I’ve finally added Framboise to my Quilt Gallery. I’ve learned that one way to keep your patterns current is to make new versions in updated fabrics. I didn’t do that here, though. I used fabric that’s been in my stash for some time (Hydrangeas and Raspberries by Holly Holderman for Lake House Dry Goods) because I knew it would make a striking 4-Patch Wonder quilt. I actually put these blocks together early last year. It’s taken me this long to finish the top and get it backed, quilted, bound, labeled and photographed.

framboise august 2012
Framboise, 69″ x 84″ (2012)


I wish I had documented the process of arranging the blocks on my design wall. I usually start by putting my favorite block in the upper left hand corner but sometimes I have to move it for the sake of balance. Here’s a close-up of my favorite block, which wound up in the upper middle center of the quilt:

Dawn’s Favorite Block


Framboise was quilted by Melissa Hoffman. I asked Melissa to choose an edge-to-edge design with vines, leaves and scrolls and to use a light pink and green variegated thread. The effect is soft and subtle, just what I wanted. Here’s a better look at the motif:

Quilting Detail


I usually play around with leftover blocks on the back but I was in “get ‘er done” mode at the time so all I did was add a strip of the original focus fabric:

Back of Framboise


You can’t see it in the photos but the white background on the Lakehouse fabric has a secondary design that is very lightly frosted. It adds a glow to the quilt that I love. The rest of the backing fabric is a pastel batik that I’ve had for quite a while. Here’s a closer look at the quilting on the back:

Detail of Quilting on Back


Naming this quilt did not come easily. A host of alliterative titles came to mind – Blossoms and Berries, Berries and Blooms, even a pun on the Bloomsbury Group. In the end I decided on Framboise (raspberry in French) on the basis that it refers not only to the berry but to the color of the hydrangeas.




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6 Responses to Framboise

  1. Merethe says:

    Beautiful Dawn. Very soft colours. I wish I could have taken some of your classes while I was in OR, but maybe next time. I bought your pattern, and a book and fabric for the fractured images. See if I can make it.
    Take care.

    • Dawn says:

      thank you, Merethe! I was hoping to see you again while you were in Oregon. Let’s get together on your next trip!

  2. Rebecca says:

    This is lovely!! But I am partial to purples, pinks and greens. Love the raspberries and hydrangeas, the fact it is on point, the quilting, the backing – well you get it I love it all 🙂 Thanks for sharing

  3. greg says:

    Love the colors in this top! And Melissa is great, isn’t she? I just sent off two new tops to her a few days ago, and can’t wait to see what she does with them.

  4. Gail says:

    Very pretty ~ love the name, the quilt itself looks like it could live in Paris! It feels so good to get those quilt tops finished!!

  5. Glenda says:

    It’s beautiful, Dawn!

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