This is part of a year-long series of posts about the quilts from Modern Patchwork. I'm highlighting a different quilt each month, and will be remaking each of the book quilts in some way. Right now, I'm working on a new version of Glam Garlands (pages 24 - 33 of Modern Patchwork).
Last week, I wrote about how I was planning to make a quilt using my Glam Garlands pattern, but integrating elements of Alissa Haight-Carlton's Drip Quilt from Modern Minimal. You can see my post about that, with photos of both of those quilts, here.
My first step was choosing a color scheme. I felt like I should avoid using same color scheme Alissa used in her quilt but, in the end, I couldn't resist. Teal, orange, and gray are just so good together!
The Glam Garlands pattern uses three colors groups, one each for the small, medium, and large blocks. In this case, I decided to use orange for the large blocks, teal for the medium blocks, and gray for the small ones.
As you can see, the regular Glam Garlands blocks include pieces of the negative space/background fabric. Because the mashup blocks don't include any of the negative space fabric, I'll need to add strips of it between the columns.
I don't want the additional sashing strips to widen the quilt by too much, so I've reduced the width of each of the blocks by 1/2", as follows. Note that these sizes include seam allowance.
Regular Glam Garlands Blocks:
- Small = 3-1/2" x 4"
- Medium = 4-1/2" x 5"
- Large= 5-1/2" x 6"
Glam Garlands/Drip Mashup Blocks:
- Small = 3" x 4"
- Medium = 4" x 5"
- Large = 5" x 6"
I'm still using the regular Glam Garlands layout, so I'm making the same number of blocks in each size indicated on Page 29 of Modern Patchwork.
You could easily combine these two ideas to make wonky tumbler-shaped patchwork blocks. If you do, use the regular block base dimensions to make your patchwork bases. Then, you can just follow the instructions on Page 29 for making the blocks. Easy!
I used a whole bunch of scraps for this! I had a good time improvising the layouts, but I did pay attention to whether the lines in each block were strongly vertical or horizontal. Having a good mix will give the finished quilt more movement and keep things looking balanced.