Urban Oasis in QUILTER’S WORLD (Spring 2014)


Hello Friends – this is a terribly overdue post.  Due to various reasons, I wasn’t able to take pictures of my Urban Oasis quilt till a few days ago.  Urban Oasis was featured in Quilter’s World Spring 2014 issue.


[image source: Quilter’s World]

Urban Oasis is one of my gray quilts, as you can see. :)


The design concept is based on making a quilt with a minimal number of pieced blocks, sort of like the orphan block treatment, with the finished size being enlarged by adding strips and borders.  So, if you have a few pieced blocks that you have made before, but don’t have enough to complete a full quilt, try adding strips here and there to add to the finished size  for a quick way to finish up a good sized quilt top.

Design 1c_63 x 82

Here you see the template-pieced blocks.



And here you see the strips.


Urban Oasis uses fabrics from Benartex’s Urban Oasis fabric collection.  Click here to view the entire fabric range.


You might recall I had designed for Benartex a free to use pattern, Silver Lining, using the same fabric range.  Click here for information on downloading the free pattern instructions.

Design 2a_64 x 76_redo1_high res

Back to Urban Oasis the quilt… quilting is done using Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton thread in lime green over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.  The lime green, I hope you can see it, gives a nice contrast to the gray in the quilt.


The quilting motif is my allover Jester’s Hat motif that I talked about in my online “Learn to Machine Quilt” class.



I hope you have like my “chic” Urban Oasis quilt.  I am really interested to know if you have other ways of treating orphan blocks and making them into bigger quilts!


Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends!  I hope you have a lovely and a most blessed weekend!


Click here to view the exhaustive list of my featured designs and projects.

My 2014 lineup to date —

Editorial features:

Annie’s Row Quilt Book (March 2014): Stardom

Annie’s Dazzling Diamond Quilts Book (May 2014): Solar Star

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2014): Teething Rings

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2014): Hurry Home

Generation Q (May/June 2014): Hole in the Wall

McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2014): Spiral Squared

McCall’s Quilting (July/August 2014): Bird Watching

Popular Patchwork, UK (April 2014): Mending Fences

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Enchanted Forest

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Urban Stars

Quilter’s World (Spring 2014): Urban Oasis

Quilter’s World (Summer 2014): Starry Repetitions

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Farm Crossing

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Boxing Day

The Quilter (April/May 2014): All Squared Up

The Quilter (April/May 2014): Tulip Trail

The Quilter (June/July 2014): Garden View

Free to use designs:

January: Midori’s Place using Gramercy by Benartex

January: View on Lexington using Gramercy by Benartex

January: Everything’s Coming Up Rosey using English Rosey by Benartex

February: Verde (Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

February: Verde (Banner/Runner) by Quilting Treasures

March: Hot Topic by Quilting Treasures

March: Poseidon’s Adventure using Neptune’s Dream by Benartex

March: My Cozy Sweater using Palm Springs by Benartex

March: Wild Kingdom using Sew Rousseau by Benartex

April: Fun with Frosty (Quilt & Runner) by Quilting Treasures

April: The First Thanksgiving (Quilt & Runner & Placemat) by Quilting Treasures

May: Party Poppers using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Sprinkled Sweets using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Dino Craze using 10,000 B.C. by Benartex

June: Monster Mash by Quilting Treasures

10 thoughts on “Urban Oasis in QUILTER’S WORLD (Spring 2014)

  1. What a great idea for orphan blocks! I have to make a baby quilt and, while I can’t use any of my orphan blocks for it, this has given me an idea for the baby quilt. Love the inspiration – thank you!

  2. That is a great idea for those orphan blocks. It looks great with organized fabrics too!!! I really liked the Silver Lining quilt when you first showed it…..and still do. The colors are just fabulous.

  3. Hmmmmm great idea for the use of orphan blocks. Mine are just gathering dust on a shelf in the cupboard. I really like what you have done. You have “sew” many great ideas. Thanks for sharing. I better track down a copy of Quilter’s World.

  4. Wow !! Very refreshing looking!! Love the template pieced blocks! I’m making some pinwheels from a layer cake with no real pattern in mind…this would be a great look for it.

  5. Love the lime green quilting! And your jester hats are always a hit, I have even used them a time or two lol. Thanks for sharing your awesomeness Wendy!!

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