Spice Garden in THE QUILTER (August/September 2011)

My Spice Garden quilt is officially featured in the latest issue of The Quilter

This quilt combines pieced and applique blocks to make a secondary design of spinning stars. Can you spot them?

I designed this quilt with using only three fabrics – a mottled beige, a leaf print and the dominant floral print. The fabrics are from Blank Quilting‘s Mayu and Illusions collections. For the record, I absolutely love that print. Nonetheless, the fabrics used for this design are easily swappable depending on what you have in your stash that you need to use up.  Of course for quilters, we never really need to use up those fabrics in our stash.  They are for other projects. :)

For those who might be gravitated toward a sunnier colorway, I re-worked the quilt design using the bright floral fabric swatch from the same collection:

The floral print fabric was also used in the flower applique. Since I did not fuzzy cut the prints, each flower in the applique blocks took on its own personality.  I love that effect!

Quilting is an allover swirl design, quilted even on the applique motifs. I used my usual ingredients: Aurifil Mako 50 over Hobbs Tuscany Silk Batt.  Kits to replicate this quilt are sold at www.quakertownquilts.com.

The quilt is now on its way to another editor’s desk.  If it is returned to me early enough, I will be using this quilt in my autumn decorations. The rich hues of  the fabric print remind me of a golden autumn afternoon.

Curious mind wants to know if you have any work-in-progress autumn-ish projects.  They don’t have to be quilty.  If so, please feel free to share.   Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a lovely day!