Watercolor Sketches in QUILTS and MORE (Spring 2013)


[image source: Meredith Corporation]

Hello Friends,  I hope you are well.  I am happy to share with you my Watercolor Sketches quilt, featured in the Spring 2013 issue of Quilts and More.  And oh, more importantly, I was able to photograph the quilt outdoors.  I was more than happy about that, until I heard that we are supposed to get snow again this weekend.  Brrr and Grrr… :)



This quilt focuses on the visual effect of playing with block orientations.  I find the the simpler the blocks, the more pronounced the effect.

watercolor-sketches_540[image source:  Meredith Corporation]

Oh, and the freshness portrayed by the fabrics…. aren’t you just feeling the spring vibe coming through, especially if you feel like you have lived in a freezer in the last few weeks, like I do?


The fabrics are from Pat Bravo’s Paradise Collection, produced by Art Gallery Fabrics.



I am absolutely in love with the foxgloves on the focal fabric.  [Footnote:I am partial to foxgloves because they are historical, and were grown in gardens of historic homes like Mount Vernon and Monticello.  I found this fascinating article on colonial revival gardens.]


Quilting is done with Aurifil Mako 50 threads over Hobbs Tuscany silk batt. If you haven’t read about my thoughts on Aurifil threads and Hobbs Tuscany silk batt, click here and here to read.  The quilting motif is my allover Jester’s Hat.  Click here, here, and here to read about Jester’s Hat.



It’s always exciting to have something featured in Quilts and More.  I am doubly excited this time because I actually have two projects featured in the same issue.  Stay tuned for when I share about the other project.  I shall end my rambling with this last picture.  Thanks for stopping by – till tomorrow.  God bless!



My 2013 lineup thus far besides “Watercolor Sketches” – click on the links for more information:

Annie’s Love Those Precuts Book (January 2013):  Apple of My Eye

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Spring 2013): Baubles, Baubles

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2013): Curious Cats, to be posted

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2013): Fabrique Foursome, to be posted

Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting (March/April 2013):  Now I know my ABC’s

Machine Quilting Unlimited (March/April 2013): Quilting Curvy Feathers

Quilt Trends (Winter 2013, Cover Quilt): Tango

Quilts and More (Spring 2013):  2 Wishes, to be posted

Quilter’s World (February 2013): New Life

Quilter’s World (April 2013): Monkey Around

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): In & Out

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): Garden Maze

The Quilter (December 2012/January 2013): Not Too Square

The Quilter (April/May 2013):  In the Meadow

Benartex Free Pattern (March 2013): Pumpkin Patch/Autumn Fauna

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (January 2013): Mediterranean Dream

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (February 2013): Butterfly Kisses

54 thoughts on “Watercolor Sketches in QUILTS and MORE (Spring 2013)

  1. Ooh, I am liking this one! Love the colors. The quilting shows up beautifully. It took me a while, but I finally am comfortable with stitching Jester’s Hat. Stay warm. Snow is expected in Franklin, TN tonight.

  2. This turned out really lovely. I do like the simplicity you created. Looking at the fabric line, I would have passed it by, but you made me take that second look with your creation. Fabulous job as always.

  3. You are so right…..oh Spring….where art thou???? A low of 1F tonight is certainly not very Spring-like!! Your “Jester’s Hat” motif is so perfect for this quilt. This fabric print is really different…..the simple “sketch” quality is so fresh and clean. Another finish that is sure to be a favorite of many (me included!). Hugs, Doreen

  4. My word, Wendy — you ARE prolific! Another lovely quilt, and your outdoor photographs feel springy indeed. You’re getting more snow this weekend, in Virginia? I thought even the folks up in Massachussetts and Vermont were all done with snow by now! The funny thing is that, come October and November, you’ll be all excited about snowflake quilts and mittens again… ;-)

  5. Wow! Beautiful quilt. Definitely has the look of spring. The little splashes of turquoise is so refreshing. Looks like you had a lovely blue sky day to take the photos. I really want to make this quilt.

  6. The fabrics are gorgeous! But what I really love is the pattern…so very versatile! I can see using this pattern in a lot of different ways…baby quilts, a quick quilt for a gift…maybe some of my Kaffes!!

  7. Your quilts are so beautiful. I hope to be able to quilt like that. I have finished the straight quilting lines and getting excited but have found out that my machine is too old for a quilting foot. The foot I thought was a quilting foot was actually a darning foot. I have a newer machine I bought for taking to class has a foot, but I can’t aford the foot right now. So it will be awhile yet before I can work on my online class. Anyways — the colours in this quilt all simply gorgeous — I guess if we can’t have spring, we can have beautiful spring colours in our home like in your quilt. I can hardly wait to do allover jester hats. We just got another blanket of snow in the last hour and a half. Thank you for sharing with us — you are an inspiration to me.

  8. This pattern is so light and inviting. I would love permission to use this pattern as a challenge for my quilt guild. We are in Riverside, CA. About 35-40 of the 100 members would probably participate. Each sewer would choose their own fabrics to match the 2 1/2″ square block fabric I would be providing. We will definitely acknowledge you are the designer. Thank you so much.

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  12. I have most of these fabrics already and just love this line. Your design is so perfect I will have to buy the magazine so I can use them!!! I just love your work. My two wishes this spring is that my Dad beats the liver and lung cancer and my Mom follows through on her commitment to eat right and regain her health. And since I can have lots more than 2 wishes I wish to create my own retreat center and work for me!!! Hugs my friend.

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  40. I love this. My 13 year old daughter is new to quilting. I think this pattern would be great for her to use as a beginner. Do you have step by step instructions for cutting and piecing? Thanks!

  41. Any chance you have any of the fabrics used in watercolor sketches or where I could still get some? I am looking for the Daylight Pond PA208 fabric. It’s a long shot but thought I’d try! It is such a very beautiful quilt. Thanks!

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