Welcome guest blogger, quilting teacher, and quilt designer Emily Bailey of AuntEmsQuilts and EmsScrapBag! Emily‘s new lap quilt pattern, Baby Blooms, is in the January/February 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine.
I am blessed to still have my grandma in my life. She says she is the black sheep in the family because she does not like to quilt. Her mother was a wonderful quilter. Both of her sisters quilted. In fact Aunt Lucy quilted until she was 98. I hope to follow in her footsteps. Then maybe I will make a dent in my bucket list of quilts. Grandma has given me several of her mother’s tops and quilts. I have taken several of her traditional quilts and made them more modern.
I really like the process of taking a traditional block and playing with it to get a new and modern look. I like to find the perfect union of what my great grandmother would have made and my own personal style. For Baby Blooms I wanted to play with the traditional snowball block.
I had seen a block where one side of two snowballs blocks joined.
It was a little tricky figuring out how to do what I wanted. Figuring out how the blocks would come together to create what would look like two alternate blocks. I played with the idea of having a square in the center of each snowball but finally gave up on that.
Next I tried it in fall colors to look like trees full of fruit and little garden patches.
Finally I settled on spring colors and the look of little flowers. I used the Backyard Roses collection by Nadra Ridgeway for Riley Blake Designs along with a crisp white solid and two bold red prints for making the quilt.
I think my great grandma would be proud of the result.
If you’d like to make a Baby Blooms quilt using other fabrics and don’t already have a copy of the January/February 2017 of McCall’s Quilting, you can order print and digital magazines in our online shop.
The Baby Blooms quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download.