Jacquelynne Steves

Color & Fabric Ideas for Happy Little Things Free Block of the Month

Have you signed up for the Free Happy Little Things Block of the Month yet? No?? Just click here– it’s going to be so much fun!!

Yep, the BOM patterns and sew along are Free! Yippee!

Let’s talk about fabrics, OK? One of the things I love best about quilting is how many different looks you get from the same pattern, just by choosing different fabrics. It’s always a lot of fun during our BOM events to see what everyone is doing! Today, I thought I’d show you a ton of ideas for making this year’s quilt. For the center of the blocks, you can use white or cream fabric and make the applique or embroidery option (included in the free pattern) OR you can use a “focus” fabric like a pretty floral or a novelty print.

So, let’s go!! (Get the fabric requirements here.)

Want your quilt to look just like my sample? You can get a fabric kit here! (Hurry- they are selling fast!)

Don’t feel “boxed in” by the colors suggested in the pattern or sample quilt. Feel free to substitute navy, brown, or even dark green for the black. In place of the yellow, try gold, cheddar, chartreuse, orange or rust. Keep in mind the tones and values of your other fabrics- for example, if you are using reproduction fabrics, you might want to use gold, rust or cheddar instead of a bright yellow.

When choosing fabrics for this, or any other quilt project, think about the finished look you are trying to achieve. Do you love a clean, simple look? Do you really want the block and quilt design to take center stage? If so, then try using solids or almost solids, like this quilt:

Do you love a soothing, romantic, fluid look to your quilts? Try lots of dreamy florals in a variety of scales (small to large). Note that the values (lightness or darkness) of most of the fabrics are fairly similar, giving a soft look:

Generally, using a mix of light, medium and dark fabrics, and a mix of solids/almost solids, small prints, medium prints and large prints is a winning combination! This mix will create interest, balance and harmony in your quilt. Here are some more ideas!

This quilt has a variety of scales, from very large (outer border floral) to medium (paisley in border) to small (pieced blocks.) Generally, we use smaller scales when piecing blocks, so you get uniform color and pattern in the smaller pieces:

Don’t forget those fun Christmas fabrics. I’ve “fussy cut” some trees from a novelty print for the block centers:

Here’s a couple of versions with bright, cheerful fabrics, featuring a palette of navy, green and orange:

You can never go wrong with batiks, which give gorgeous, deep saturated color:

For this one, I’ve used colors with a little more tan underbase, and replaced the white with a light tan print- it gives a very vintage look. Doesn’t this look like something you just pulled from Grandmother’s closet?

Finally, a darker, almost primitive, palette:

Which do you like best? What are you planning to do for your Happy Little Things quilt?? Tell us in the comments, or in our Sew Quilty Friends Facebook group!



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    Crystal Nichols
    Posted June 25, 2019 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    Hello Beautiful BOM, I signed up can I ask when it starts I am excited to do this on . I am thinking one in Christmas, Halloween and Ohio State Theme. Thanks

  • Freda Johnson
    Posted June 25, 2019 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    I printed out the packet containing the instructions, patterns, and all the options to re: applique, paint, etc. But all these block variations were not available at that time. Where do you normally post these additional options so I don’t miss them in the future.

    I also have been wanting to tell you that I LOVE being a member of The Art Of Home Club and the Sew Quilty Friends!!! Your (our) club is the best. I’ve look at other clubs but yours is just sew much nicer. Thank you for creating and working so hard for all of us!!!

  • Shari
    Posted June 25, 2019 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much for the information included in the different color ways post. I have difficulty picking fabrics deciding color, scale prints,etc. I found your post very helpful.

    • Jeannie
      Posted July 2, 2019 at 10:23 am | Permalink

      So do I. I love color and matchie matchie so these blocks are hard for me to put together to my liking. I wish I could afford the kits.

  • Sandra Woodruff
    Posted June 25, 2019 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    I found a very colorful floral fabric, fairly large print in the colors of orange, yellow and purple. I’m going to use it for the outer border and I’m not sure where else. It sounds wild, but it is really pretty and it just “grabbed” me when I walked by.

  • Patricia Russell
    Posted June 25, 2019 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Probably floral print with solids

  • Jill Davies
    Posted June 25, 2019 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    Can decide??? Hmmmm – might have to make more than one!

  • karen jackson
    Posted June 26, 2019 at 6:24 am | Permalink

    Love your group and your cheerfulness and surprises always make me smile

  • Paula Harrington
    Posted June 26, 2019 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Jacquelynne, first of all you need to take care of you and your body before anything else. I bet Alfie would enjoy a quick walk each morning and the fresh air is always inspiring. Your designs are always wonderful, no matter. I’ve been a member for a couple of years and truly enjoy each and every piece you design.

  • Lori M
    Posted June 26, 2019 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for all of the very inspiring patterns and many, many ideas. Your club is the best ever!!!

  • Julie Beard
    Posted June 27, 2019 at 4:03 am | Permalink

    Dark and primitive for me!

  • Debra Ingle
    Posted June 27, 2019 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    I’m thinking dark and primitive is my favorite

  • Sue Lambert
    Posted June 27, 2019 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Love the batiks and primitive! I may do Christmas or Asian fabrics, I have a lot of batiks too! Maybe I should just do three quilts!😂

  • Christine C
    Posted June 27, 2019 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    I like the last color selection ( the green one) Id like to do it in homespun colors. I’m really busy with gardening right now, but it’s definitely going on my winter to do list. Thank you for all your pretty designs.

  • Daniela
    Posted June 29, 2019 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    Volevo sapere se i tessuti sono per tutto il quilt e se spedisci in Italia.

  • Hedgie
    Posted June 29, 2019 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    Hi Jacquelynne – I am trying to opt out, and can’t get my email or FB message to go through. I have to cut down on craft shopping at this time. I love all your projects and will do the sew along. Nancy Call

  • Laura Hernandez
    Posted July 8, 2019 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Hola Jaqueline, es todo un mundo de posibilidades, me encantaron.🌈👋👋

  • Jeannie M
    Posted July 11, 2019 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    I’m using Lori Holts Vintage Farm Girl prints in a cross between the Cottage Colorway and the soft vintage one above. Thanks for showing how different fabrics work together.

  • Dona
    Posted July 28, 2019 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    I like the primitive look. Have lots of civil war fabrics. 😊

  • Posted July 29, 2019 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    I love all the colorways but have decided upon the second one listed where yellow and pink are the predominant colors. I also want to piece the centers of the blocks.

  • Veronica
    Posted July 30, 2019 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the materials list and colorway ideas early on. It helps to get started with these decisions early so I am ready to go when the cutting instructions arrive. You are very organized. Excited to be joining everyone in this sew along. I’m excited to see the variety of quilts that will be created. You indeed allow for the “Art” in quilts. Thank you, Jacquelynne

  • Paula Rennegarbe
    Posted August 7, 2019 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    I feel very well taken care of. I wrote Jackquelynne a little bit ago and I received I received a response no sooner than I it off. Thank you.

  • Paula Johnson
    Posted August 11, 2019 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    I received an email Aug 4 saying that the first block of this BOM would come out on Aug. 5. I did not receive it. I have received a number of other emails from you since then but not the BOM. I looked in all of my folders.

  • Helen L
    Posted August 12, 2019 at 1:14 am | Permalink

    Thanks for all the different color ideas!! I have such a hard time visualizing how things will looks, so this is just great!

  • Helen Johnston
    Posted September 2, 2019 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    I have a large stash so will use my own fabrics.Thanks so much for the color options as I find this hard to work out sometimes.I really look forward to doing both the applique and embroidery so may do one of each. I am rusty coming back to patchwork after 11 years break.

  • Mary Umholtz
    Posted November 9, 2019 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Aww, now I look for ideas, thank you so much for these ideas on how to finish and different fabrics. Now I can finish my blocks and put them into a quilt. I love this club and all the members are sew friendly and nice with their comments and help. Thank you

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