Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A Scrappy Take On My Picnic Plaid Pattern

Color gradients. Remember when I said I wasn't going to go there anymore?

Yeah, I went there. Again. I couldn't help it, you guys! Gradients: So colorful. So orderly. So appealing to both the left and right sides of my brain. : )

So this is my latest addition to my always expanding collection of color-gradient quilts. : ) This is a scrappy version of my Picnic Plaid pattern (available here).

Here's a shot of the original Picnic Plaid quilt. The original is strip-pieced in a narrower color palette, but I've had the urge to make it scrappier for some time now. So when Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter asked me if I would want to contribute a pattern to her 2016 Quilter's Planner, it was the perfect opportunity to create modified instructions for a scrappier version of that design. (Sadly, the 2016 Quilter's Planner is now sold out! Sorry!)


Of course, Steph was nice enough to quilt this one for me, and worked her usual magic on it. I've always loved this loopy quilting pattern, and now I finally have a quilt that makes use of it!

This quilt has what might be my favorite print ever for a quilt back: Zen Chic's "Notes" print in Charcoal on Fog. You can find it here at the Fat Quarter Shop and elsewhere. The binding is an older Zen Chic print called Barcelona. You can see a chunk of that print in the piecing above as well. I was really feeling the Zen Chic that day, I guess. : )


Regardless of which version of Picnic Plaid you prefer, it's yet another great demonstration of how much print and color can change the look of any given design. Fun!

16 comments:

KathyinMN said...

Love it. Appeals to my brain to-and I've very balanced when it comes to things like this. Its beautiful.

Debra said...

Very pretty - love it! I just some of that Zen Chic notes fabric in charcoal on fog yesterday. I love the whole line!

Karen's Quilts from Cape Town said...

Beautiful - I know exactly what you mean about both sides of the brain!!! PS Supernova is what got my adult daughter totally hooked! Thank-you for all you share.

Shasta Matova said...

This is beautiful! Love the color gradient and the beautiful quilting.

Heidi Staples said...

Really gorgeous, Lee! I keep trying to mix up the colors in my projects, but every time my brain protests. It's like a sigh of relief when I put things back in color order...

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

It's beautiful. I love the colours.

Quilts By Laurel said...

I just love this version! I'm going to have to get this pattern soon! :)

Late Night Quilter said...

This was the perfect addition to the pattern section of The Quilter's Planner! A million thanks for diving in and making it!

Ben said...

Looks great!

KaHolly said...

Simply amazing!

Debbie said...

Beautiful!

Kitty said...

This is SO gorgeous, but I have not yet vowed against color gradients. I've tried, but the rainbow, gradient color just makes my heart sing. So. Color it is! Stephanie's quilting is gorgeous as ever, and I also really love that backing! I just might have to pick some up for a future project. Thank you for sharing this beauty!

Vicki Lou said...

Oh Lee, I love this version even better than the original color arrangement! It's so fun, yet peaceful.

Beth Clifton said...

I love the picnic plaid pattern -- and I don't normally do patterns -- but this one is just so versatile!

Mama Spark said...

I really love this version, Lee. I agree, keep doing gradient quilts!!

hydeeannsews said...

why fix what ain't broke?! do all the gradients you want. it's awesome.

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