English Country Garden: choosing fabric…
I think one of my favourite subjects to write about here is how our fabric - especially the background we choose - can transform the look of a quilt. The Liberty London Parks fabric and soft blue Wiltshire Shadow we chose for the English Country Garden quilt give it a soft, romantic and traditional look. The quilty equivalent of wandering along an herbaceous border in a Laura Ashley frock.
But let's explore a couple of different options. The first uses a delicious collection called Dwell, by Camille Roskelley for Moda, which features red roses, blue ticking and the loveliest leaf green prints.
I've paired this with a bright, ivory background to highlight the red, white and blue colourway. And I can see it gracing the tea tent at a village fete, resplendent with bunting and gingham tablecloths.
Next I've reimagined our beautiful quilt in the gorgeous Collage collection by British designer Janet Clare for Moda, which is full of vibrant greens, cloudy blues and soft navies.
I'm using this collection with a denim-coloured background - like French General's textured basic in woad, also by Moda - which recalls country walks wading through lush green meadows, with our favourite faded jeans tucked into green wellies.
This might be the perfect quilt to make for the menfolk. They might even sneak it down to the shed to keep them cosy for the important business of perusing the seed catalogues.
I hope that both these options have planted a few ideas for your own English Country Garden quilt if you're sewing along with us this summer. You can find all of the details in this post and you still have a whole week to purchase the patterns with our generous early bird discount - which ends on the 19th of May - before the sewalong begins on the 22nd. We also have a lovely British Sewarow Facebook group where we can all chat about the fabrics we're considering, because procrastinating in company is always better. See you there,