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These patterns began quite by accident with Phoebee. I knew I needed another element to add to the overall quilt and out of frustration, I tossed her fabric to the top of my work area where part of it turned over. That’s where it all began!
It felt right that Phoebee (bright, pure) seemed to get her life and vibrancy from the very flowers she was pollinating. She didn’t have a name at the time but once she was “born”, I began trying out names. My husband actually thought of Phoebee and when I learned it actually was spelled with two “e’s” and meant “bright, pure” in Greek, I knew it was the name for her.
Another feature of these patterns is the scrappy background and the use of four accent strips. I encourage bold choices for these fabrics, mixing a variety of “neutrals” and styles of fabrics. For example, I use word fabrics, chicken wire, batiks, miniature florals, grunge, polka dots, and Kaffe fabrics all together. In my patterns and classes, I also encourage quilters to make a definite contrast in their background style of fabric compared to their focus fabric.
So I began search for lovely fabric backs. I knew I wanted to make a French bee and the next fabric I found was perfect for the delicate flowers at the top. So Belle was created.
Lily finished out the Colorful Wings series of patterns.
In the Colorful Petals series each vase is made with the reverse of the focus fabric while the bouquet and binding are made from the front. The vases are different sizes and shapes to be proportional to the size and shape of the blooms in the focus fabric, although each can be used with any focus fabric.
Here are the first three patterns in that series, Rose, Emily, and Kate.
TEN #usebothsides quilts featured in Hancock’s of Paducah during AQS Quilt Week 2018!
SIX #usebothsides quilt patterns featured in Nancy Notion’s catalog!
Perfect for brewing up some hurly burlies in October! The cauldron, broomstick, and honey buzzard claws are made from a spiderweb fabric and the reverse of that fabric make the steam and bubbles. This background was especially fun because of the bold Halloween prints I could use. Notice that my background is dark on the top half and light on the bottom? It’s all about value, when compared to both sides of your focus fabric!
Sally (read about her here)