Sometimes a quilt pattern just strikes you. Usually I make a quilt once and that’s good, I am ready to move onto the next thing, but Summer Bloom is different. I want to keep making the pattern…there are so many possibilities!
My first version is beautiful (if I do say so). I made it with fabrics mostly by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery fabrics. The colors are soft and flowery and I love it. But I had to make a more flamboyant version, didn’t I?So I set out in September to make a second Summer Bloom quilt with my stash of Alison Glass Handcrafted Batiks (Andover fabrics) and cross weaves for solids. I figured the texture and bright colors of both types of fabric would be amazing together. I also changed up the original a bit in the striped parts of the piecing.
I started out planning on doing them all black and white, using a black batik from Hoffman fabrics, but I ended up challenging myself to create a different stripe combination in every block! Some have black and white with colored stripes in different combinations, some are gray and white, and some of the stripes don’t line up with each other.
Once I realized I could use scraps to piece the pod shapes, all bets were off, and I ended up meeting my goal for a wild design, I think. I love it when a pattern sparks my imagination…when I adapt as I go, changing up the fabrics, changing up the layout…to make a truly unique quilt.
Go for it!