Thursday, January 11, 2018

Love those scrappy brights!

We've got another quilt to chase away those dreary winter days! This fun scrappy quilt by Joanie Holton and Melanie Greseth uses Nancy Halvorsen's Bree collection and was featured in Quilting Quickly magazine. 
"Brianne" designed by Joanie Holton and Melanie Greseth;
featured in the November/December 2017 issue of Quilting Quickly magazine.
We asked Joanie to tell us about the Brianne quilt. 

Do you love Nancy Halvorsen’s Bree collection as much as we do?
Yes! It’s so bright and cheery; it was really fun to play with.

Do you have a favorite print in the collection?
I am most drawn to the two-color fan print. I like the effect it has.

Tell us about this quilt.
We went for a scrappy look with hourglass blocks. With Nancy’s line, there are so many great prints to use, and they all go together. We paired fabrics and made sets of colors. We wanted the hourglasses to play nicely together, and we wanted each block to have one print that was a little heavier to create contrast.

The stripes look great in the hourglass block.
They do! People are often afraid to chop up stripes, but it can make a really cool effect if you just go for it.

How did you choose border fabrics?
We chose not to use a focal print and instead went with a three border treatment. With such a scrappy quilt, it’s easy to pick out almost any color for the border—the quilt center is such a smorgasboard of color! I’m always drawn to greens and blues, and that makes it a little more gender neutral as well. I think the borders bring all the colors together.

What do you like best about this quilt?

It’s a nostalgic quilt that makes me remember my grandma. I love that about it.

Click here to see the entire Bree collection.
Click here to purchase the quilt pattern.
Click here to find November/December 2017 issue of Quilting Quickly magazine.

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  1. It is a beautiful bright quilt! Thank you for sharing it with us!

  2. Fantastic quilt and love how you play with the fabrics!