Briar Rose Quilt Pattern
Designing quilts for publication is a funny thing. Magazines work so far ahead that sometimes, if you’re not the one making the quilt, you forget all about a design until it appears on the printed page. And even then you might not recognize it as your own. That’s what happened with Briar Rose in the Jan/Feb issue of Quiltmaker.
I first imagined this design in monochrome, i.e. just one color. I thought it would be great in reds and pinks, and I named it Strawberry Sundae.
The editors at Quiltmaker imagined it differently, which is always fun and interesting. They added in aqua and I really like this version, too. The floral border print adds a lot of interest. They called it Briar Rose.
Just for kicks, I created a few other color ways using EQ7 quilt design software from Electric Quilt Company. If you’re interested in quilt design, this is a tool you can’t live without.
I thought it might be cool in patriotic fabrics. I kind of like the red, white and blue. I might name it Patriot.
I’m always on the lookout for new Christmas quilts, so I added in some green to see what would happen. I have a trunk show of holiday quilts called Jingle Bells, and it’s getting good reviews! (See more of those quilts.) I’d call this one December Daze.
I always think of blue and white quilts at this time of year, so I plugged in those colors, too. I might like this rendition best of all! A good name for it would be Delft.
I enjoy designing quilts of all types, but this isn’t my favorite kind of quilt to make. I was happy to let someone on Quiltmaker’s home sewing team do it. I prefer to make scrappy quilts where every block is a new adventure! You can always see what I’m working on by checking out my Instagram feed where I go by @stashbanditquilting. I hope to see you there!