Welcome guest bloggers, quilt designers, and authors Melanie Greseth and Joanie Holton! Their lap quilt pattern, Nature’s Harmony, is featured in the May/June 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine. Read on and don’t miss the book giveaway at the bottom of the page!
Thank you for the opportunity to share one of our new quilts with you today. This is our first time blogging and we’re excited to be here. Working with Blend Fabrics has always been a favorite of ours, and Brenda Walton’s Flora and Fauna collection is no different. The beautiful floral and damask prints caught our eye right away. We wanted this fabric to be the focal point of the quilt. McCall’s even has quilt kits and backing fabric available so you can make a quilt just like ours.
Inspired by the Grandmothers Flower Garden design, we enlarged the hexagon shape to highlight the prints in the fabric.
It is very important to starch fabrics before working with them. This will ensure less stretching when sewing rows together. Trace the template pattern to the template material. Once you have cut the hexagons out using the template it is important to mark the 1/4” points on each corner of the hexagon. This will ensure accurate corners when sewing these together.
The place where the lines cross is the 1/4” point.
Now sew the first row together, starting and stopping at the 1/4” points.
Start at the 1/4” point, sew down to the next 1/4” point – leaving the needle down, raise the presser foot and pivot the work to continue down the other side of the hexagon. Continue in this manner all the way to the end of the vertical rows.
We hope you enjoy making this project as much as we enjoyed designing it together. We have a lot of fun working together to create unique ways to merge our two styles. Using modern fabrics and color palettes can be challenging at times but we love the chance to blend the modern with the traditional.
Have fun quilting and best of luck in the contest (below)! We hope you enjoy our new book, Easy Sew Quilts for Urban Living (Landauer, 2016).
Joanie Holton and Melanie Greseth
Thanks so much, Joanie and Melanie!
To celebrate the Nature’s Harmony quilt, we are giving away a copy of Easy Sew Quilts for Urban Living! Leave a comment below before midnight May 1, 2016 and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. The winning name will be drawn on May 2 and notified by email with subject line beginning YOU WON. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.
We have a winner! Congratulations to Kathy Erickson of Dubuque, Iowa!
If you’d like to use your own fabrics to make a version of Joanie and Melanie’s Nature’s Harmony lap quilt and don’t already have a copy of the May/June 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here or download the pattern separately from our online shop.