I can now share some of the tops I’ve made this year for Fabric Cafe. Donna and Fran have been busy creating new patterns for their new book – Quilts on the Double. As both pattern tester and sample top maker, I’ve enjoyed seeing these quilts come alive. But I’ve had to keep them a secret. Until now!
In case you are wondering, there is a lot of work before these books are released. I got into the process after Donna and Fran had already spent days/weeks/months working on patterns, instructions, layout, fabric selection, etc. I think I have the part that is the most fun – making the quilt top.
These are the 8 quilt patterns found in Quilts on the Double:
- Balance – 44.5 x 57 inches (113.03 x 144.78 cm)
- Broad Strokes – 45 x 59 inches (114.3 x 149.86 cm)
- Dancing Bears – 41 x 59 inches (104.14 x 149.86 cm)
- Engagement – 41 x 59 inches (104.14 x 149.86 cm)
- Louvers – 43.5 x 61.5 inches (110.49 x 156.21 cm)
- Perfect Match – 41 x 60 inches (104.14.38 x 152.4 cm)
- Ribbons – 45 x 58 inches (114.3 x 147.32 cm)
- Stellar – 45 x 57 inches (114.3 x 144.78 cm)
These sizes are made with 1 yard each of 3 fabrics. But if you want something larger, the book gives directions for making a Twin with 2 yards each of 3 fabrics, or Queen/King with 4 yards each of 3 fabrics.
I made 7 out of the 8 quilt tops that are in this book.
Balance (By Fran) – looking like some toy blocks stacked and staggered, this quilt works up quickly with strip piecing. Put dinner in the Slow Pot and you can have this top done in a day.
Broad Strokes (By Donna) – this fabric is gorgeous! The large print poinsettias stand out in the large block and strip piecing makes the second block a snap to make.
Engagement (By Donna) – This quilt used some of Donna’s fabric by Quilting Treasures. She’s done it again with beautiful colors and designs.
Louvers (By Fran) – It looks like looking through the window and the large print design just pops.
Perfect Match (By Fran) – Making just one block, but flipping it, then adding sashing and poof! You have a quilt top!
Ribbons (By Fran) – Have you ever watched the gymnasts doing their routine while twirling a ribbon? This pattern reminds me of those ribbons. This top is not as easy as the others, but don’t let it intimidate you. There are a number of different units so I used lots of Post-it Notes to help keep the pieces straight and took it one step at a time. You’ll be happy with the results.
Stellar (By Donna) – Do you like stars? This pattern alternates star blocks with a large block highlighting a large print fabric.
Check out this YouTube video sharing the quilts that are included in the new book – Quilts on the Double by Donna Robertson & Fran Morgan from Fabric Cafe.
I hope you’ve seen something you like. If you choose to buy the book, put a note in the comment section that you saw it here and ask Donna or Fran to autograph it for you. 🙂