Little Bits Quilting Bee

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.
Quilt images are copyright John Paul Urizar who did a great job on the photography in the book.

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Pop wreath — a wreath style applique quilt for a double bed 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. 

Pop wreath was beautifully made by some lovely women – it was a fabulous group quilt, Fiona Leche hand appliqued the quilt top, Amish women in Tennessee hand quilted the layers and I bound it. A beautiful heirloom quilt is the result. You can make this quilt by hand too if you like, but you could also certainly machine applique and machine quilt it too – a different result but equally stunning quilt would result.

I used a bunch of my own fabrics for this quilt — I made my own packs of Layer cakes (10 inch squares) from various stripes, plaids, checks and polka dot fabrics. If you would like to use a pre-cut Layer cake pack and want this same look – (soft and romantic yet modern too) here are some fabrics I would recommend:

  • Cape Ann by Oliver + S for Moda Fabrics - (you’ll need 2 packs) this collection of fabrics has a lovely soft appeal a range of pinks, blues and greens. (Pink castle fabrics have this in stock)
  • Reunion by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics – (you’ll need 2 packs) this collection has a bit of contrast with red and black, yellow, green and grey.
  • If you are looking to make up your own layer cake like I did here then you will need approx 6.5 yards or 15 fat quarters in total to make up the 2 Layer cake packs, you can use a variety of scraps that are at least 10 inches square. Try Essential dots fat quarter pack by Moda (you’ll need 2 of these packs).

To make this quilt top you’ll need:

  • 2 Layer cake packs (or 15 fat quarters), and 4 1/2 (4.1m) yards of soft white fabric for the background. Plus 3/4 yard (70cm) extra of background fabric for the binding.
  • You’ll also need a copy of my book - and they are available in all good book shops and online too.
  • This quilt was hand quilted in an echo design – however if you are machine appliqueing – then feel free to machine quilt it as well.
Quilt images are copyright John Paul Urizar who did a great job on the photography in the book.

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Sunny Day Mat … a circular quilted play mat 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. 

Sunny Day Mat is a textured mat that is perfect for play and equally wonderful as a couch throw. This mat is sunny in name and sunny in nature, it is bright and cheerful but does require some attention to detail when piecing those points.
For this quilt I used a Layer cake called Botany by Lauren+Jessi Jung for Moda, it is not longer available, but what drew me to this fabric was the range of yellow and oranges and greens, I then chose a few solid coloured fat quarters from various manufacturers to coordinate and then finished off with some chenille from moda that matched as well.

I have some ideas of alternate fabrics that you might like to try:

  • I love Salt Air by Cosmo Cricut for Moda Quilts
  • Delighted  by The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake Designs (you’ll need 1.5 packs of these) (layer cakes available from Quilt essentials) (pictured below)
  • Pair these Layer cake packs with any of the fat quarters from Candy Corn Kona Collection (available at FabricBub) or Creamsicle by Hoffman Fabrics (available from MapleLeafDesigns)

To make this quilt top you’ll need:

  • 1 pack of layer cakes, 7 fat quarters and 14 inch (36cm) square of chenille, plus 1/2 yard of fabric to match your backing for the binding.
  • You’ll also need a copy of my book - and they are available in all good book shops and online too.
  • I quilted this in a free-style stipple design.
Quilt images are copyright John Paul Urizar who did a great job on the photography in the book.

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Crimson Cross … a double bed quilt 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. 

This quilt is my version of the classic red cross quilt, the blocks are made using an improv method and then put together so that the gradient of colours runs dark to light from the top left corner to the opposite bottom corner.

For Crimson Cross I used Rouenneries by French General for Moda, which luckily has just been re-released as Rouenneries Deux (available from Sweet girl studio). I love this fabric and am very happy they have re-released it – I hope that they do this for a few of my other fave fabric lines too.

Regarding the Honey Bun pack – these are 1.5 inch wide strips from Moda and were never as popular as the Jelly rolls – and I am not sure where you can get them from now – except by searching on etsy or asking at your local quilt store. Instead of the Honey buns for this quilt (which are mighty convenient) you will have to cut yourself 1.5 inch wide strips from fat quarters or yardage – you’ll need approx 1 yard or 4 fat quarters cut into 1.5 inch wide strips.

  • Redwork Renaissance by Chloe’s Closet for Moda would be my second choice for this quilt – simply because of the range of red and white – perfect for this Crimson cross quilt. (Layer cakes available from Southern Fabric) Pictured below
  • I quite fancy Tuxedo Collection 10 inch squares by Doodlebug Design for Riley Blake Designs as an alternative fabric for this quilt (you’ll need 2 packs as these only contain 24 squares instead of the usual 40), paired with a bold red fabric for the cross – it would be a graphically stunning quilt.

To make this quilt top you’ll need:

  • 1 Honey bun pack (40 strips 1.5″ wide) (or 4 fat quarters), 2 Layer cake packs and 3 fat quarters for a scrappy binding.
  • You’ll also need a copy of my book - and they are available in all good book shops and online too.
  • I quilted this in a free-style stipple design.
Quilt images are copyright John Paul Urizar who did a great job on the photography in the book.

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Lollypop tree … a throw or wall hanging … 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. 

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) 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.

Fabric choices:

  • Grey Ooh La La by Bunny Hill Designs for Moda – 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 by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet for Riley Blake Designs – (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 need a copy of my book - 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.
Quilt images are copyright John Paul Urizar who did a great job on the photography in the book.

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