Real tropical plants can be finicky. Making them in patchwork ensures they can survive year-round in any climate. The leaves in Leafy can be made with fat quarters, fat eighths, precut 10” squares or scraps. Use fat eighths or fat quarters to make each leaf with a single fabric, as in my Large Quilt. Use 10” squares to make scrappier leaves, as in the Small Quilt and Pillow Cover shown on the pattern cover. Large multicolor prints, subtle monochromatic prints, and bold solids will all work equally well in these projects!
Rather than using a single background fabric, Leafy blocks use different background fabrics for each block or set of blocks. This can create a scrappy low-volume look, as in my Small Quilt, or a riot of color, as in my Large Quilt.
The leaves are pieced using conventional patchwork techniques. No templates or paper piecing! The skinny stems are created by starting with strips that are a little too wide and them cutting them down after sewing. This is similar to the way Preppy the Whale and Bjorn Bear’s mouths are made and makes it a little easier to keep those skinny pieces straight.
The pattern calls for precut 2-1/2” strips because precut rolls can be an efficient way to purchase a coordinated variety of solid strips. The 2-1/2” strips will be cut into skinnier strips to make the blocks. If you already have a lot of solid fabric scraps on hand, they can most likely be substituted for the 2-1/2” precut strips. Page 13 of the pattern talks more about how to use scraps to make Leafy projects.
Patterns will start shipping to stores in mid-May 2019. Electronic patterns will be available in my shop starting May 24, 2019.
A list of my wholesale distributors can be found here.
Kits for the Large Quilt include fabrics for making the quilt top, binding, and the pattern, and are available for wholesale order from Robert Kaufman Fabrics for shipping in August 2019.
MATERIALS FOR LARGE LEAFY QUILT
This 72” x 80” quilt can be made using three precuts and no additional fabrics. All you need is an Adventure Fat Quarter Bundle, an Adventure Essex Coordinates Fat Quarter Bundle, and and Adventure Kona Coordinate Roll-Up. You can see what’s in each precut here.
Adventure precuts are available for wholesale preorder from Robert Kaufman Fabrics and will start shipping to stores in August 2019.
MATERIALS FOR SMALL LEAFY QUILT
The 56” x 60” Small Quilt on the cover of the pattern was made using prints from my Adventure and Kitchen Window Wovens collections, Kona Solids, and Essex linen blends, all from Robert Kaufman Fabrics. This Fabric Guide can be used to duplicate my fabric placement exactly.
You can also refer to the fabric guide or Robert Kaufman’s site to select fabrics for a coordinating 24” x 24” pillow cover.