“Four Patches on Parade”

15 06 2015

DSCN7444This past week I’ve been working on a new teaching sample, because in August, I’ll be giving a workshop to the Busy Bees in Greenville, SC. We’ll be making “Prest-O, Change-O,” a charm square friendly design. Through an innovative cutting technique, we’ll change a straight set quilt of squares into an on-point set quilt of diamonds. To illustrate the versatility of the cutting method, I designed “Four Patches on Parade” pictured here. (I’ll distribute this bonus pattern to workshop participants.)


For my quilt sample, I used Kona Snow and Navy as well as two prints by Denyse Schmidt. (Thanks, Karlyn, for helping me choose coordinating fabrics from my stash!)  I love how the solids and prints play together – the quilt has a fresh, vintage feel, don’t you think?”


Here’s the quilt loaded into the longarm — a blank palette for quilting designs. Since so much of the quilt is solid navy and white, I decided to add interest by quilting leaves in green thread. I had two choices of green thread: a dull olive which matched the green print and a lime green which is brighter than the print. I chose the lime green because it contrasted better with the navy fabric; the dull olive just faded into the navy. The free-hand leaf shape mimics the flowers in the green print fabric.


With 5″ borders, the quilt measures about 45″ square, the perfect size for a charity lap quilt or baby quilt.




4 responses

15 06 2015

What an awesome way to change the pattern! I love the lime green thread choice and your freehand leaves!

16 06 2015
Patti Hyder

I like this, I’ve been buying lots of charm packs from Missouri Star Quilt Co when they are super cheap, so can make some little quilts like yours. Thanks!

16 06 2015
Brenda E.

I really like the lime green thread design!

16 06 2015
Jen Johnston

Love the free hand quilt design! Looks great on the navy and the pieced block!

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