An In Depth Look at "A Freshness of Spring" - part 1

Posted by Ruth on 4 January 2011 | 5 Comments

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One of my projects last year was to recreate any one of my quilt pattern designs. My choice was "A Freshness of Spring".

This quilt was born in 2006. It was created in shades of blue for the background and daisies of white with yellow centers. Today I have remade it, creating a more scenic view using background shades of green, purple and blue.

A Freshness of Spring - original quilt pattern       A Freshness of Spring - new quilt pattern

Left: Original quilt pattern   Right: New colored quilt

The background: If you know the pattern design, you will see that the background is made up of small squares. The original blue background was much easier to blend through from dark to light, not because I love the color blue, but also because there is a multitude of blue fabrics on the market. Using three colors is a little more difficult, however I managed to find the appropriate fabrics in my stash. As you can see, I found several fabrics that have combinations of purple & green, blue & green and blue & purple. This makes the transfer between colors much easier.

fabric squares ready for cutting out background

Fabric squares which blend through from green to blue and purple

fussy cutting a green/purple fabric

Fussy cutting a fabric so it has both green and purple on it will help blend the colors through

I set about placing all the fabric squares on my design wall leaving gaps where the pieced squares needed to go. These small pieced squares took no time at all to make and filled in the gaps.

pieced blocks for background     Design wall with pieces ready for stitching together

This 2 1/2" pieced block is just one of 90 squares that make up the background - yeah I couldn't wait to get started on the applique, it's my favorite part after all!

I then went ahead and started piecing all those squares together. For me, piecing is not my favorite part so I'm always looking for ways to speed the process up. I've learned a few tricks along the way. Learning the basics of rotary cuttingaccurate seams and pressing is always essential. Your pieces lock together more neatly, just like a jigsaw puzzle. I have free "how-to lessons" and articles on my website (click the links to find them) so no need to add further information about that here. What I will share is how I speed up the stitching by chain stitching the rows together. Be careful you do not get the layout mixed up.

chain stitching

Chain Stitching

The other point I will share is when stitching any half square triangles, where ever possible, sew with the half square triangle block on top. That way you can be assured to stitch right through the point of the triangle and get perfect points every time. 

perfect points     perfect points

Perfect points on your half square triangles

The Applique: Although the daisies are white with yellow centers, and the leaves are green just like the original, this time I used a brighter lime green to make them stand out even more against the background. I added a touch of shading and outlines to enhance them even further. I'll enlighten you more about the applique and stitching detail in part 2 of "An In Depth Look at A Freshness of Spring".

applique ready to attach

Applique attached really to stitch

For the month of January, this pattern is our feature pattern on the website with lots more tips to help you.

If you want to know more about this pattern you can visit our website at Arbee Designs >> "A Freshness of Spring" quilt pattern.

You can find part two of this blog here >> 

You can find part three of this blog here >>

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  • Love your work I am a self taught quilter but am still learning and I am more of a painter with materials I am always trying out new ideas to make it more of a picture than a Quilt. Thanks for all your lovely ideas. Jane

    Posted by, 08/10/2011 2:16pm (9 years ago)

  • It’s really a nice and helpful piece of information. I’m glad that you shared this helpful info with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

    Posted by financial aid for college, 10/01/2011 1:58am (10 years ago)

  • Thanks for sharing this on facebook M.-J. Taylor - its fun meeting new quilters along the way.

    Glad to meet you Fran, I have an online class "getting started with quilt art" you might find fun and useful to help you.

    Posted by Ruth, 04/01/2011 1:43pm (10 years ago)

  • I am not a quilter, but I have friends who are so I shared this on Facebook.

    Posted by M.-J. Taylor, 04/01/2011 12:38pm (10 years ago)

  • Just beautiful! Much more effective. I'm a quilter, too, trying to make the jump from traditional to "art quilter. You make it look so easy.

    Posted by Fran Casey, 04/01/2011 9:50am (10 years ago)

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