PIECING AND APPLIQUÉ PROJECT THE GRAPE THIEVES You will need Cream solid or tone- on-tone background fabric – 4yds Red prints – three (3) fat quarters Ochre/gold prints – three (3) fat quarters Green prints – five (5) fat quarters Blue prints – four (4) fat quarters Dark/charcoal prints – four (4) fat quarters Binding fabric – ¾yd Stabiliser or fusible web for your preferred method of appliqué – 2yds Batting – 84in x 75in Backing fabric – 84in x 75in Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Fabrics French General Favorites and Best of Morris – Fall from Moda Fabrics Q my.modafabrics.com Finished size Approx. 76in x 67in Q Cutting out 1 From the cream background fabric, cut the following: One (1) 75in length – with fabric folded, measure 75in along selvedges; fold back the remainder keeping the fold perpendicular, then cut along the fold. Set aside the rest of the fabric for step 2. Open out so selvedges are at both edges, then refold the length twice to make four (4) layers. The folded fabric should be around 44in wide ( WOF) by 19in deep. Trim off the first selvedge to give a straight edge. From this edge, cut: – Two (2) 10½in x 75in strips (for sashing). – Four (4) 2½in x 75in strips (for borders). – One (1) 8½in x 75in strip, subcut into six (6) 8½in squares (for end triangles) and one (1) 8½in x 24in piece. – From the 8½in x 24in piece above, cut two (2) 3½in x 24in strips, subcut into ten (10) 3½in squares (for CC). Q BEHIND THE QUILT FALL FRUIT ORCHARD “Most William Morris fans will recognise his famous ‘Strawberry Thief’ design, which is reproduced in the Best of Morris - Fall collection from Moda Fabrics, used here. But this collection is all about the rich colours of autumn, and strawberries say ‘summer’ to me. While William and Jane Morris might have had thrushes stealing their strawberries, I have a pergola festooned in two grapevines, and the biggest thieves of my fruit are blackbirds, with the occasional rook and jackdaw. So, this quilt became all about the fruit thieves in my garden! “I’ll be honest – while I love the glorious Art Nouveau flourishes of Morris’s pattern designs, I’m not a fan of dark, heavy, Victorian colour schemes. When I saw this collection, I knew I’d have to use it with something much lighter to balance the weight of all those deep shades of blue, red, green, ochre and charcoal. Bringing in some strong value contrast from Moda’s much lighter French General Favorites ‘Pearl’ as a background and within the blocks helped in three ways: allowing the block piecing to become more visible, letting the Morris designs shine out and giving lots of space for appliqué motifs. If you can’t find a suitable cream solid or tone- on-tone, quilter’s calico (American muslin) would work as well; I used it as backing and it’s a perfect match.” – 2 From the remaining cream background fabric, cut as follows: Three (3) 16in x WOF strips. Subcut as follows: Fi Bowman Q 52 Join us at www.gathered.how/todaysquilter
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