I designed Sangria for our intermediate quilt making class at the Pine Needle to introduce log cabin blocks, half square triangles (shoo fly and hourglass blocks), mitered borders and foundation piecing (crossed canoe blocks).
Come see these quilts at the Pine Needle open house January 18-19!
It was immensely gratifying to see my fabulous students interpret Sangria in this past fall's class. Here is Susan's quilt as she is sewing the rows together. Susan used a neutral palette of white, creams and beiges; her quilt brings to mind treasured antique linens.
Susan's Sangria Quilt
|Suzanne's Sangria Quilt|
My students receive tons of encouragement and praise when they change up a pattern. My philosophy is that a pattern, much like a recipe, is a place to start ... a suggestion. The quilt you make is your very own statement so I am thrilled when students continue to look and experiment with color and layout as they work.
Kathy chose a palette of Stonehenge fabrics and oriented the log cabin blocks with the darks in the center. Doesn't her quilt have a beautiful circular feeling? And that subtle accent of soft aqua perfectly complements the warm rich red browns.
|Kathy's Sangria Quilt|
Karlee worked with a neutral palette of cream, beige, sage green and charcoal. I love the texture and movement of the Stonehenge stripe in the log cabin blocks.
|Closeup of Log Cabins (Karlee's Sangria Quilt)|
|Karlee's Sangria Quilt|
Liz's soothing palette of blues, beige and creams has a country French mood. The red accent fabric perfectly sets off the quilt and I love that she laid out her log cabin blocks in diagonal rows. The inner border is a tone on tone stripe that looks awesome with the mitered corner seams.
|Liz's Sangria Quilt|
Elizabeth worked with a palette of teal, cream and burgundy. Here, she auditions border fabrics.
|Elizabeth Auditions Borders|
After considering several border options, Elizabeth decided against the light-medium-dark teal frame and instead chose the dramatic burgundy from her log cabin blocks which frames her quilt beautifully and allows the white and teal blocks to sparkle.
|Elizabeth's Sangria Quilt|
Kathy A's palette brings to mind the desert colors of the southwest with burgundy, rust, gold and that beautiful sky blue. Here she is auditioning border fabrics:
|Kathy A Auditions Borders|
|Kathy A's Sangria Quilt|
An element of quilting that thrills Lana's heart is selecting fabric and she does a fabulous job. Here she works with batiks in a palette of soothing creams and soft aquas. Drama is not to be denied, however, with the addition of those stunning dark blue/black batiks.
|Center of Lana's Quilt|
Doesn't her piecing look perfect? (It is!) Stunning!
|Lana's Sangria Quilt|
Heather's quilt is intended for her daughter, if memory serves. She chose a modern palette of white, gray, chartreuse and orange and combines solids with polka dots and a large scale floral print. Isn't the floral stunning? I love love love the airy feeling of that floral ... a complete surprise! And I think the orange centers of the shoo fly blocks echo just enough of the orange from the floral.
|Heather's Sangria Quilt|
I am so very proud of my students!
So far, I have made three color stories of Sangria. Here is the inspiration for one of them:
|Color Inspiration for Sangria #2|
|Sangria #2 Work in Progress|
Best wishes throughout 2013!