It’s a gorgeous spring weekend here in Colorado. What better time to make this quilt?
I wrote the pattern for Tina Curran’s Sunkissed Blossoms on page 66 of our April/May issue. It was a fun and beautiful little quilt to work with. One of the most interesting aspects was Tina’s use of a wide variety of flowers from several different fabrics.
I thought I would give a little how-to here on the blog about choosing floral fabrics for this style of quilt.Before we get started, let me stress that these fabrics are all lovely in their own way (if they weren’t, we wouldn’t have them in our staff stash!) but some of them just won’t work for this kind of quilt and some of them will work much better than others.
As we mentioned in the magazine you should choose fabrics with flowers that don’t overlap and that don’t have leaves overlapping the blossoms. The fabrics below are both bad examples for this technique. You’d be hard-pressed to cut an entire flower out of either of these fabrics.
The fabric below is also a bad choice for this technique for a different reason. The blossoms are very blurry and impressionistic. It would be impossible to cut a definite flower from fabric like this.
The fabric below is another bad choice. The flowers are far too small. However, they do not overlap and if you were making a miniature version of this type of quilt or a postcard quilt, they might work. They’d be a little hard to handle though, since they measure only about a half inch across.
The flowers below have sharp, jagged petals. These would be impossible to cut around in any attractive way, and would also be hard to applique. The red and black flowers have gaps in their petals and would not have pleasing outlines when cut out. The pink and blue flowers overlap a lot, in addition to being jagged. I would pass on fabric like this for this particular technique.
The fabrics below have overlapping flowers, but they also have some that do not overlap. You could use some, but not all the flowers in these fabrics. If this is the only kind of florals you can find, you could still make the quilt, but you’d have to do a lot of fussy cutting.
All the fabrics below are the great for this technique. The flowers are discrete, not overlapping, and have definite edges. They also have a variety of color, scale, and style. Some are realistic while most are whimsical and abstract. A selection of fabrics like these would be ideal for making Sunkissed Blossoms.