This stunning quilt was made by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Company. I got to see it in person while I was in Illinois in September taking a class from her. The quilt is a pattern called Brown Eyed Girl, made with the 3 Sisters collection Aster Manor. Great quilt, great color choice with the browns, reds, and pinks. In fact, I loved it so much I wanted to make it exactly as Carrie had done. Me? Shy about being a copy cat? Nah. This quilt moved to the top ten on my To Do List.
Well, then I went to PIQF (my region's biggest quilt festival) and saw something in the Prairie Queen's booth that took my breath away. April at Prairie Queens made this same exact pattern and came up with an entirely new look, just as breathtaking as Carrie's original. Take a look at April's version.
I can just hear you all out there gasping. Isn't this awesome?
Carrie's gorgeous version:
April's gorgeous version:
The point I want to make is that we need to keep an open mind about what color ways to use with quilt patterns. It is very tempting to play it safe and copy a design exactly. There is nothing wrong with this, and this can work out beautifully. You end up with just the quilt you fell in love with, and live happily ever after.
Or, you can use your imagination and try something totally different and just see what evolves. April is an extremely talented, prize winning quilter who has been sewing for many years. Of course she comes up with fabulous ideas, she's a pro. But we can do it too. Just think how great this quilt would look in red, caramel and cream. Fabulous as well. How about lovely autumnal rusts, tans and greens? I'm there. Or, how about doing a sensational Christmas quilt using red, green, gold and white? Incredible.
But, like I said, sometimes we fall in love and have to have it just the way we saw someone else do it. Believe me, I do it all the time. Remember my Elizabeth quilt made out of Rouenneries? I shamelessly copied Wendy because I thought her quilt was the most gorgeous quilt I have ever seen. Wendy thought outside the box and I imitated her genius.
If you would like to imitate April's version of Brown Eyed Girl, Prairie Queens has kits made up, using the fabrics shown in the blue and tan version pictured above.
The kits include the border fabric, all the blues, tans, caramels, lights, and the pattern as well. Give the girls at Prairie Queens a call at (408) 559-6735 and order one for yourself before they all sell out. Or, take the plunge and imagine your own color way for Brown Eyed Girl. Either way, you will end up with a quilt you will love!
PS: Thanks for all your words of encouragement with my Route 44 quilt. I wish I could answer each and every one of your comments. Please know I appreciate your feedback more than I can say.