My friend Patty had recently sorted, folded and stacked most of my fabric, and I was able to see what a lot of rich, jewel-toned yardage I have. So I was looking for a project that would use some of my large stash of colors, in a somewhat monochromatic theme.
I found more than one gorgeous quilt to make in our new book, Colorful Quilts for Fabric Lovers by Amy Walsh and Janine Burke.
This book showcases ten new colorful quilt projects that are perfect for my collected blues, or maybe red pieces, or perhaps a wild mash-up of all those batiks stacked on the upper shelves. Your chance to win a copy is at the end of this post.
Amy and Janine even show how you can use strips of the fabrics you have, or get a new fat quarter assortment to piece your top, as in this quilt called Too Flat. Click the quilt images to zoom in.
I especially love how each quilt project is followed by alternate colorways and sizes, a feature that makes it easy for those of us who are math-challenged. The yardages are given for all those sizes, so it is so easy!Amy and Janine’s business, Blue Underground Studios, has been offering innovative patterns since 2005, and in this book they’ve shared how to make stunning quilts which look more complex than they really are, with easy piecing and colorful fabric doing all the work. Squares, rectangles, strips……all the ‘cuts’ we use in quiltmaking, with tips on every page.
Amy and Janine obviously LOVE fabric and give hints on buying strategies. They feature batiks, solids, small prints, solids and very large prints. And they piece their quilt backs, as do I, which gives vibrant character to both sides of the quilt.
One quilt I’ll be making, Crossroads, has a tip about using ”more than 40 different fabrics…to get the look and texture you want…the more fabrics, the better” I think I’ll do that one with my greens.
Union Station will be eye-popping with my variety of reds, combined with a subtle grey on black dotted, that ‘reads’ as a solid cavern-grey.
This is a book you should have because you’ll be able to make some exciting quilts right from your stash…and then head to your local quilt shop to replenish with some of the gorgeous new fabric lines that will be arriving soon…sounds like a plan to me!
One lucky person will win their very own copy of Colorful Quilts for Fabric Lovers. To enter, leave a comment at the end of this post telling us your favorite colors to work with.
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