Thursday, April 21, 2011

Everything's Just Ducky!

I've been having fun revisiting several of my favorite quilt designs and they have inspired several new designs that I'm currently working on. The latest design that I've finished and am releasing this month is one I call "DUCKS IN A POND". (If you look at the photo above, you might be able to see the four mama ducks with their four little ducklings paddling into the center of the pond.)

The colors of this quilt are very fresh and springy - apple green and sky blue. And I've decided to return to using some of the simple stitch patterns that I've used past patterns that easily replicate fabric swatches in a quilt. Here's a close-up of one of the central green quilt blocks, that shows the simplicity of the stitches:

And here's the opposite blue block with a slightly different stitch pattern in the blue "pieces":

There are also two soft metallic ribbon threads used in this piece; you can see them both in the center diamond as well as the bright corner bits.

And just to mix things up a bit and add something unexpected to the design, I created a fun zig zag border that switches background colors in each quadrant. Here it is up-close where the colors meet in the center:

The springy colors of this design make me smile every time I look at it. But you know, it would sure be fun to see it in other colors as well - any two colors that tickle your fancy would be fun to try, don't you think?

Anyway, if you're in the mood to celebrate spring (or even stitch something for Mother's Day) and you would like more information about ordering my new DUCKS IN A POND, please visit my website listed at the right.


Sheila said...

I just love the new pattern.The colors are so pretty.I'm just learning this and have done two of your freebies, The Ball Park and Spring Flower Bed, and I'm enjoying them. I need to pick a big one now to do, this may have to be it.

Plumbing said...

Birds are always fascinating to watch. Canada geese have many of the same habits as ducks. What I love is the way they go about their bird business, paying no attention whatever to the humans nearby. We do not count unless we're bringing food. Then it's really the food that counts, of course, not us.

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