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