Quilts

Square Dance

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Square Dance (2014)

 

Back of Square Dance
Back of Square Dance

An original design, based on the classic twist block dating back to 1870. In terms of piecing, Square Dance was not difficult to sew. The challenge came in arranging (and then keeping track of) the 12 different fabrics — four roses, four purples, and four greens — used to make the lattice strips.

The straight lines of the lattice strips and border squares offset the swirls, curves and curlicues in the floral focus fabric.

• 55½” x 64½”
• quilted by Melissa Hoffman
• 2014

To read more about the making of this quilt and to see close-ups of Melissa Hoffman’s quilting, see this post.

 

 

Honeymoon in Paris

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Honeymoon in Paris (2013)
2013-12, Honeymoon in Paris, back
Back of Honeymoon in Paris

Honeymoon in Paris gets its name from the Paris-themed fabric (two prints on the front and the Eiffel tower on the back) and the double wedding ring block design. The fleur-de-lis motif in the quilting adds a bit more French flavor. The pattern is “Metro Rings” by Sew Kind of Wonderful.

• 56″ x 75″
• Quilted by Debbie Scroggy of All Quilted, LLC
• 2013

To read more about the making of this quilt, including the quilting by Debbie Scroggy, see my post here.

 

Lyra’s Quilt

 

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Lyra’s Quilt (2013)

Lyra’s Quilt, #6 in my series of kaleidoscope quilts. After making Cosmic Kaleidoscopes (see below) in early 2013, I wanted to make a smaller version using just three oversize kaleido blocks. This quilt, a gift for my new great niece, was the result.

2013-11, Lyra's quilt, back
Back of Lyra’s Quilt

Click on the picture at right to get a better look at the hydrangea focus fabric. That circular flower in the upper left was made from a leftover kaleido block.

To read about the making of this quilt and Nancy Stovall’s quilting on it, see my post here.

• 44″ x  51″
• Designed and pieced by Dawn White
• Quilted by Nancy Stovall of  Just Quilting
• 2013

 

 

 

 

Hunky-Dori

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Hunky-Dori (2013)

Hunky-Dori was made using the pattern “Urban Tiles” by Jenny Pedigo of Sew Kind of Wonderful. The name comes from the expression “hunky-dory,” meaning “fine and dandy,” but incorporates the name of the focus fabric I used, Dori by Mitzi Powers for Benartex. For more details about the fabrics I used, see my post here.

  • 57″ square
  • Quilted by Janis Hays
  • 2013

 

Day for Night

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Day for Night (2013)

Black and white — such a timeless combination. Day for Night is based on “Silhouette,” a design by Kari Nichols that was introduced in the March/April 2012 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine. The pattern calls for pairs of prints that are positive/negative. I had a few in my stash and found some additional fabrics in the Night and Day line by Exclusively Quilts.

I modified the design to reduce the number of seams in the triangles and squares. To read about the making of Day for Night, see my post here. Note that the quilt is bound in the same two fabrics used in the outer borders — but with the opposite value. To read more about the binding treatment, see my post here.

On the back: a whimsical black-and-white print featuring dress forms, spiced up with a jolt of fuchsia.

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Back of Day for Night

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cosmic Kaleidoscopes

Cosmic Kaleidoscopes
Cosmic Kaleidoscopes (2013)

Cosmic Kaleidoscopes, #5 in my series of kaleidoscope quilts. To me this quilt represents a juxtaposition of traditional and modern sensibilities. I used a traditional Jacobean floral fabric in the kaleidoscope blocks and then floated those blocks on a borderless background. Nancy Stovall of Just Quilting quilted wavy lines that simply flow off the edges.

Back of Cosmic Kaleidoscopes
Back of Cosmic Kaleidoscopes

Click on the picture at right to get a better look at the focus fabric. I inserted a strip of it on the back and added some half-kaleido blocks made from the leftover fabric. Nancy used a lighter thread for the kaleidoscope blocks, creating an almost lacelike effect on the back.

  • 60″ x 76″
  • Designed and pieced by Dawn White
  • Quilted by Nancy Stovall of Just Quilting
  • 2013

To read more about the making of Cosmic Kaleidoscopes, please see my post here.

 

 

 

Sunrise Bow-tique

Sunrise Bow-tique, 33.5" x 42"
Sunrise Bow-tique (2013)

Sunrise Bow-tique started as an exercise in making bowtie blocks using raw-edge applique fused with Steam-a-Seam-2. It ended as an exercise in using a gradated ombre fabric in the alternating blocks — simply because that was the only fabric I could find that I really liked with the bowtie blocks. Serendipity!

To read more about the making of Sunrise Bow-tique, please see my post here. To read more about Nancy Stovall’s quilting on it, please see this post.

 

Framboise

Framboise (2012)

Another version of my 4-Patch Wonder pattern. This one was made from Lakehouse Dry Goods fabric (Hydrangeas and Raspberries by Holly Holderman). The border fabric, Sweet Dreams by Robyn Pandolph for SSI, is so soft it feels almost like flannel.  It features scrolls and vines and leaves, which led me to the quilting motif.

back of Framboise

Click on the photo at right to see a close-up of the original focus fabric.

  • 72″ x 84″
  • Designed and pieced by Dawn White
  • Quilted by Melissa Hoffman
  • 2012

To read more about the making of Framboise, please see my post here.

Pattern available: 4-Patch Wonder. Two sizes included: 52″ x 66″ and 66″ x 80″

 

 

 

 Ode to Spode

Ode to Spode quilt by Dawn White of First Light Designs
Ode to Spode (2012)

Ode to Spode, #4 in my series of kaleidoscope quilts. My inspiration for this quilt was Judy Johnson’s “Cascading Kaleidoscopes” design, but in addition to the 6” and 12” blocks of Judy’s design, I added some 9” blocks to the mix. There are close to 1,000 pieces in this quilt. I had made only a few blocks when their similarity to the dozens of blue and white china patterns made by Spode jumped out at me, hence the name.

Back of Ode to Spode

You can see the original focus fabric on the back of the quilt.

  • 67” x 72”
  • Designed and pieced by Dawn White
  • Quilted by Melissa Hoffman
  • 2012

 

 

 

 

 

Tiffany’s Garden

Tiffany’s Garden (2012)

Saw the fabric (Deco Delight by Fabric Freedom). Had to have it. But – what to do with it? A friend suggested I make a quilt using my own 4-Patch Wonder pattern. The overblown poppies were way too big to be contained in a 6” block, the measurement in the 4-Patch Wonder pattern, so I made a new pattern with a 9″ block and named it (and the quilt) Tiffany’s Garden because the blocks and setting triangles reminded me of the stained glass work of artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933).

  • 72” x 90 ½”
  • Designed and pieced by Dawn White
  • Quilted by Melissa Hoffman
  • 2012

Pattern available: Tiffany’s Garden. Two sizes included: full (72″ x 90 ½”) and queen (90 ½” x 109″).

A version of this pattern using 6” center blocks is available under the name 4-Patch Wonder. See Framboise, Marrakesh Express and Midnight in the Garden in this gallery.

 

 

I Love Paris

I Love Paris (2011)

The heart-shaped design, the Eiffel tower, Paris map and French poodle fabrics . . . what else could I call this quilt but I Love Paris? Even the white background fabric has hearts on it, and there are different heart motifs in the quilting.

Like many of my quilts, I Love Paris started out as an experiment. I wanted to make tessellating pinwheels that finished at 6”, so I transferred the markings from the small Lil’ Twister tool by CS Designs to a 6½” square ruler and made my own template. I decided to float the heart with no border treatment, but after the heart was done I could see that it needed something extra. How about a shelf for the heart to sit on? The small Lil’ Twister tool gave me a row of 3” finished pinwheels, the perfect proportion for the larger blocks and the perfect resting place for the heart.

Directions for making this quilt are available as a tutorial.

  • 58” x 64”
  • Designed and pieced by Dawn White
  • Quilted by Melissa Hoffman
  • 2011

 

It’s All in the Twist

It’s All in the Twist (2011)

Everything old is new again. It’s All in the Twist is a happy union of the traditional twist block dating back to 1870 and the contemporary kaleidoscope block. I came across a picture of the twist block with a solid octagonal center and thought, “Wouldn’t a kaleidoscope block look great there?” I couldn’t wait to try it out. So much so that I tried it out first with my favorite faux-kaleido block – the 4-Patch Wonder, of course. Paired with red and green ribbons against a solid black background, the gorgeous Jacobean floral fabric (Bellagio Road by RJR Fabrics) translated into wonderfully varied faux-kaleido blocks. Click on the the photo of the back to see a larger image of the focus fabric.

Back of It's All in the Twist by Dawn White
Back of It’s All in the Twist

As an Audrey Hepburn fan, I am especially fond of one of her earlier movies, Sabrina (1954).Do you remember the scene in Paris where Sabrina is in cooking school learning how to crack an egg properly (i.e. one-handed) under the unnervingly stern glare of the French chef?  “It’s all in the wrist,” he says. That’s where the title of this quilt came from.

  • 57” x 65”
  • Designed and pieced by Dawn White
  • Quilted by Melissa Hoffman
  • 2011

Pattern available: It’s All in the Twist.

 

 

Midnight in the Garden 

Midnight in the Garden quilt by Dawn White at First Light Designs
Midnight in the Garden (2011)
Midnight in the Garden back
Back of Midnight in the Garden

There is just something about Jacobean florals; almost without exception they make the most beautiful faux-kaleido 4-Patch Wonder blocks. I teamed this gorgeous fabric, Carmen by Timeless Treasures, with a metallic celadon green and flat black, and was thrilled with the result. Click on the image at right to get a better look at the focus fabric.

Carmen, as the quilt was originally named, was exhibited at the 2011 Stitches in Bloom quilt show in Silverton, Oregon, where it won the viewers’ choice award for best traditional quilt. I’m sure Melissa Hoffman’s outstanding quilting had something to do with that award. Later I renamed the quilt Midnight in the Garden.

  • 66” x 80”
  • Designed and pieced by Dawn White
  • Quilted by Melissa Hoffman
  • 2011

Pattern available: 4-Patch Wonder. Two sizes included: 52″ x 66″ and 66″ x 80″

 

Marrakesh Express 

Marrakesh Express by Dawn White at First LIght Designs
Marrakesh Express (2010)
Back of Marrakesh Express
Back of Marrakesh Express

The rich colors of paprika, pepper and ginger in this fabric (Marakesh by Maywood Studio) bring to mind exotic spices traded centuries ago along the Silk Road. I knew the print would yield simple but striking 4-Patch Wonder blocks. Click on the photo of the back to see a larger image of the focus fabric.

  • 52” x 66”
  • Designed and pieced by Dawn White
  • Quilted by Carol Parks
  • 2010

Pattern available: 4-Patch Wonder. Two sizes included: 52″ x 66″ and 66″ x 80″

 

 

V8 

V8 Quilt by Dawn White at First Light Designs
V8 (2010)

V8, #3 in my series of kaleidoscope quilts. Inspiration for the name came from the focus fabric (Variegated Garden by Martha Negley for Rowan Fabrics), which reminded me of red ripe tomatoes and leafy green vegetables, ingredients of a certain tomato juice beverage. Then it occurred to me that each kaleidoscope block contains eight V-shaped wedges.

In this quilt I turned the octagons into circles and floated them on green backgrounds, then added tomato red diamonds at the corner of the blocks for an extra pop of color.

Back of V8

I got a little carried away using leftover blocks on the back. Click on the photo at right to see a larger image of the focus fabric.

  • 55” x 64”
  • Designed and pieced by Dawn White
  • Quilted by Janis Whitman
  • 2010

 

 

 

 

 

Wonderful Town 

Wonderful Town (2010)

I couldn’t bear to use too much of this charming retro New York fabric from In the Beginning Fabrics, so I made a small 4-Patch Wonder quilt. I wasn’t crazy about some of the blocks as 4-Patch Wonders so they became “sliders,” i.e. four-patch blocks with the images right side up. The cornerstones are New York Beauty blocks, a nod to Lady Liberty’s crown. I am sure I spent more time making those corners than I spent on the rest of the quilt.

Back of Wonderful Town and detail

I think I like the back of the quilt almost as much as the front.

Wonderful Town gets its name from lyrics from the 1949 movie On The Town with Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra: “New York, New York, it’s a wonderful town . . . ”

  • 36” x 36”
  • Designed and pieced by Dawn White
  • Quilted by Pat Roche
  • 2010

 

Ramblin’ Rose

Ramblin’ Rose (2009)

Based on Judy Johnson’s “Cascading Kaleidoscopes” design, Ramblin’ Rose is #2 in my series of kaleidoscope quilts. The fabric is from the line Barefoot Roses by Tonya Whelan for Free Spirit Fabrics. That fabric can be seen on the back of the quilt, along with my original flowerpot design using halves of leftover kaleidoscope blocks.

  • 53” x 59”
  • Designed and pieced by Dawn White
  • Quilted by Lee Fowler
  • 2009

 

Back of Ramblin’ Rose with detail of flowerpot

 

Sandy’s Rose Garden

Sandy's Rose Garden by Dawn White at First Light Designs
Sandy’s Rose Garden (2009)

Have you ever found a fabric so beautiful you almost couldn’t bear to cut into it? Such was the case with this fabric in Tonya Whelan’s Barefoot Roses line for Free Spirit. Fortunately, I bought a lot of it. I used it first in Sandy’s Rose Garden, shown here. It has since made its way into another quilt (see Ramblin’ Rose), a bathrobe, and a pair of pillowcases. Who knows where it will show up next?

Sandy's Rose Garden back by Dawn White at First Light Designs
Back of Sandy’s Rose Garden

Sandy’s Rose Garden is based on the pattern “Four-Patch Stacked Posies” by HD Designs. I departed from the design by adding a narrow strip in the sashing, a flange around the outside, and corner blocks in the outer border. The cornerstones in the interior of the quilt were fussy cut from a piece of vintage checked fabric.

Leftover blocks went on the back. Click on the photo at right to see a larger image of the focus fabric.

  • 50” x 60”
  • Designed and pieced by Dawn White
  • Hand quilted by Julie Riggs, with some machine quilting by Dawn White
  • 2009

 

Fiesta 

Fiesta (2009)

This is Fiesta, the quilt that got me hooked on the kaleidoscope block and inspired a series of kaleidoscope quilts. Based on Maxine Rosenthal’s book, One Block Wonder, and Judy Johnson’s “Cascading Kaleidoscopes” design, it’s made up of 6” blocks with a scattering of 12” blocks thrown in the mix. I picked a wild floral print – in this case Kirman by Kaffe Fassett for Rowan Fabrics  – because I figured it would produce blocks with great variety in color and form. I could hardly wait for each block to reveal its own unique design. The profusion of warm and hot colors, the original motifs in the focus fabric, and the finished kaleido blocks all contribute to a distinctly southwestern feel, which led to the name Fiesta.

Back of Fiesta

Unused blocks went on the back, along with a piece of the original focus fabric. Click on the photo at right to see a larger image of the focus fabric.

  • 54” x 54”
  • Designed and pieced by Dawn White
  • Quilted by Lee Fowler
  • 2009

 

 

 

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