(I couldn’t resist, I’m a bit of an Elvis fanatic).
It’s my day to share my version of Rene’s Peace Quilt Pattern!
Rene is one of my Grubers Retreat buddies, she lives in Florida, and spends time in the Montana mountains, where I suspect she travels to just to get awesome quilt photo backdrops. Seriously, though, she is a genuine and generous friend ~ and as it turns out, a pretty good pattern writer!
Rene showed her first Peace Sign quilt in April 2010 when she revealed the finish of Feeling Groovy:
I love how the purple background fabric sets off the spectrum of pinwheel colors!
The pattern is written for three sizes, with the pinwheel blocks adding another design option. I made the Baby size (30″ x 30″) and decided to make my background the stand-out fabric (“Peace Flowers” by Michael Miller), which in turn, makes the aqua blue Kona Cotton peace sign POP! (sorry, we still have Winter grey skies in Iowa, so these are the best photos I could get with my Ott-Lite straining to provide some “sun light”).
I added two borders, the first one a 2 1/2″ border of the background fabric, and a border of aqua blue. The verse is a Walt Whitman quote, I was inspired to add it after seeing this:
Eventually, I think this quilt top needs some utility quilting, perle cotton style; and I know a girl who would love this, so I may add some blocks and make it into a twin size quilt. Stay tuned, it remains to be seen.
The pattern is laid out in vertical strips, and provides very clear, easy-to-follow diagrams for piecing it together. I cut it out and pieced it together in one day.
Rene has generously offered to give a PDF copy of the Peace Quilt Pattern to one of you lovely readers! Just leave me a comment before Friday, February 1st ~ if you were to make a Peace Sign Quilt, what fabrics or colors would you use?
UPDATE: The winner of the pattern is comment #3, MarthaB!
Don’t forget to visit the other blogs celebrating this Pattern Party:
*one more note: All of the fabrics came from my stash and scrap basket:
Stash Stats year-to-date:
Acquired — .75 yards
Used — 8.49 yards