Most of us patchwork quilters would agree that after the pieces are sewn, the layers are quilted, and the binding is bound, one thing can make or break a quilt: the fabric. And for all the fabric we buy, collect, and stack in our sewing spaces (anyone okay with hoard?), sometimes it seems nearly impossible to find the right quilt designs and patterns that’ll inspire us to use the stuff.
The challenge is a common one: it’s easy to get stuck trying to visualize quilt designs and patterns in different colors from the original. You love that pieced leaf motif, but you don’t stash batiks. That antique-y Churn Dash draws you close, but you only stash batiks. You spot a favorite block in a quilt pattern, but the colors featured in the design simply don’t speak to you.
We all want the same thing from the patchwork quilt patterns we accumulate: to be able to create striking, showy quilts with the fabric we have on hand. After all, the fabric is what we fell in love with in the first place! When putting together quilts for the new book Eye-Catching Quilts, the staff at Quiltmaker magazine kept your fabric stashes in mind. They wanted to show you how versatile patchwork quilt designs can be, so they made up their quilts in alternate colorways in almost every case. That way, you can see the flexibility in each design for yourself.
Yes, fabric can take a quilt from simplistic to sensational, from average to amazing. The staff at Quiltmaker curated the patterns in Eye-Catching Quilts to help you see quilts in a new light—no matter what colors, textures, and prints light up your stash. Let’s take a look at how they turn a few of the quilts from the book on their heads!
See all the projects from Eye-Catching Quilts at the bottom of this post.
“Falling Leaves” features batiks in beautiful, traditional autumn colors, while “Autumn Nights” uses traditional prints on a dark background for a subdued, old-fashioned look. Just look at the variety of prints in these blocks!
Choose two colors that you collect often to make this “Raspberry Truffles” quilt—and take a huge bite out of your stash. Pinks and browns make a rich, vibrant combo. An alternate wall quilt, “Breezy Baskets,” goes for a soothing, gentle look with soft blues and greens.
Dig into your fabric stash to make this scrappy “Piece and Goodwill” quilt for the holidays, where dark-green squares run diagonally in one direction across the quilt and red squares run diagonally in the other direction. In the alternate crib quilt, “Pink Lemonade,” the value placement is modified for a completely different look.
While the overall look of this “Perennial Petals” quilt is scrappy, each block has controlled elements, like two green batiks per block. In the variation, bright hand-dyed wools and black flannel add cozy textures and strong contrasts that make each flower pop.
Have you bravely transformed a pattern by changing up the fabrics—or are you more of a color-by-number kind of quilter? Tell us your fabric story in the comments
and you could win a copy of the Eye-Catching Quilts eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you’ve won. Good luck!
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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Norma, who writes:
“Thank you for the chance to win this very interesting book. I usually change the fabric or colors in a pattern for those I like at that time. I try to add new color combinations that I haven’t used before.”
Norma, we’ll email you about your free eBook. Congratulations!