Marcus Fabrics is pleased to introduce Cotton Club Block of the Month, Mary Ellen Robison and Paula Barnes, owners of Bonnie Blue Quilts, have designed a sampler style BOM quilt featuring 5-inch blocks.
Created around an antique border print from the mid 1800’s, along with antique coordinates in varying shades of red and brown. The rich red tones include shades of Madder and Turkey red, both commonly used in the 1800s. These are beautifully paired with brown, Bonnie Blue’s signature color, of which Paula Barnes says, “We’ve never met a brown we didn’t like and couldn’t use in a quilt!”
For the quilt’s 45 blocks, Barnes selected small, closely spaced motifs, noting that their scale would lend themselves to the 5-inch size, while shirtings were added to provide lights. The decorative border stripe is cleverly pieced in some of the blocks.
The designers borrowed common elements from original quilts of the period by employing a strip-set design, then went a step further by varying the width of the vertical pieced columns for added visual interest. Blocks are created during Months 1 through 11, and carefully grouped by technique or similarity in style. This allows quilters to focus on a particular quilting skill during that month. The quilt is then completed during Month 12.