I was given the opportunity to play with this pretty True Colors bundle by Jenean Morrison.
I also mixed in some of the blender prints from Jenean’s latest collection for Free Spirit: Wishing Well.
Here are is the full collection from Wishing Well. A really sweet bundle of prints and colors.
And this is the project I created with Jenean’s fabrics – a modern dresden circle quilt. I was inspired as I laid out the fat quarters in color order and knew I wanted something using that spectrum. I’ve always loved Purl Soho’s Color Wheel Quilt and thought this would be the perfect way to create something inspired by that quilt.
My circles measure about 18″ in diameter (across). I created them using a traditional Dresden wedge ruler. (Mine is a EZ Quilting Easy Dresden Ruler. I’ve lost track of how often I use this ruler.) For each Dresden (or circle) block I cut 20 different wedges that were 6″ long, but instead of beginning my measurement from the bottom of the ruler, I started it at the 2″ line and finished at the 8″ line so that I’d get a wider wedge. (I’ve written another Dresden circle tutorial here if you would like to see how to assemble the 20 wedges.)
When each circle was completed I appliqued the block to a 22″ square of white fabric, then quilted the block with a piece of batting. I decided to applique and quilt each block separately to make the quilting a little bit easier, but you could applique all four blocks onto a 42″ x 42″ square of fabric as well.
Coats and Clark provided me with thread for this project. The thread worked really well for both piecing and quilting.
After the blocks were quilted, I sewed the four blocks together, pressing seams open to help the bulk of the batting lie as flat as possible. Then basted the front piece to the backing and quilted a little bit more to hold the back layer together. I used more of Jenean’s Wishing Well for my backing and binding fabrics.
This was such a simple project, but I love the visual impact. I’m such a sucker for simple, primary colors – especially when they’re in color spectrum order. I’m hanging this quilt in my new sewing space.
Speaking of entering to win, I have a fat quarter bundle of Jenean’s True Colors to giveaway as well as a jelly roll and two charm packs to two more lucky winners. If you’d like the chance to enter, leave a comment on this post telling me what colors you’d choose if you had to pick your “True Colors.” Giveaway open until Saturday, Feb 1 at midnight MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED. (Please be sure there is a way I can contact you if you are randomly selected!)
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