Friday, July 13, 2018

Gloaming Cover Girl!

Have you seen the July-August 2018 issue of Quilty magazine? Check out that cover girl! The Twilight Beads quilt, designed by Melanie Greseth and Joanie Holton, uses Shelley Cavanna's Gloaming collection. Gorgeous! 

We asked Joanie and Melanie to talk to us about their cover quilt. 

What attracted you to the Gloaming collection?
We loved the color palette. Shelley talks about how the palette came from the gloaming time of day, when these colors show up, and the turquoise, lime and mulberry prints really appealed to us.

How did this design happen?
Melanie really loves flying geese. We challenged ourselves to make a design that is fat quarter friendly, but also contemporary and fun to sew. This quilt is made completely from flying geese.

"Twilight Beads" designed by Melanie Greseth and Joanie Holton;
pieced by Vicki Swanson and quilted by Sheri Zalar;
featured in Quilty magazine July/August 2018

The quilt looks scrappy, but it still has a color pattern. How do you do that?
The layout is scrappy, but we grouped colors to give it a more pleasing feel. The flying geese are sewn together into sets of three, and you can follow our design to get the same look. Scrappy is fun, but sometimes it takes longer than it needs to. By making specific color sets, the quilt assembles quickly.

So the diamonds are made of flying geese as well?
Yes. Depending on how you turn the sets, you get that diamond.

How do the sashing rows enhance the design?
It creates breathing space around each column and at the top and bottom. As a bonus, you don’t have to worry about the points matching up between rows!

What do you like best?
I like how it’s kind of a little surprise to have the squares mixed in there with the flying geese. It’s a fresh, geometric look without being too blocky. Plus, it’s a really approachable quilt to make.

Click here to see the entire Gloaming collection.
Click here to purchase the kit for Twilight Beads.
Click here to purchase the July/August issue of Quilty magazine.
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