As mentioned in our I Love This Quilt! feature in the September/October issue of McCall’s Quilting, this Dream Catcher vertical row quilt designed by Marcie Patch caught my eye because it features colorful scraps, lots of piecing, and freedom and opportunity to play with fabrics.
When I first saw Dream Catcher, I thought there were several block designs; but there is only one, each block appearing different depending on creative fabric and value placement. Notice that some blocks have side or corner edges that seem to blend into the background fabric, which greatly adds to the interest of this beautiful design.
To make my interpretation, I’m starting with one of my recent local quilt shop splurges: a layer cake (bundle of precut 10” squares) of Florence designed by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit. This is one of those times it paid off to buy fabric I loved with no particular project in mind! Isn’t it a thrill to untie the ribbon from a fabric bundle and spread out the assortment?
Each block calls for 5 different fabrics; as I want to stretch the look of the collection prints throughout the quilt, I chose a few fabrics from the collection, then set about pulling a few scraps from my stash to coordinate.
I cut out the patches for one block, stitched the half-square triangles, and laid them all out on my design wall. It’s fun to see how the look of the block changes just by rotating the half-square triangles.
Continuing each block in the same manner, here are all I have completed so far. Can you spot the block I stitched together incorrectly? I may or may not correct it–what do you suggest?
Just for fun, I played with this design in Electric Quilt/EQ7, trying out a classic red and white version, then trying some reproduction red, white & blue fabrics for a very traditional, patriotic one-block lap quilt version that could even be used for a Quilts of Valor project.
Here’s another version that I plugged in some aqua/blue/green/gray swatches to get a feel for how that might look. Though I would plan to make mine much more scrappy and vary the values as in Marcie’s original quilt, this still gives me a visual idea.
I hope you’ve enjoyed exploring some additional fabric options with me, and that you’ll have fun customizing this to your own or a gift recipient’s decor, and/or using up lots of memorable scraps from your stash!
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