see them…scoop them up!In the end, Stinka did give her Paw of Approval for this quilt. I hope you like it too!
No matter how high the stack of quilt tops needing actual quilting may be, there’s always time to prepare for the next one. Or two. I love my flannel thin quilt so much, I just have to make another. I ordered more Anna Maria Horner flannel Surprise Endings from Quilt Home. They’ve been washed and are ready for cutting. Don’t they look lovely?Another stack of gorgeous color is waiting for my attention as well. I dug into my Sis Boom stash for this project. I’ll be making a scrappy version of my free pattern for Free Spirit. This is going to be one of those projects where I encourage you to let go of the rules and let your own style shine. If you want to get started cutting, you need 96 – 5″ squares and 48 – 5 ” x 9 1/2″ rectangles. Dig into your scraps and start cutting!This quilt is throw sized at 54″ x 72″ but can be enlarged quite easily. I’ll be putting together a worksheet with the basics so you don’t have to print all the pages off the MakeItCoats website.
Ready for a little colorful fun? I know I am!