It’s here and you are going to LOVE sewing this pretty quilt! The Sunbeam quilt pattern is now available for sale <<here>> at Color Girl Quilts.
This quilt has been kind of a departure for me design-wise. I also made the original with all solid color fabrics, which is a challenge for me (-;. But I LOVE how it turned out and can’t thank you all enough for the kind words and enthusiastic response to this new pattern. As promised, I wanted to show you some ideas for how to make Sunbeam with different looks. Hopefully give you a bit of inspiration for how you might make yours all you.
The original quilt was made with Tula Pink solid fabrics (these colors are to die for!), which I carry here in the shop if you want to do something similar. I think this design lends itself well to solids because it kind of has a retro vibe. What do you think? do see a bit of a 70’s flower power in there? The solids give it a very flat look that emphasizes the pieced shapes and interaction of colors. Try it in your signature color palette…I’m thinking it would be fun to make the Sunbeams like little rainbows with the ‘rays’ in rainbow order. You could also do all the Sunbeams in a certain color group, like shades of blue, then make the dots be a strongly contrasting color, like oranges.
Of course, knowing me, you know that we have to see it in prints, right?
Here’s one example of the Sunbeam blocks in prints and the dots in coordinating solids. This is so CUTE! Of course, you could choose a fat quarter bundle from your favorite designer or a curated selection of prints in a theme (red, white and blue?) or for baby. My advice would be to choose fabrics with strong all-over color (rather than prints on a white background) so that you still see the pieced shapes really well. Of course, you could always make the background a dark color and then use lighter and contrasting prints. Just choose fabrics that don’t cause you to lose the patchwork shapes to the background.
And, the black and white option, of course! I did this in solid black and white with bright color dots, but it would work great with black prints too. This is a nice way to put more emphasis on the dots. You get a lot of interaction between the shapes because there is such stark contrast. The black/white rays of the Sunbeams create a really strong pattern, and the color dots kind of dance. Do you see it?
You can read more about the original Sunbeam quilt that you see on the pattern, <<here>>
It has Hobbs Tuscany wool batting inside. That’s what gives it a pretty defined texture from the quilted lines. Long arm quilting is by Darby of Quilted Squid. I piece with Aurifil thread and Darby quilts with a monofilament clear thread so it blends in without changing thread colors. I finish most of my quilts this way.
The pattern includes three size options, baby, throw and queen/king. It does require the Classic Curves Ruler for cutting the curved shapes. Get your copy of Sunbeam <<here>>. Be sure and share your makes on social with #colorgirlquilts #classiccurvesruler because I SO enjoy seeing what you all make from patterns I write.
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