The Cozy Afternoon Free Block of the Month will be starting soon- the first block will be sent out on June 15! Woo hoo! One of my favorite things about our last BOM, Sew Sweet Simplicity, was seeing how everyone took my pattern and made it their own, by using their own fabric choices, applique ideas, etc. (We even had a challenge for your completed Sew Sweet Simplicity projects- if you missed the post with the outstanding winning entries, click here.) And in fact, many of you told me that seeing all of the different projects was your favorite part of the BOM as well.
So, the other day I was playing in my EQ program, fiddling around with the Cozy Afternoon design and seeing what it would look like with different fabrics (I just love my EQ program- there is just so much you can do with it, and you can “create” a quilt much faster in EQ than you can with actual fabric and thread!) Today I’m going to share some of my favorite colorways that I created for the Cozy Afternoon quilt. If you are trying to decide on your fabrics for the project, maybe this will give you some ideas. Of course,
you can opt to get the kit Sorry kit sold out featuring fabrics by Sandy Gervais for Moda Fabrics, and make the quilt just like my original sample.
Note that in some designs, I used a floral (a novelty or any large interesting print would work well) in the block centers, and sometimes I used a solid (usually the same fabric as the sashing, but not always.) Of course, you plan on doing applique or embroidery in the block centers, a light solid fabric would probably work best (see image of my original sample with applique above).
(I am “lettering” each quilt for easy reference.)
A. First, the quilt at the top of this post was done with the line Simply Colorful 2 by Vanessa Christenson for Moda fabrics. I love how colorful and cheerful this quilt is! I think the fresh color palette is just perfect for summer.
B. This next quilt has a kind of cottage-y feel, with the red and vintage-looking yellow floral. For this one, I used fabrics designed by my friend Brenda Riddle for Moda fabrics.
C. If you like the drama of dark reproduction fabrics, this one might appeal to you. This was designed using the line Mille Couleurs by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabrics.
D. Here is a quilt I designed with aqua, red, and gray, and I added some navy to give it some “weight.” Notice how the white sashing really freshens up this palette (navy floral is from Persimmon line by BasicGrey for Moda, red and turquoise floral is from Winterberry line by Kate and Birdie for Moda):
E. If you love florals, look at this! The setting squares and triangles were done with very bold florals (Good Karma line by Stephanie Ryan for Moda), then I used solids to for the pieced blocks for a little “rest” and balance in the design:
F. Here’s a palette that I think would be great for a little boy- olive green, gray, and turquoise & orange that are just a bit “muddy.” (Fabrics are Noteworthy by Sweetwater for Moda and other assorted fabrics.) A pop of red here and there really sets it off:
G. And finally, some of us just can’t get enough of CHRISTMAS lol! So here, I used various red, green and light blue fabrics with a large poinsettia print (Tole Christmas by Gina Martin for Moda) to really add a holiday element to it:
Have you chosen your fabrics for Cozy Afternoon yet? Did any of these designs inspire you?? Tell me in the comments!