Color has long been tied to emotions. Red is anger, jealously is green, yellow is considered cheerful and happy, etc. Why is blue sad? Doesn’t a bright blue sky make you happy? The deep blue sea can make you feel nostalgic or ponder deep thoughts. Blue is a beautiful color that does not make me think of sorrow, just as red doesn’t make me angry. So we are going to be quilting blues here in the next couple of examples. I hope they make you as happy as they made me.
Quilting the blues with Cookie Monster
JoAnna was quilting blues with this cute little Cookie Monster and train block quilt for some lucky child in her life. A simple block design added with some fun character prints make for a great utilitarian quilt that any kid could get behind… or under. JoAnna quilted this with Seamless, a simple loopy meander paper pantograph. It is a great quilting design when you don’t want to draw attention away from the fabric or the piecing.
Quilting the blue with Geese
This quilt has a lot of green, and I do feel a little envious. This pictorial quilt is from Sue. When we think of geese in quilting it is usually as a triangle in a rectangle. But she has literally put geese on her quilt this time.
Of course all of her quilting blues were representing the sky and the lake. Like JoAnn, Sue didn’t want to draw attention away from her piecing with an overly detailed quilting pattern. She chose instead to use Bolero, a ropey sort of meander that I think adds a lot of great movement to the top.
Quilting the Blues with Scraps
Judy was quilting blues with scraps from a bigger quilt. It is just large half square triangles that are sewn together in that chevron shape. She quilted a real favorite on top of it, Square Spiral. Because of its great geometric pattern, it gives an almost orange peel effect. Can you see the circles that are formed around the spirals? It has a very lovely texture to it.
Quilting the Blues with triangles
Judy seems to have gone through a quilting blues phase as this and the next are also from her. The pattern is simple enough. It is just tall isosceles triangles. The colors are what make this quilt pop. The black and dark grey paired with the white and blue are just amazing.
Judy often quilts free motion on her quilts, but this time she chose to use a design board. This particular board is called a Whole Lot of Bubbles. It is very hard to make circles perfect without the help of a ruler, or a design board.
Quilting the Blues with Tumbling Blocks
This is the last quilt from Judy, for today at least. This is a classic pattern, Tumbling Blocks, made up of identical rhombus shapes in three different colors. Their placement of course gives you the impression of stacked cubes.
I’m into big bold prints, so I just love that dark fabric she chose with the white and blue pieces compliments it. Because she framed it in that solid black, it really pops out. She chose to quilt these blues with free motion for this one. She connected a lot of continuous curves from each corner. Simple, but effective.
Quilting the Blues with “G”
Colleen quilted the blues with this block quilt. I’ll give you one guess as to the recipient’s first initial. The pattern she used to quilt this was also Bolero. The squiggly meander is a great pattern for lots of quilt designs.
Quilting the Blues with Stripes
This fun stripes and squares quilt was made by Carol. I’m sure she had to have made this with strip sets. But it is a groovy modern piece to quilt the blues with. She used near solid material for all her fabrics, which I think adds a lot. You are looking at her piecing and her design, not the fabrics.
She quilted this with the help of a paper pantograph called Star Dance. It has a whole bunch of big stars with swirls and such spinning around them.
Quilting the Blues with Lattice
Our last blues quilter is Amanda. Squares on point with lattice on top! I like the use of white for a background. It really draws the eye to the square formed under the lattice, rather than squares on point with dark sashing between the blocks.
The paper pantograph design you see here is Airborne. It is very featheresque while being very open and easy for beginners or anyone new to pantographs. It just has lots of swirls and movement for a top.
However you’re feeling, quilting can be a fun and relaxing hobby. So feel free to feel blue and make some awe inspiring blue quilts.