After spending most of this past weekend outside, I was stunned by the lilacs, irises, and tulips all abloom in my neighborhood.
With frequent rain showers, there hasn’t been much opportunity to be outside at all this spring. It seems the April showers lasted right through May and are now bringing June flowers. I was pleasantly surprised by all of the bright greens, purples, and reds after a dreary spring.
Inspired by all the plant life sprouting up around me, I’ve decided to share my five favorite floral-inspired modern quilt patterns.
What better way to kick off our list than with this gem of a quilt? In her Peridot Petals Quilt, Susan Forbes puts a modern spin on the Melon Patch Block most commonly used in traditional quilt patterns. Her use of green and blue-green fabrics amidst the neutral background reminds me of the first buds of spring starting to sprout on an overcast day. Use fat quarters and the paper quilting templates included with the pattern instructions to easily piece the curves of each petal. If you want more visual sizzle, experiment with red and pink fabrics for your petals or take a multicolored approach.
Can you tell that Jenn Nevitt uses Half-Square Triangle Blocks to make this Wild Rose Quilt? Neither could I. She uses a combination of HSTs, squares, and rectangles to create each block. Their orientation, along with the high contrast of the fabrics she chose, make this a vibrant yet elegant modern quilt. Try using contrasting print fabrics or use a few hues of your favorite color to make your own version of this quilt. If the blue is for you, skip the trip to the fabric store by ordering the Wild Rose Quilt kit from Craft of Quilting.
Nothing says summer quite like a picnic in the park. Make sure you take your Picnic Petals Quilt along for the outing. Inspired by petals and pinwheels, Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill uses a mix of print and solid fabrics to create a sense of movement in her king size quilt. If you’re new to curved piecing, try using this quilt pattern to inspire your own smaller picnic quilt for two.
Speaking of curved piecing… Have you seen this gorgeous quilted pillow designed by Angela Pingel? Her fabric choices and accurate piecing create a seamless transition between each quilt block that is nothing short of stunning. This small quilting project is a great way to practice curved piecing, but if you want more instruction from Angela that will help you piece curves like a pro, check out her video Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing.
Each summer I’m most excited when the hydrangeas in my garden start to bloom. Not only are they beautiful with their many small blooms, but I love the way their color can morph depending on the acidity of the soil. That’s probably why I’m enamored by the way Casey York uses ombré fabric to depict the subtle shift of tones in hydrangea blossoms. This is an easy quilt to customize because the placement of the appliquéd blooms is not as important as their rhythm within the design. In my version of this quilt I would use a mix of periwinkle blues with purple-pinks. If you want to give this quilt a go this summer, order the Hydrangea Quilt kit with everything you need to get started at Craft of Quilting.
For more quilt patterns and project inspiration, be sure to check out all of the quilt projects on sale in the Interweave Store. And if you’re in the market for free contemporary quilt projects, you won’t want to miss out on the free projects and tutorials available right here on Quilting Daily.
P.S. What projects are you working on this summer? Leave a comment below to share your summer quilting plans.