May 17, 2018

Bohemian Garden Quilt | Modern Quilt Pattern by Suzy Quilts


Bohemian Garden Quilt Pattern designed by Suzy Quilts | Modern Appliqué | Shannon Fraser Designs |

Did you know that I’m a history major?

I not only studied all about Roman, Greek, Japanese, Chinese, the history of the French Revolution, but I also took countless art history courses. Except for having to memorize so many dates, I loved it ALL.

I’m a very visual person, so I guess it’s really not that big of a surprise that I loved spending 3 hours a week in a dark classroom looking at paintings and learning about the history behind them.
It was just fascinating!

So, to have the chance to combine both my love for art and quilting, I just couldn’t pass it up!


Suzy Quilts’ latest Bohemian Garden quilt pattern does just that by combining the influence of Henri Matisse’s art with the tactile goodness of quilting in a modern take of a whimsical garden.


Bohemian Garden Quilt Pattern designed by Suzy Quilts | Modern Appliqué | Shannon Fraser Designs |

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What’s even more appealing is the pattern not only comes with instructions for 3 different methods (quilting-weight cotton, knit and whole-cloth knit) to pull this gorgeous design together, but there’s also an in-depth 3-part video tutorial series to walk you through the entire process.

Oh, and did I mention there’s inspiration layouts for wall hangings, pillows and even clothing?! It’s the pattern that keeps on giving 😉


Bohemian Garden Quilt Pattern designed by Suzy Quilts | Modern Appliqué | Shannon Fraser Designs |

This pattern came at a time when I was swamped with secret sewing (you know ALL about that if you’re on my weekly newsletter), so, sneaking in another project was probably the last thing I should have taken on.

But a Suzy Quilts pattern + art + quilting = how can you say no?

With an impromptu few hours that opened in my schedule, I got to work.

Since I didn’t have a lick of jersey on hand in my fabric stash, I opted to go the quilting weight cotton route. I love quilting cotton, but I would have loved to tackle a jersey quilt; and hope to one day!

But alas, I was strapped for time and couldn’t wait for a delivery, so cotton would have to do.

Fabric pull for Bohemian Garden Quilt Pattern designed by Suzy Quilts | Modern Appliqué | Shannon Fraser Designs |

The best part about this quilt is that it comes together SUPER quick.

So quick, in fact, that I had the entire quilt pieced, basted and quilted in less than a day.

Less. Than. A. Day.

That’s a record for me!

Bohemian Garden Quilt Pattern designed by Suzy Quilts | Modern Appliqué | Shannon Fraser Designs |


Now, don’t let the idea of templates scare you off. I’m normally not one to fuss with templates, but these fun modern flowers and leaves are just too cute!

Suzy includes loads of instructions and tips on how best to attach them, one being to use Pellon 805 Wonder-Under Fusible Web for raw edge appliqué. That totally would have been my go-to, but, you guessed it, I didn’t have any of that on hand either.

With my Juki only doing a straight stitch, I was concerned that it would be a frayed mess by the time I was done with it.

To avoid that, I opted for needle-turn appliqué.


Here’s where things slowed down for me.

I am hands down the slowest hand stitcher and I’m an even slower needle-turn appliquéer.

Which is why my quilt is currently a work in progress (WIP). A very pretty WIP, but a WIP none the less.

It would have been done LONG ago had I gone the raw edge appliqué route that is recommended in the pattern. And I have since picked up some Pellon 805 Wonder-Under Fusible Web for the next Bohemian Garden Quilt project I tackle. I’m loving the idea of a wall hanging or pillow to jazz up the home décor.

Bohemian Garden Quilt Pattern designed by Suzy Quilts | Modern Appliqué | Shannon Fraser Designs |

On the plus side, I am loving the look of the needle-turned appliqué flowers sitting on top of all those yummy quilted straight lines. I know it will look amazing once said and done, but with the limited hand stitching I can tackle at once (read more about creative sustainability here), I’m just focusing on the enjoyment of seeing this pretty design slowly come together.

And it will be the perfect summer time project!


MATERIALS USED


Everything I used in my quilt was entirely pulled from my stash. Love when that happens.

Blue Linen Texture from Makower UK
Shell Cotton Couture Solids by Michael Miller Fabrics
Vine Maze from the Luxe Collection by Michael Miller Fabrics
Aurifil Thread 50wt in #2021 for piecing, quilting and needle turn appliquéing 
DMC Pearl Cotton Thread Size 8 for hand quilting 
Needles for hand quilting 
Needles for appliqué
Suzy Quilts' Bohemian Garden quilt pattern

Bohemian Garden Quilt Pattern designed by Suzy Quilts | Modern Appliqué | Shannon Fraser Designs |

Whether you want to tackle this as a super fast or super slow-going project, you’re sure to find the perfect approach for you.

Get Suzy Quits’ Bohemian Garden quilt pattern and get your summer quilty party started. 

Happy quilting!

xo

Shannon

PS I'm linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social and Finish-it-Up Friday with Crazy Mom Quilts (cause lots of it is done)!
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5 comments:

  1. What a sweet quilt this is going to be!!

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    1. Thank you!! I love how different it is from all the other quilts I’ve tackled. It’s good to step out of your routine every once in awhile 😉

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  3. This is going to be such a cute quilt Shannon! I love the colours too. I haven’t done applique since I got my Juki - I have not the patience for needle-turn applique and with the straight stitch only machine, I too am afraid of the mess I would end up with.

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    1. It’s such a fun design and so different from what’s out there. Next time I will definitely follow Suzy’s advice and use the Pellon 805 Wonder Under and then just use a straight stitch as close to the edge for raw edge appliqué. It would make for a quicker finish and I wouldn’t mind the added texture of a little fraying 😉

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