Colors of summer: 6 patterns to inspire your patchwork

Quilts from Vintage VibeCan you feel summertime in the air yet? Here in the Pacific Northwest, the upcoming summer is making itself known in the form of brilliant flowers blooming in a whole spectrum of stunning shades. Color inspiration is everywhere! Favorite vacation destinations (think ocean blues and tropical greens), delicious confections (ice cream pastels), or Fourth of July festivities (red, white, and blue) bring to mind many potential fabric combinations for summer quilt patterns.

To help start your color wheels spinning, check out these gorgeous patchwork projects from two books that put bold and beautiful fabrics front and center.

Vintage VibeVintage Vibe: Traditional Quilts, Fresh Fabrics

In Vintage Vibe, Amber Johnson combines time-honored quilt blocks and designs with contemporary fabrics in bright and sunny color schemes that are perfect for summer stitching.

“Growing Up” is a simple quilt pattern that makes a big impact. The oversized flowers provide a great opportunity for showing off vivid, large-scale prints. The navy background is a unexpected choice that really makes the petals pop.

Growing Up quilt from Vintage Vibe
“Growing Up” from Vintage Vibe

Patriotic and nautical colors are summer classics. For a fresh twist, Amber used light and airy shades of red and blue for the Churn Dash blocks in “Playing Favorites.” Mixing summery shirting prints, polka dots, plaids, and florals gives the quilt a scrappy and playful look.

Playing Favorites quilt from Vintage Vibe
“Playing Favorites” from Vintage Vibe

Candy colors are reminiscent of sweet summer treats like saltwater taffy, making them an ideal choice for a quilt called “Sugar.” Use fat quarters in cheerful prints for the tulip-inspired blocks. The companion “Sugar Sweet” quilt pattern is a cute crib-sized option.

Sugar and Sugar Sweet quilts from Vintage Vibe
“Sugar” and “Sugar Sweet” from Vintage Vibe

A Flair for FabricA Flair For Fabric: Creative Sewing Projects from the Designers at Henry Glass

In this inspiring collection of projects, the talented designers from Henry Glass & Co., Inc., share 15 fun designs as well as expert advice for successfully mixing and matching fabrics.

For “Delightful,” designer Jacquelynne Steves used a palette of summery citrus colors and a hint of aqua. You’ll also find her helpful tips for sewing scallops.

Delightful quilt from A Flair for Fabric
“Delightful” by Jacquelynne Steves from A Flair For Fabric

Sometimes quick and small projects are best in summer, when lovely weather is tempting you away from your sewing machine. Update your dining decor with Vicki Oehlke’s “Blueberries and Bananas Place Mats.” This project is also a great option for using up leftover fat quarters or scraps from your stash.

Blueberries and Bananas place mats
“Blueberries and Bananas Place Mats” by Vicki Oehlke from A Flair For Fabric

“Breezy,” by Jill Finley, features patchwork and appliqué in soft shades of blue and green combined with a rich black print for contrast. Jill also provides suggestions for discovering your own color “muse” to inspire you and add that special spark to your next quilt.

Breezy quilt from A Flair for Fabric
“Breezy” by Jill Finley from A Flair For Fabric

What’s your favorite summer color scheme? Bright and bold? Or soft and subtle? Tell us in the comments!

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