Today it is my honor to get to share my version of Blossom Chains, a quilt I made to support Cheryl Brickey’s latest book, Just One Charm Pack Quilts (affiliate link). When Cheryl (Meadow Mist Designs) was developing the concept for her book, she had the fun idea to have each quilt made in two colorways for the book to show the diversity of the patterns. It was with extreme honor that I made this version which is included as the second colorway on page 114.
For my version of Blossom Chains, I used a Flour Garden by Linzee Kull McCray for Moda Fabric charm pack, Bella Solids in White for Fabric A, and Shot Cotton in Pool by Kaffe Fassett for FreeSpirit Fabrics as the background.
I like how the dark navy binding frames the quilt well and pulls out some of the deeper navy from the prints within the quilt.
What I didn’t like, at the time, was realizing that I didn’t start my spiral quilting in the center of the quilt. Yup, you read that right: the quilting that you see here was definitely NOT my original plan. I had meant to do a single spiral starting from the center of the quilt. But I clearly wasn’t paying any attention AT ALL and marked somewhere off center… only to realize it when I quickly got to the edge of the quilt on one side and was nowhere near it on the other. Oops.
The shot cotton felt too delicate a fabric for me to rip out all of the quilting I had already done, so I opted to just keep quilting. I added another spiral. And then another. And another. In the end, I love the interference patterns that show up as secondary quilting designs from the overlapping shapes. It certainly wasn’t my intent, and I hope it doesn’t distract from Cheryl’s lovely design.
When Cheryl asked me if I would piece a quilt from her book, I was immediately drawn to Blossom Chains. When I received the fabric and instructions for the pattern from Cheryl last year, I spent a lot of time at my design wall looking at the layout and planning the position of each print within the overall composition. Don’t get me wrong, this pattern looks amazing fully scrappy, but with the mix of prints in the charm pack, I was able to come up with what I think is a really fun and purposeful circular layout of color. (hence my inspiration for spiral quilting starting at the center, haha).
If you have charm packs in your stash (5″ square precuts) and you’ve been wondering what to do with them, I highly encourage you to pick up Cheryl’s book, Just One Charm Pack Quilts. You can get a signed copy directly from Cheryl, or pick up a copy of the book from Amazon, from C&T Publishing (affiliate link), or check to see if your local quilt shop has it in stock!
Blossom Chains – Transparency Mockup
It’s no secret that I love transparency quilts, and one of the reasons I was so drawn to Blossom Chains is that it has the design element needed to create a transparency effect: overlapping shapes.
With Cheryl’s permission, I’ve made a mockup of Blossom Chains (using the same color palette as the quilt I made) to showcase the potential for a transparency effect. Transparency in quilts relies on two key factors: 1. overlapping shapes in a design and 2. convincing fabric selection. The video above highlights the shapes that are overlapping to come together to create the layout below.
If you and your quilt guild are interested in learning more about transparency, it’s one of my most popular virtual lectures and workshops and I’d love the opportunity to talk more about transparency and fabric selection with you. Simply leave a comment here or send an email to yvonne(at)quiltingjetgirl(dot)com and I’ll get you all the information you need to take to your guild! For those not affiliated with a quilt guild or a guild that is not offering virtual options, I also have a wide range of transparency patterns available in my pattern shop.