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Tips & Design Ideas

Just a Thought…  ←  Tips, Opinion, Inspiration

To help you design your next project, we invite you to look at a few ways to use one or more of our patterns.  Remember, our 12-inch block patterns come in both center and corner orientations to give you more design options.  There are endless ways to mix, match and combine any of the patterns into beautiful designs.  Select a few flowers or a whole bouquet — let your imagination be your guide!

Medallions

Medallions can be used to make a large pillow or to serve as the focal point of a quilt.  This arrangement can also be the center of a tablecloth or a simple, four-block wall hanging.  They're easy to make with “corner” 12-inch block designs.  Choose a favorite and appliqué four on a single background.

  Holly Medallion

Holly Medallion

Created using 90-60C Holly-corner.  The block was rotated 90° each time.

 

  Cattail Medallion

Cattail Medallion

For a totally different look, this medallion uses 90-11C Cattail-corner.  Again, the block was rotated 90° each time.

 

Borders

Floral borders can be useful in so many ways.  They are perfect for framing the edges of a quilt or wall hanging.  They can also be an artistic part of the lattice between blocks to increase the finished size of your piece.  Here are a few simple ideas:

 

Morning Glory Border

Morning Glory Border

This lovely border was created from the two central parts of 90-55 Morning Glory joined end-to-end and repeated.

 

 

Hydrangea Border

Hydrangea Border

The graceful arch of 90-53 Hydrangea forms a wider and rather Victorian border.

 

 

Strawberry Border

Strawberry Border

90-56 Strawberry re-arranged.  This design would be perfect for the pillow area of a bed quilt or for a table runner.

 

Wall/Bed Quilts

  Watercolor Garden

“Watercolor Garden”

This quilt incorporates (left to right from top) 90-40 Christmas Cactus, 90-36 Magnolia, 90-33 Thistle, 90-35C Tea Rose-corner, 90-30C Carnation-corner, 90-39 Tiger Lily, 90-32 Narcissus, 90-37C Poinsettia-corner, 90-41C Hibiscus-corner, 90-34 Impatiens, 90-31 Water Lily, and 90-38 Nasturtium.  The spacer rectangles are pieced from watercolor squares.  Finished as shown, the quilt is approximately 60" x 60".

 

 

 

 

  Full-sized Tulip bed quilt

Tulip Quilt

This quilt was designed using three 12-inch block patterns: 90-58 Tulip, 90-58C Tulip-corner and 90-58X Tulip-ring.  Appliquéd Tulip blocks are alternated with the Tulip-ring design quilted on a plain background.  Each of the four corners is an appliquéd Tulip-corner and a portion of Tulip (also appliquéd) fills each border block.  Finished size is approximately 96" x 109". 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Fiesta Vases (stretched)

“Fiesta Vases” (stretched)

The original “Fiesta Vases” was enlarged by adding 99-20 Amaryllis Vase, 99-19 Bird of Paradise Vase, 99-18 Calla Lily Vase and an extra row of border blocks.  This adds about 27" making the lengthened quilt approximately 60" x 84".