Thursday, January 15, 2015

A Winter's Garden Quilt in Emmy Grace : :

Winter's Garden Quilt in Emmy Grace

I'm so excited to have finished and photographed this newest version of my Winter's Garden Quilt!

Winter's Garden Quilt in Emmy Grace

This one is made using Bari J.'s Emmy Grace collection and a rainbow of Art Gallery's Pure Element solids!

Winter's Garden Quilt in Emmy Grace

I had originally planned to recreate my first Winter's Garden Quilt to draft the pattern, but once I began I just couldn't commit to making that same exact pattern with these fabrics. Right away interesting design changes kept coming to mind while I worked. I ended up giving in to just one idea, to patchwork my sashing with the Emmy Grace low volume prints. I love the look of soft, low volume patchwork so much more than using just one light print or solid as a background fabric!

Winter's Garden Quilt in Emmy Grace

Next I decided to frame each of my blocks with narrow strips of Pure Element solids in a variety of colors that would play nicely with Emmy Grace. As a result, a completely different pattern emerged that I love even more than the original design I created!

Winter's Garden Quilt in Emmy Grace

Winter's Garden Quilt in Emmy Grace

I chose Bari J.'s gorgeous Emmy Grace voile print, Budquette in Nightfall, as my quilt backing. At 52" wide, the added length of Art Gallery Fabric's voile makes piecing together a quilt back so super quick & easy!

Winter's Garden Quilt in Emmy Grace

I really wanted this one to be quilted with a beautiful floral design, so I splurged to have it long arm quilted by my go-to girl, Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting. I chose the pretty Emily flower & leaf pattern from her stitch catalog and, for the first time, chose her Quilter's Dream 100% cotton batting. WOW, am I ever thrilled with how it turned out!!

Winter's Garden Quilt in Emmy Grace

Now I know I say this all the time and then my plans fizzle for whatever reasons, BUT I really, really hope to release this patten sometime soon!  This year, one of my BIG goals is to focus on my pattern work. Your interest and encouragements always drives me to work harder, so if you happen to be interested, please do let me know!

Thanks!  ♡ Maureen      

46 comments:

  1. I love this quilt! and your snowy quilt pictures! Can't wait for the pattern to be released :)

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  2. Lovely & once again your inspiration guides we quilters/fabric lovers onward. I follow on FB & always anticipate your newest creations. Thank you Maureen.

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    1. Awe, thank you so much!! Having your support & encouragement is so wonderful!!

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  3. This is really beautiful--and such a great way to showcase larger pieces of fabric.

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  4. What a gorgeous quilt! I just love the low volume sashing with the brilliant little strips of color.:)

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  5. Hi Maureen,
    That quilt would make an Amazing, Month to Month Quilt Along? I would love to learn how to make it? Maybe you could post something like that.... Love Your Blog :)
    www.southerncharminspired.blogspot.com
    Thanks,
    Valerie

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  6. I am so glad you said you are going to try to make a pattern for this quilt or any of your quilts! The whole time I was reading your post, I was thinking how I love your work and would love to make one of your quilts myself!!

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    1. Thank you! I often intend to create patterns for each of the quilts I make, but if I don't find time right away, new ideas start flowing and eventually distracting me from moving forward with my pattern writing plans. I just love making so much, but as I mentioned above, I really hope to make the time to share more patterns and how-to's! Thanks for being interested!!

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  7. This is such a pretty quilt. I can really see this in all blues and whites. Thanks for sharing. I would love a pattern. This looks simple enough even I can do this. LOL Stay warm and have a great day.

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  8. Maureen this is just wonderful! Excellent choices all around!

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  9. Beautiful quilt!! Love the way you photograph your quilts - always fantastic!!

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  10. Beautiful, love the back, cool pictures of the quilt!

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  11. Beautiful! And, YES, I'd love for you to do patterns.

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  12. I would be very interested in this pattern. I love how it turned out.

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  13. This has to be one of my favorites of all time. Love love love this pattern/layout, everything about it. Just absolutely beautiful! I would definitely be interested in the pattern!

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  14. What a great, graphic quilt!!

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  15. It is a completely different look than before and I love it. Love all the colors.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  16. This is so beautiful! One of my favorites!

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  17. You make the best quilts and take the best photos!

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    1. Thank you so much Anne! I love being able to share where I live in this way. It's so fun!

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  18. Beautiful! I love the name Winter Garden for this, especially with your on location photo shoot!

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  19. Beautiful photos! I really love the dark cornerstones against the low volume patchwork borders too !

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  20. Lovely quilt, as always, and glad you choose that print for the backing - my very favourite from this collection and one I used along with grey and pink washer linens to make a zip pouch for my Mother in law for Christmas - such a delicious print :)

    I love both versions of the quilt pattern but this new one really seems to suit this collection. I like to think that when we truly connect with fabrics (which sounds plain silly when you write it down!) and really get into what we're doing, the fabrics can sometimes show us the 'right' way to work with them. Or maybe I'm being fanciful! :)

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  21. I love this quilt! I have a fat quarter bundle of Emmy Grace and a small stash of pure elements solids that I would love to use. I hope you make up a pattern for this quilt soon!

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  22. So beautiful and stunning pictures!!

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  23. Simply beautiful. The backdrop makes the colours just pop.
    I would ask if you are concerned that the voile backing with wear faster than the top of the quilt?

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  24. I love how the fabric choices and placement of light and dark fabrics make each block look so different.
    You're very lucky to have such wonderful settings to serve as backdrops for your quilts -- so pretty.

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  25. Oh I am SOOOO interested in a pattern for this quilt! I have the same collection of Emmy Grace prints and I'm in LOVE with this quilt! I've seen lots of other quilts made using the EG line, but I can't bear to have the beautiful prints cut so small. SO, I'll be watching for the pattern. Godspeed, my friend!!!

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  26. Would so love patterns of your quilts! In line waiting to buy..... :)
    Where do you find all the low volume art gallery fabrics? They are just beautiful and so soft looking.

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    1. Thank you Cindy! Most of the low volume prints I used here are right from the Emmy Grace collection. I added in a few Art Gallery blenders in both their Squared Elements and Pure Elements, as well!

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  27. Would love a pattern for this quilt! I know I'm late letting you know, but I'll be buying it the day you make it available.

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  28. Love the front and back of this quilt. It's really pretty!

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  29. Oh yes please! A pattern would be wonderful - this quilt is such a beauty!

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  30. would love a pattern for this quilt! beautiful!

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  31. Absolutely beautiful!!! I don't know if or how you have time to see all your comments but I sure can see how much, so many of us, totally love, love, love your work. The design and artist flare you have is amazing! Keep up the spectacular job, it keeps me motivated to push harder and think outside the box in all aspects of my life. Thank you!

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