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"Festoons" from Quilt Modern Curves & Bold Stripes

Posted by Heather Black on Jan 28th 2020

I am pleased to announce the official release of Daisy Aschehoug and my book, Quilt Modern Curves & Bold Stripes! Along with signed copies available in my shop, unsigned copies are now available here and other book and fabric stores.

With the release of the book I wanted to share, in more detail, about the different designs I have in the book. The first up is Festoons. I briefly shared this quilt when it was accepted into QuiltCon 2020.

Just as the name suggests this quilt is inspired by sashing, party decor and festoons. I used a neutral background with bright festoons to create a fun party atmosphere in the design. The center of the festoons are improv pieced giving the design movement and a carefree feeling.

Since festoons isn't the most modern of words I chose a quilting motif that reminded me of Edwardian wall paper, vertical lines. Whether that is true or not I don't entire know, but when I see the quilting it reminds me of an old sitting room or parlor with slender-legged furniture and doilies.

I really like like this design and it's a great intro to the double quarter circle block. Since the centers are all improved pieced there's not need to worry about matching stripes or fussy cutting and the larger curves are easy to piece if you are unsure about curves. I'm also excited to share that Homespun Magazine is planning on featuring Festoons in their April magazine publication!

Just with all the designs in the book there is a printed stripe version if you are looking to save some time. For the printed stripe version I chose a print that looked like a trip to mimic the improve piecing. This alternative version is very similar to the original but I can see this quilt in dainty floral prints with ticking as a striped accent.

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