I always think its fun to see how different quilts turn out with slight changes.  This is Flirty, by April Rosenthal.  The plus signs are Bonnie and Camille fabrics, from many different lines, including some solid fabrics.

The biggest difference is the background fabrics.  On the left is Essex Linen in black, which is more of a dark charcoal in color.  The texture adds depth to the quilt as well. Some of the threads are chunkier and remind me of a very thin strand of yarn. While others are narrower, small and more threadlike.  It was surprisingly easy to sew on.  I expected more fraying, but I didn’t have any problems.

On the right is the Bella Ice background, the texture is smoother, crisper and naturally brighter. A hint of blue makes this fabric feel fresh, cheerful and summery.  It’s a standard quilting weight cotton that is always easy to sew with.  I expect to use Bella Ice in several more projects.

The left quilt is named Gradient Patriotic because of the red, white and blue gradient or ombré layout.  Color placement is key here because the the reds and navy’s change to lighter tones of pinks and aquas as they progress to the white center.  I never expected to have bold reds and blues converge in a white center.  But, when I was sewing one day it just struck me.  This might just be kind of cool.  :)

The left quilt layout is a scrappy, toss in all the colors kind of layout.  I love scrappy quilts because I don’t need to make sure the colors are the same tones.  I toss in an orange and a limey green, red and whatever tickles my fancy. I can mix and match and use all my leftover scraps from other projects.  Often my scrappy quilts have a memory or two associated with them.  Fabrics left over from a project I did with my daughters, or fabric a friend shared with me.  A story.  I’m also a lover of stories.  Especially quilts with stories.

I love the bright clean look of white backgrounds.  I mean I LOVE them! I consistently return to a crisp, bright white in my quilts.  However, I realize how fun and even invigorating trying new things can be.  To step out of my traditional and comfortable habits and discover new things to love and incorporate into my quilts.

I’m encouraging you to try some new things.  A new color, texture or how about a new designer of fabrics.  You don’t have to give up your favorites, and I know it can be scary.  Do a test block, lay them out on your table to get a feel for things.  Or, imitate someone or something you see on social media.  As the saying goes, “Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.”

Have fun trying new things! :)





I signed up for the Flirty Sew Along on Instagram hosted by Happinessinthemaking and Heritage.threads.  The pattern is by April Rosenthal.

I’ve been saving this black Essex Linen and thought it would make the colors pop.  Initially I laid the blocks out randomly, working hard to randomize the colors.  On a whim I thought I would see how things would look if I arranged things more gradient.

When I started arranging by colors the navy section was actually green; because, that’s what came with the jelly roll.  But I wasn’t feeling the love. IMG_4220

The Olympics are just around the corner and we just had the most awesome July 4th that I can remember.  I live at the top of the hill in my neighborhood.  Nobody climbs that hill to visit…unless they are in a car.  I think they are afraid of having a heart attack.  (haha!)

On July 4th the neighbors in every subdivision set their legal (and illegal) fireworks off.  My family sets up our camp chairs in the backyard and waits for the show.  This year we had a 360 degree view when all the neighbors around us lit their aerial fireworks.  It was AWESOME!  We live in Utah, but I sure love those Wyoming fireworks that my community brings to town.  ;)

And so… Gradient Patriotic was born….. now I’m nearly ready for the Olympics.  Well, I’ll pretend I am since this is currently laying on my sewing room floor.FullSizeRender