Garnets and Gold: A single bed quilt or couch throw, by Kathreen Ricketson
Throughout February I will be featuring quilts from my book Little Bits Quilting Bee (published by Chronicle 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.
Garnets and Gold is a favourite quilt from the book, its clashing colours and jagged edges remind one of a kaleidoscope toy. The colours used here are rich jewel like tones, the Garnets are made up of lapis lazuli, jade, emeral and sapphire tones (blues, aquas and greens) while the Golden tones are ruby and gold (yellows, pinks, and magenta). I used a Fat quarter pack of Anna Maria Horner fabric (from the Good Folks range).
- Spice Market (garnets) and Persian Skies (Gold) Grand Bazaar by Patty Young for Michael Miller Fabrics (you’ll need 2 sets of each of these fat quarter packs)
- Green and Red Kaffe Classics for Westminster Fibers (you’ll need one each of these bundles)
- Dreamer (Garnets) and Glamour (Gold) Lark by Amy Butler for Westminster Fibers (you’ll need one of each of these fat quarter bundles) (or the entire collection available at Quilttaffy – pictured below)
To make this quilt top you’ll need:
- 12 fat quarters of Gold fabric, 14 fat quarters of Garnet fabric. Plus 5/8 yard (76cm) extra for binding.
- You’ll also need a copy of my book – and they are available in all good book shops and online too.
- I machine quilted this in a maze like quilting design.