Monday, January 6, 2014

Pandora and Spring Bouquet

Quilts can help stave away the chill when there's a deep freeze outside—whether you're snuggled up beneath one, or piecing the top for a new one. This is Pandora. It's a pattern designed by one of my fabulous pattern designer friends, Chris Hoover, at Whirligig Designs.
"Pandora" made with Spring Bouquet pre-cut Fabrications strips
 by Blank Quilting.
I just finished piecing this top using a pre-cut strip collection by Blank Quilting, called Spring Bouquet. (Gee… if we "Think Spring," will the frost melt??) This is a strip collection of all metallics: swirls, mini leaves, small scale geometrics and tiny flowers. "Spring bouquet" adequately describes the rich, warm and vibrant colors in this color scheme.

After auditioning several possibilities for the setting triangles, I chose a creamy white metallic from Blank's Honeystone Hill collection [color: straw]. The neutral color provided an unobtrusive background which did not compete with the saturated colors of the 9-patch blocks. It framed the composition nicely.
Spring Bouquet pre-cut strips from Blank Quilting.
The centers of the 9-patch blocks are various fabrics from additional collections by Blank Quilting. If you decide to create a Pandora quilt yourself, you could pull fabrics from your scrap basket for these 4.5" center patches, or the pattern provides a yardage amount.
Strip sets await.
This is the next strip quilt project for which I'll be using the Prairie Wagon collection. These strip sets are patiently awaiting assembly while basking in the morning sunlight. I hope the sunlight and your quilts are keeping you warm these cold, frosty days.

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