Spring Growth - Photo Courtesy of Love, Patchwork & Quilting
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Spring Growth in LP&Q Issue 45

I finally get to share Spring Growth, a fun quilt I made last year with you today! I made Spring Growth back in September/October of last year, and it is included in Issue 45 of Love, Patchwork & Quilting which was released in the UK on March 1st (the magazine will be available in the US in another 4-6 weeks).

Spring Growth - Photo Courtesy of Love, Patchwork & Quilting

Spring Growth – Photo Courtesy of Love, Patchwork & Quilting

Spring growth was inspired in both design and color palette by a photograph of a finch. In the photo, the finch’s dark eye is surrounded by a pop of orange and a dusty gray body and background. Birds are one of the first signs of spring in my area, so I chose to back and bind the quilt in green as the promise of the growth ahead.

Feathered Hues - Courtesy of Design Seeds

Feathered Hues – Courtesy of Design Seeds

I created the quilt design in the Quilt Design a Day Facebook group. When I pitched the idea for publication, I modified the color palette to use Cirrus Solids, which added a bit of depth as compared to the original lighter hued color palette.

Spring Growth

Spring Growth

I am quite proud of this design because it is not perfectly symmetrical (something that I know I lean towards and use a lot in my designs) and because I really let myself enjoy quilting all of the negative space.

Spring Growth - Quilting Detail

Spring Growth – Quilting Detail

I used the following Cloud9 Cirrus Solids for this Spring Growth: Ash (Background), Shadow, Midnight, Clementine, and Mint (Binding and Backing).

Spring Growth - Backing

Spring Growth – Backing

I color matched 50wt Aurifil thread to the top and used the same color in my bobbin, and I love getting to see how the design reads on the solid mint backing as a result.

Spring Growth

Spring Growth

If you are interested in making your own version of Spring Growth, you can find the pattern in Issue 45 of Love, Patchwork & Quilting. The magazine is also available for purchase as a digital download. You can get a preview of all the projects in Issue 45 on the LP&Q blog (my friends Michelle Bartholomew and Karin Jordan also have projects in this issue!).

27 thoughts on “Spring Growth in LP&Q Issue 45

  1. gsyanne63 says:

    I received my copy of patchwork and Quilting this week and loved the quilt when I saw it, I think your quilting is superb and really adds to the flow a brilliant job well done and congratulations xxx

  2. Helen says:

    Congratulations on your first UK publication, hopefully the first of many ! I love the gentle colours in this and your use of the negative space

  3. frstborn says:

    I subscribe to Love Patchwork – I love the magazine and I also love your pattern!

  4. Liz Horgan says:

    Another beautiful pattern-congratulations! It’s cool how you mix up the quilting designs in the negative space-I’m not daring enough to do that. Plus, I usually don’t have that much negative space. Do you plan that out, or do you just randomly change your quilt design when you feel you’ve done enough?

  5. Yvonne, this is another beautiful piece. The quilting is so perfect. I can’t even think of quilting pasted straight line. When I grow up I want to have your sense for quilting.

  6. Amazing quilting in that negative space!

  7. Kristie Cook says:

    I really love the colors of this quilt! It’s a great representation of your color inspiration. The different quilting patterns give it so much texture – it makes me want to touch it!

  8. jayne says:

    Your quilting on this is amazing! Congrats on the magazine, this quilt is so beautiful! LP&Q is an amazing magazine…so many pretties in each one!

  9. Woohoo, another beauty! I really like how the styled shot really shows off your incredible quilting in the negative space.

  10. Paula S. Pike says:

    Yvonne, the moment I saw that quilt yesterday in my e-version of the magazine I knew it had to be you who designed it. I also thought, this is definitely one I’m going to have to make. I so love the blocks and the negative space in this quilt.

  11. Congrats Yvonne! The design is wonderful and your implementation of it is even better. Love the colors you selected – the mint green is so pretty. 🙂

  12. What an accomplishment!

    Where do you buy your Cirrus Solids? I had a hard time locating them the last time I searched. I love their hand.

  13. Tish says:

    Congrats, Yvonne! I love the colors in this quilt and the flow quilting is just beautiful. The Mint and Clementine fabrics give a fresh pop of color to the quilt.

  14. SUBTLE is the one word that comes to me as I look at the design, the quilting, and those fabrics. Another stunning design.

  15. Congratulations! It’s an unexpected color palette that you made work so well. The placement of the blocks is awesome, and your quilting pulls it all together!

  16. Your quilt is gorgeous! I especially love all the quilting. Congratulations on being published. 🙂

  17. Congratulations! I am happy for you and your quilt is wonderful 🙂

  18. Congratulations on having another quilt design published. I love birds so I’m particularly delighted that it was the colours of a robin that inspired you. Your quilting is really amazing and adds so much interest to the finished piece.

    1. I loved seeing how your quilt related back to your design inspiration and all the symbolism you tucked into it! Congratulations on a fantastic finish and a great publication! See you at New Bloggers Group!

  19. Gail Peck says:

    I love your quilt, as well as the lead photo with the cool ORANGE, my favorite color, clock and phone. Beautiful quilting as well. I found your blog from one of our Orlando guild members, Diana.

  20. Congratulations! I love those colors together and all that negative space gives the quilter endless possibilities. Your choice of flow quilting looks lovely.

  21. Congrats on the pattern in the magazine! You did have fun with all that negative space, I can see. I am working on a project that I have to keep secret, and the negative space is scaring me a bit, but I will try to be inspired and less fearful while thinking of you.

  22. Beautiful. I would never have thought to use Mint for the backing and binding. But I love it.

  23. This is such a gorgeous quilt Yvonne and I love seeing your design inspiration. I have already seen it in my magazine – pity you guys have to wait so much longer! When you were quilting the negative did you mark it in any way or did you just go for it? I have a quilt with lots of negative space that I need to quilt and I want to do lots of FMQ but a bit unsure of taking that first stitch!!

  24. Sandra says:

    Congratulations Yvonne! That is a beauty, as is the gorgeous flow quilting you did. 🙂

  25. Beautifully done. Congrats on the publication in the magazine.

  26. What a great design and I love your colors!

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