Meadow Gate

Good Neighbours

Good Neighbours

You may remember the quilt I made last fall as a contribution to the traveling exhibit called “It’s Time for Colour”. Each 12″ x 16″ quilt was made by an award-winner from the Canadian National Juried Show and was available for sale, with proceeds going to The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. I called my piece “Good Neighbours” – in part because it was made in an analogous color scheme – and it sold quickly. So when The Canadian Quilter magazine asked if I might have a pattern I could contribute to the Summer 2015 issue, this design seemed like a perfect fit! And because it reminds me of an ironwork fence panel, I called the pattern Meadow Gate.

I used an analogous colour scheme to interpret this wrought-iron inspired design. Blue, blue-violet, violet, and red-violet swirls are interwoven and framed with their neighbours red and blue-green. I used needle-turn appliqué to hand stitch each piece onto a black background. To machine quilt the background, I used one of my favorite tricks and you can read more about it in a previous post.

The Canadian Quilter asked whether there might be kits available for the pattern. Even though the fabrics I used had been recently purchased, they were no longer available. And so I decided to make a new version or – why not? – two.

For the first one, I started with a gorgeous ombre fabric by Canadian designer Elaine Quehl from the collection Falling Leaves. I then chose four shades of red from the Shimmer Sunglow collection for the appliquéd elements. The result is a “Hot and Sunny” version of the design.

Hot and Sunny

Hot and Sunny

This kit includes a half-meter of background fabric, with enough left over to use as the backing fabric, plus four fat quarters for the appliquéd elements and the binding. A full-size layout diagram is also included.

For a completely different look, the second version features fabrics from the Shimmer Earth collection. Try as I might, I couldn’t find an equivalent ombre fabric for the background and chose instead a lovely batik from Hearts Content Batiks. The result is a “Cool and Earthy” version of the design.

Cool and Earthy

Cool and Earthy

This kit includes a fat quarter of background fabric, plus five fat quarters for the appliquéd elements, backing and binding. A full-size layout diagram is also included.

Apliquick PhotoThe kit samples were machine appliquéd, after preparing the patches using the Apliquick method for turned-edge appliqué. Each shape was printed onto Wash-Away Appliqué Sheets, cut out, and ironed onto the wrong side of the fabric. After the fabric was cut out, water-soluble glue was applied to the seam allowance and then turned under using the Apliquick rods. This method made it very quick and easy to prepare and sew all the patches in these quilts. In fact, I made them both in one day!

Whatever fabrics you choose, or appliqué method you use, I hope you enjoy making this Meadow Gate pattern.

 


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