So what's a Pick of the Month?
Each month we will choose a classic quilt pattern to feature. Three staff members will select a collection of fabric for the pattern and explain their choices. You'll get to see some traditional patterns with updated fabrics and in the process get to know some of our fantastic staff, and hopefully learn a few things.
I hope you love the feature, because I'm having a ball putting it together!
Here we go!
This month's pattern is "Diamond Nine-Patch". The first of three patterns from "Nine-Patch Quilts". It's the red and white quilt pictured on the pattern cover.
The photo on the pattern looks a bit dated, but we think this classic pattern never goes out of style. Let's take a look at what we've done with it.
Above is my interpretation of the pattern. I'm Samantha, Stitchin' Post Social Media Manager and Quilter's Affair Coordinator. If you've noticed the increase in our social media activity, that's me. Say hi next time you visit one of our pages.
I favor graphic lines and a clean modern look. My quilt's color palette was inspired by my daughter, she has eyes the color of the light aqua and red hair, and she loves color (especially orange). I also like bright colors, but toned down with neutrals. I want color to catch my eye, not hit me over the head.
Instead of randomly placing my fabrics, I chose to make all my 9-patch blocks with the same arrangement and use the fabric placement to create a pattern of arrows and stripes. The only change to my block is the orange center. The center column is Nectarine (the darkest orange), columns 2 & 4 are Cantaloupe, and the two outside columns are Ice Peach.
I added fabrics with subtle pattern and texture to my mix of solids for interest, but was careful to select fabrics that wouldn't distract from the overall pattern.
Details for Sam's quilt: 9 fabrics and 3 sets of identical 9-patch blocks.
Background: Musings Onyx & Charcoal
9-patches: Oranges - Kona Cotton Nectarine, Cantaloupe, and Ice Peach
Aquas: Quilter's Linen Delft & Free Spirit Essentials Caribbean
Dark: Texture Illusion Teal
Skinny border: Texture Illusion Teal
Wide border: Quilter's Linen Delft
Next up is Teri's quilt...
Teri is Stitchin Post Floor Manager and cat herder extraordinaire. If you've stopped by the shop, Teri was likely there to greet you.
Teri's quilt stays true to the classic pattern and also uses a classic color pallet of indigo and white, with a warm yellow accent. Teri loves updating traditional patterns with modern fabrics.
Her choice of modern Japanese indigo fabrics updates the quilt and gives it a more modern feel. It's the perfect mix of timeless and current.
The weight and texture of the fabrics add interest and elevate the quilt. I love how classy and sophisticated the mix is, without being stuffy. Basic, but in no way boring!
Details for Teri's quilt: 10 fabrics and random placement for 9-patch blocks
Background: Kona Cotton Snow
9-patches: Canvas Natural; Sevenberry Nara Homespun: SB88333D2-1, SB88333D3-4, SB88333D1-4, SB88333D2-4, SB88222D3-5, SB88333D3-1
Skinny border: Play All Day
Wide border: Nara Homespun SB-88334D3-1
Cheryl, our kit manager, chose the fabrics for our last quilt.
Cheryl is the genius behind the fabric selections for our kits and custom bundles. She is also a frequent quilting instructor at the shop.
Cheryl decided to embrace a floral theme for her quilt, even though it's not her usual style. The mix of colors, print scale and pattern come together for a lush quilt, that reminds you of an English garden.
The 9" background squares showcase a stunning large scale butterfly and flower print. You could cut the squares normally or fussy cut them to focus on a different part of the print in each block.
This quilt mixes some traditional style prints with more modern ones to keep the quilt current without being trendy. This is a quilt that would look good for generations!
Details for Cheryl's quilt:10 fabrics and randomly placed 9-patch blocks.
Background: Butterfly Dance Navy Butterflies
9-patches: Royal Flowers; Wild Bloom Still Life Crisp; Flowered Medley; Multi Flowers; Regent Street Lawns 33325 14, 33322 14, 33325 16
Skinny border: Kona Cotton Honeysuckle
Wide border: Grandale Teal Floral
Make one of our selections as shown, or use them as inspiration for your own version of the pattern. Either way we hope you enjoy seeing how fabric choice and placement can transform patterns.
All the quilts shown were digitally generated using fabric pictures. Keep in mind that pattern scale and repeat are not exact. The pictures of the fabric on the bolt are unedited and will give you the best representation of color, pattern & scale.
Here's the nitty gritty on the pattern
Finished Quilt: 66" x 78"
To make the quilt you will need:
Nine-Patch Quilts Pattern
1/2 y of four fabrics for 9-patch blocks*
1/3 y of three additional fabrics for 9-patch blocks*
2 5/8 y background
3/8 y skinny border
1 3/4 y wide border
1/2 y binding
5 1/2 y backing
84" x 96" batting
*amounts of each fabric needed for Samantha's quilt vary.
If you decide to make your own version or one of ours please share with us in the comments, on our Facebook page, or on Instagram with #sewmuchinspiration. I can't wait to see what you make!