Spring is finally here! The trees in my backyard are starting to bud with leaves, my tulips have begun to make their debut, and the weather is warming here in Colorado. In celebration of this season full of new beginnings, I’ve gathered a handful of patchwork quilts inspired by blooming gardens and spring break travels.
Nothing says spring like flowers in bloom. Kate Colleran uses appliqué to create a row of bright flowers as a pop of color in her patchwork quilt. The pinwheels seem to move in the wind as the background of the pinwheel blocks change from gray to white and back again. Kate adds a layer of subtle texture in this quiet quilt by using a blend of cotton and linen for the background fabrics.
This large bed quilt, measuring 98” x 95”, by Victoria Findlay Wolf screams spring. Inspired by the expansive garden her grandparents had, Victoria uses super-sized hexagons to create a patchwork garden of her own. Not only is this quilt a great way to perfect your Y-seams, it’s also an easy project to practice fussy cutting as you highlight your favorite large-scale bouquet print.
A garden just wouldn’t be complete without a lattice for your flowers to climb. Scott A. Murkin’s quilt gives this garden staple a new twist by using a dark tone-on-tone floral print for the background instead of the light fabrics we often see in modern quilts. The subtle print on the darker fabric used in the background compliments the style of its brighter counterparts and it really makes those focus fabrics sing.
Unfortunately, not everyone has the time or resources for a spring break adventure. Not to worry; Sheryl Schleicher helps us escape to the sand and surf without ever leaving our sewing room! You can’t help but be cheered on even the dreariest of spring days as you work with the bright colors in this easy-to-piece strip quilt.
Speaking of traveling from the comfort of your sewing room, take a trip to the tropics where you can snooze under the palms with this whimsical quilt designed by Pamela Goecke Dinndorf. Even first-time paper piecers can create this lush and eye-catching patchwork project. Plus, this fat quarter-friendly quilt is also a great way to use up those green prints and solids along with the black and white prints in your fabric stash.
Go ahead; celebrate the season of new beginnings with patterns for patchwork quilts. Find your next project when you explore patterns ranging from bright and bold to soft and subtle in the Interweave store. Check it out today!
Happy quilting and happy spring!
P.S. Love all five of these quilts? Get all of the patterns in the 2016/2017 issue of International Quilt Festival Quilt Scene magazine.