|"Ella" by Tricia Lynn Maloney; |
featured in Quilter's World Spring 2015
The Breezy Blooms collection is fun and relaxed -- exactly how I wanted this quilt to look.
Do you have a favorite print in the collection?
I really loved the scribble fabrics in the bold saturated colors.
The white background fabric is the perfect choice for Breezy Blooms with its saturated yummy colors. The white solid provides a lot of contrast, but keeps the Breezy Bloom Prints as the "stars of the show." The white solid also helps to calm down the quilt a bit because of all the different prints.
Can you talk about your pieced border choice?
When designing the quilt, I tried several different border treatments including no border at all. I found that a single fabric border overpowered the scrappy double Irish chain, so I decided to use long narrow rectangles which acted more like frames, but didn't overpower the patchwork.
What do you like best about the quilt?
The final result, of course! Once all of the elements came together -- the design, the fabric, and the quilting -- the quilt really had sparkle and was definitely a breath of fresh air. I was thrilled to discover it had been selected for the cover.
Can you tell us about the machine quilting?
When faced with so much empty white space, sometimes it's hard for me to come up with a quilting plan. But with this quilt, I followed the Breezy Blooms lead and went for a big showy floral design in the negative spaces. To further emphasize the diagonal qualities of the chains, I quilted a simple serpentine.
Next up, Melanie Greseth and Joanie Holton designed "Breezy Blossoms" for the spring issue of Fons & Porter's Easy Quilts magazine. In their quilt, the textured plaid takes center stage, alternating with columns of tipsy squares--a more contemporary look.
|"Breezy Blossoms" designed by Melanie Greseth and Joanie Holton; |
pieced by Sharon Rosberg and machine quilted by Naomi Polzin
featured in Easy Quilts spring 2015