As you have probably guessed by now, both Mel and I adore flowers, and in particular roses. There are some gorgeous floral fabrics on the market. I used Amy Butler, Jennifer Paganelli, Kaffe Fasset and a mixture of Free Spirit Fabrics. Be brave, be confident in using such bold and colourful prints. The effect is so stunning!
I’ve been wanting to make a quilt for quite a while now to showcase our large scale floral prints and took my inspiration from a quilt designed by Kaffe Fassett, renowned for his brilliant colour combinations and designs. The idea is a simple one, a log cabin style block with a floral centre square which is fussy-cut to show off the flower, either a single bloom or a cluster. These flowers are then ‘framed’ by strips of colourful fabric, mainly spots and smaller scale florals.
I would start by choosing my flower, cut it to size and then begin the process of pulling together a pallette of colours to not only compliment but also to contrast with the colours and background of each individual flower – not as easy as it sounds! Kathy Doughty, fabric designer and owner of the world famous Material Obsession says ‘random-looking quilts are much harder to make than they look!’ And she’s right! Each block I made (36 to date) is different and each one took careful consideration to get the combination right. But I’ve loved the process and the challenge of working with so much colour and pattern.
Why not celebrate summer in all its glory by capturing those gorgeous flowers and making your own quilt to keep summer blooming all year round!