Lollypop tree … a throw or wall hanging … by Kathreen Ricketson
Throughout February I will be featuring quilts from my bookÂ Little Bits Quilting BeeÂ (published byÂ ChronicleÂ late last year). Because designer fabric is often only in print for one season it can be difficult for quilt designers and authors to choose fabrics that will be still available when the book or pattern is published; so to help you out I will be offering advice and alternate fabric choices for many of the quilts in my book.Â
Lollypop tree was in part inspired by kids and their drawings and in part by historic applique designs. This quilt has a central panel made up of a bright bold and childlike tree, made up of green branches and leaves, and bold circle ‘lollypops’. It is meant as a fun design that would not look out of place either in a playroom or a in a living space.
For this quilt I used a charm pack of bright solid colours (Kona brights)Â for the applique in the central panel, and for the wide border design I used a soft floral roll-up mix from Lecien. I have no idea where you can get these Lecien floral packs now, I bought mine at my local quilt shop, however here are some alternate fabrics that I think would be perfect.
- Grey Ooh La La byÂ Bunny Hill Designs for ModaÂ – The subtle soft grey floral and checks in this mix would be perfect to create a soft border around a bright central panel. (available at Southern Fabrics) (pictured below)
- Daisy Cottage byÂ Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet for Riley Blake DesignsÂ – (you’ll need two of these packs as they only contain 25 strips rather than the usual 40) the combination of retro pinks, yellows and greys in this mix would be a delightful combination.
- Bright Kona Cotton Solids or to match the solid fabric charm pack mix that you used for the applique centre – this would certainly be a bright and fun quilt.
To make this quilt top you’ll need:
- 1 Jelly Roll (40 strips), 1 charm pack of solid fabric, panel of cream coloured linen 32 1/2 inch square (83cm) should do it. Plus 1/2 yard (46cm) of neutral blender fabric for the binding.
- You’ll also needÂ aÂ copy of my bookÂ - and they are available in all good book shops and online too.
- I quilted this in a free-style stipple design and used a mauve thread so that the quilting would stand out a little – especially on the plain square central panel.