Design of the Joy Quilt

>> Sunday, April 1, 2012

This is the second design process post for the Joy Quilt. The first post is here.

This is the theme fabric for the quilt.
I'm using it for color cues as well inspiration for the design.

This is what I've come up with for the design of the quilt. 

The middle will be a panel made up of two trees that echo the design of the ones on the theme fabric. I'm thinking about using a solid burgundy fabric to make a bias applique edge around the trees to highlight them like on the theme fabric. {I'm a little nervous about this idea!}
 The panel will be bordered on all sides by my Joy Framed block, some with an appliqued daisy and the remaining blocks with the theme fabric fussy cut in the centers.

My idea for the background of the panel  has already changed - twice!

Idea #1
First I was thinking to make the whole quilt have a background. I was going to use this Denyse Schmidt dot fabric as the panel background and behind the applique daisies.
I was really trying to think of a modern, stream-lined look for the quilt. Not too many fabrics, large scale geometrics and solids.
I thought about using the fat quarters we already have in the corners of the Joy Framed blocks and the Denyse Schmidt dots as the background.

Idea #2
Then I thought the dots might look too busy behind the trees - take away from them as the middle of the panel. I did a little bit of number scribbling and figured out I could use 7 fat quarters to make enough 6 inch squares to build the background of the panel. Then I would use the dot fabric in the background of the Joy Framed blocks - basically switch the design around. 

Then I asked my daughter what she wanted.

A traditional quilt.
What does she mean by traditional? Scrappy!
 Lots of different fabrics.
Blocks made up of lots of pieces.

The Current Idea!
Buy more fat quarters!  LOL!

The plan now is to make the background AND the corner squares out of fat quarters.
I'm planning to make the stars of the Joy Framed blocks all in solid colors - and that might change to just one or two colors.

My daughter also wants LOTS of the lime green. I think the quilt is starting to look like a pink quilt. Not a bad thing, but - it's definitely different from a lime green quilt. I'm trying to remedy this situation by using some lime green prints on the back. And the applique daisy block centers will probably be lime green too - Kona Solid Zucchini green to be exact!

Oh, and the large rectangle beneath the trees on the panel will be the Amy Butler lime green print. The little triangles are for Prairie Points to make the grass look 3D - another request from my daughter.

One other thing that I'm thinking about changing is having all of the applique daisy blocks at the bottom of the quilt - so the flowers look like they are in the grass instead of scattered around the quilt.

That might change again too!

There are two more things I want to add from a design perspective:
  • more blue
  • an applique butterfly on the panel similar to the ones in the theme fabric

Next time I'll show you some more of the fat quarters that I've been buying for this quilt.

With Joy,
Sarah Vee


Kelli Fannin Quilts April 1, 2012 at 12:56 AM  

The focus fabric is soo cute.. can't wait to see the panel, and how it's all going to come together. :o)

Jackie April 1, 2012 at 7:20 AM  

Love your design sketch!

Rachel Slote-Brown April 1, 2012 at 12:44 PM  

I like the idea of putting all the flower blocks at the bottom but I also like them going up the sides. Good luck with the rest of your design decisions.

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