» Crown Jewels

June 8, 2017


Crown Jewels is one of two new patterns I released in St. Louis at Spring Market.  This is the cover quilt – It’s made with textured solids by Frond Design Studios.

I’ve wanted to make what I call a “cross” quilt for a long time.  The inspiration started several years ago in a Starbucks coffee shop where I happened to buy a KIND granola bar with my latte quite on a whim.  At that time, the wrapper had a strip of color and pattern on both ends. This particular bar had multiple rows of little white crosses on a red background. I actually saved that wrapper for some future quilt inspiration and in the meantime I looked all over for quilts that had a similar pattern.  The design I ended up with is kind of a “hidden” cross quilt. Depending on how the fabrics and colors are arranged, the cross pattern can be immediately distinguishable or not!

Whenever I make a quilt, regardless of it being my own design, from the start I am thinking about how that exact quilt would look in different fabrics and/or different colors.  Right after I started sewing the first Crown Jewels sample, I could not stop wanting to make it in shot cottons.

I LOVE shot cottons.  These are cottons that are woven using one color for the warp and another color for the weft. The color of the fabric can look different, depending on the way you look at it. I am using Kaffe Fasset shot cottons for this sample.  They are super soft, and the colors blend together beautifully.  As soon as I came home from market this project moved to the top of my priority list.

This pattern also lends itself well to so many different block arrangements.  In fact, at the end of the pattern, I included a couple of suggestions for alternate block layouts. Here’s another sample I have in the works that I started before market.  It’s mostly Cotton and Steel fabrics in shades of blue, white, cream and black.  I love the graphic randomness of these prints.

I’m looking forward to getting both of these samples done and quilted.  I’m excited to share them with you!


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