I have a confession. I’m not sure how I grew up in the seventies without watching the Brady Bunch. Maybe I was watching Bewitched too much to have time for the Brady Bunch? My husband shakes his head when any pop culture reference to the show flies over my head. But, while I’ve never seen an episode, I do know that, “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!” comes from the Brady Bunch! Were you a fan?
Marcia was played by Maureen McCormick who is now a fabric designer for Moda! Her debut line is called A Blooming Bunch (isn’t that perfect?) and it is full of 1970’s spirit! She’s brought avocado green, pink gingham and daisies galore into a fun fabric collection. When I saw it I couldn’t help but imagine a summer picnic on a hill somewhere breezy with a sundress and sandals!
I used her fabric line to create my Summer Saturday quilt that is in the July/August 2021 Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine. I have three patterns in this edition! You might be interested in the Shark Cat Bed (FUN!), or the All the Buzz quilt, too.
For Summer Saturday I wanted to use a single unit in two color ways to add variety without complexity. The focus fabric in her line has a pink version and a teal version. Perfect! The main block is alternated with a small print so the blocks float in the main portion of the quilt.
It was important to me to allow the on point block design that emerges to not get cut off by the inner border. So, I decided to make the inner border a bit chunky in order to accommodate one final flying goose unit so the main body of the quilt breaks through the border. I love this effect!
The outer border is one of my favorites. It is simply flippy corners on two different sized rectangles! So SIMPLE! I could see this border done in browns and greens to make a Christmas Tree border dance around a holiday quilt, too! If you’d like to get the pattern for Summer Saturday as a download, you can find it here!
This quilt was pieced by my good friend, Melanie Peterson, who is our lead Quilt Fairy here at Quilted Joy. I quilted it with an all over meandering daisy and I’m looking forward to having a picnic on a Summer Saturday with my quilt soon! If you decide to make this quilt, please send in a photo so I can see your hard work! I love seeing my patterns “in the wild”. 🙂