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Fresh Palette Summer Quilt

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Sunshine, blooming flowers, blue skies, picnic lunches – all things which remind us that summer is here. This sweet quilt with its shabby chic roses and red checks uses Carrie Nelson’s Fresh Palette collection and pattern and  is the perfect summer lap throw (you can download this free pattern here). I bought this quilt kit almost two years ago and am glad I finally found the time to put it all together.

The quilt is a comfortable 60″ X 60″ and and is easy to piece.

I had a lot of fun quilting this one, testing my free motion quilting skills with circles within circles, squares within squares and some pebbling and organic straight lines in the border.

Because this quilt kit came with the backing fabric and I did not have a lot of leftover fabric from the front, I ended up using just one piece of fabric on the back (rather than piecing it):

I love the adorable red checked binding which makes me think of summer picnics:

I also hand embroidered a little label with the name of the quilt, my name and the date:

I’m looking forward to using this one all summer!


This quilt counts toward the second quarter of the 2012 Finish Along (visit my pre-quarter post to see all the quilt projects I hope to finish this quarter).



  1. June 11, 2012    

    I wish I had that to snuggle under today! It’s cool here.

  2. June 11, 2012    

    That is absolutely gorgeous. The colors are fresh and so pretty!!

  3. June 13, 2012    

    I’m always a bit jealous when I see people who can do this. To me it’s amazing. One of these days I will learn to sew, or quilt, or knit, or something.

  4. June 14, 2012    

    Wow, these are so fresh and bright and…well…summery!

  5. June 14, 2012    

    I love love love love love this!!! Seriously love. Beautiful fabrics and pattern. Wonderful job Wendy!

  6. June 15, 2012    

    I just adore these quilts that you are making with such fresh summer colors. The one we got from (dare I say it) Walmart pales in comparison.

  7. June 17, 2012    

    That is stunning! You make beautiful quilts

  8. jude jude
    June 23, 2012    

    beautiful colours – it looks so good in the sunshine, which is non-existent this ‘summer’ in England. We are enduring driving rain, floods, and wild winds. Nice to know the sun is shining somewhere in the world !

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