You know how there are certain patterns that you remember sewing long after you are done with them? Those ones that become favorites no matter how many other quilts you have made in the meantime?
In my case, that often means those are the patterns that are mysteriously “unavailable” to travel or go to shows because they are… well, they are being used on our couch! The original SUNWASHED pattern is one of those patterns.
We have made it up in various different color combinations and are still in love with most of them, several of them are “regulars” in our quilt basket and get used on a daily basis.
THE ORIGINAL SUNWASHED PATTERN
[MADE UP FROM OUR WHIMSY COLLECTION]
....on the cover of the pattern it is also made up out of our Mill House Inn collection
Something about the simplicity and yet complicated look of this quilt is fabulous to me. Not that I can take any credit for the design as I discovered it on a vintage quilt many years ago and just reinterpreted it with a much easier piecing and assembly technique. I love that it is a simple 1 block quilt that is created primarily through the pieced sashing!
CALIFORNIA GIRL VERSION OF THE ORIGINAL SUNWASHED.
Pieced by the lovely Sherri. Quilted by the amazing Diana [QuiltedGrammy@aol.com]
So when it came time to start thinking of patterns for this Spring release, the favorites popped quickly to mind, including this one.
Before we started re-designing, the first thing we thought would be fun is to make the SUNWASHED pattern our of our new, CALIFORNIA GIRL, collection.
Choosing to focus on the blues, Sherri pieced this one for her own collection. We are ga-ga for this version! Beautiful job as always!
... doesn't it just make you think of the beach?
OUR BRAND NEW PATTERN, MARIGOLDS [DEBUTING AT MARKET NEXT WEEK]
Pieced by the lovely Sherri. Quilted by the amazing Diana.
During the design process, the variation we came up with that is completely different but completely the same…. is that there is no appliqué in this one, its all pieced from charm packs!!
Super simple, to say the least, with the same straightforward sashing construction this version is just like the original but no appliqué. Now mind you, the appliqué on the original SUNWASHED is the most simple kind of appliqué there is and one that I recommend to beginning appliquers all the time. It is a simple curve, with ends that don’t have to be finished or even tucked under because they are pieced into the next block. You really can’t go wrong with that kind of appliqué. In fact, the appliqué doesn’t have to be done at all. Just prep the pieces using starch or any other method that you are familiar with and then simply topstitch the ¼- circles into their blocks and be done. Either way the circle version, SUNWASHED, quilt is a perfect introduction to doing a bit of simple appliqué or at the very least, appliqué prep.
This new version, MARIGOLDS, is entirely pieced, same construction, just an even simpler setup. Half square triangles with “snowball” corners and a pieced sashing. We love it. Made up here also in CALIFORNIA GIRL, focusing a bit more on the corals and the yellows.
... really can't figure out which one is our favorite!!
Believe it or not, there is another version made from our TAPESTRY COLLECTION in the works to be debuted at Quilt Market in Kansas City. If all the stars align, we will show some pictures before then!
NEW PATTERN INFORMATION
Size: 53" x 68 or 68" x 68"
Collection: Shown here made out of California Girl. Coming soon, made also out of our brand new collection, TAPESTRY.
Available: Patterns will be available at the end of May, 2012.