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Meet Rose…a Quilted Beauty

May I introduce Rose, the first quilt in a new series of patterns, Colorful Petals, featuring the same technique of using both sides of one focus fabric as in Colorful Wings.Image of Quilt Hanging on Fence

Rose’s focus fabric, Bed of Roses by Geri Robinson by Red Rooster Fabrics, is shown in the accent strip on the left and the binding. The flowers are also made of the front side of this fabric. The vase is made from the reverse side. Isn’t that the most fabulous back It all started with Phoebee (Click here to see Designing Quilts by Chance) and the excitement over the backside of fabric continues!

Just like Phoebee, Belle, and Lily, Rose is a fast, fun wall hanging which makes it a great gifting quilt, as well as a pretty decoration in your sewing or dining room.

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Phoebee, Belle & Lily

The key lies in the back of the focus fabric and testing values with your scrappy background. (Click here to see The Tricky Traits of Value).

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Check in for more patterns which USE BOTH SIDES of one focus fabric!

Patterns available at     and at The Golden Needle, Inc. in Cape Girardeau, MO.

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Patterns available at The Golden Needle or on Etsy.

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Colorful Wings – Three New Quilt Patterns

Introducing three quilt designs using BOTH sides of your focus fabric.

It all started with Phoebee (See Designing Quilts by Chance) and yardage of a Hoffmann Digital Spectrum print named Crystalia Rainbow.

Classes starting in September. Patterns available now.

After being inspired at quilt market (See Six Favorites from Quilt Market), I knew I wanted to mix lots of different fabric types to make a bee quilt. While I thought the shape of the bee would be “in the mix”, the background is actually where I used a variety of styles of fabrics:

chicken wire fabric from the 90’s, inherited from my mother-in-law, Pat, (love)

modern word fabric,


and pieces of selvage…

with a few accent strips of color.

Patterns available in my Etsy shop:

My Crystalia fabric became my bee. Her flowers I made from the “wrong” (such a harsh word) side of the same fabric.

I guess you could call the flower technique a “modern broderie perse” (thank you, Kelly). They are made with simple, fusible applique and are cut without fussing about the edges – in fact, I encourage letting background show through as it ties the two sides of the fabric together in the quilt.

In my classes and in my patterns, I point out that all reverse sides of fabric are not alike — audition your front AND back sides with your background fabrics.

The best way for me to describe a good reverse side is to say that it should “sing” just as much as the front, just with lesser value.

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One thing I liked most about Phoebee was that she seemed to be getting her life and beauty from the flowers. Thanks to the hubby for her name–which in Greek actually is spelled with two “e’s” at the end and means “bright, pure”.

Image of Class FlyerNext came Belle. She’s a French butterfly. Belle means “beautiful” (I NEVER got that about Beauty and the Beast – blush).

I found Belle’s fabric, Estate Gardens by Andover at my local quilt shop, The Golden Needle. I used similar neutrals in her background, but stayed with different shades of gray (some reversed) for the accent strips. Her binding is made with the reverse side out.

Note: I like to mix all shades of neutrals – white whites, beiges, off-whites- and all types of fabrics like tiny prints with batiks and novelties.

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Last but not least, meet Lily.

Lily is a sweet dragonfly made from Tree of Life fabric by Chong A Hwang for Timeless Treasures, also found at my local quilt shop.  Her background accent strips are in aqua because a) that’s my favorite color and b) I wanted to connect her to the water locales dragonflies love.Image of dragonfly quilt

Visit my Etsy page or The Golden Needle for patterns. If you are interested in weekend or evening classes, let me know in the comments below.

Next up is a review of value, very helpful for auditioning fabrics for Colorful Wings quilts! Don’t miss a post – sign up below for email notification! Thanks so much for following.  Karla




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