Hi, I’m Cindy from Live a Colorful Life and I’m thrilled to be here to share one of my new favorite quilts, Delta Breeze, using Soho Limited Edition Enchanted Plume!
There are only two blocks, each based on the classic Bear Paw block. They are simple to make, and the solids give them visual “pop.” Twisting and turning the blocks in different directions will give you lots of design options.
I started out with a limited edition fat quarter stack of Soho Enchanted Plume. I added the following neutrals from the regular Soho Solids line: 1 1/2 yards each of Fog, Milk, and Linen, and 1 yard of Dove. Dove was a bit more blue-gray so it became part of the backing.
Top row, L to R: Velvet, Sailor, Petunia, Wave, Capri
Bottom row, L to R: Jade, Scuba, Island, Vine, Honey
Neutrals, top to bottom: Fog, Milk, Linen, Dove
The quilt is 48″ x 48″, and each block is 8″ x 8″ finished. The extra neutral yardage gave me enough for both the backing and the binding. If you would rather not piece the backing, then you will need neutrals totaling approximately 2 yards for the blocks, 3 yards for the backing, and 1/3 yard for the binding.
In addition, you will need the following:
Rotary cutter, quilting ruler, mat, pins, neutral thread
Batting: 54″ x 54″
Note: Spray starch (or a starch alternative) onto the back of your fabrics before you cut to help stabilize the bias edge of the half square triangles.
For this quilt, I made 27 of Block A and 9 of Block B, but it would certainly be easy to make more or less of either one, as long as you have a total of 36 blocks.
For each Block A, cut the following:
I like to cut the squares for the half-square triangles (HSTs) just a bit larger so I can trim them for accuracy. When you have sewn the HSTs together, trim them to 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″. Then construct Block A like this:
Block B is very similar. For each block, cut the following:
Make the bear paw unit, trimming your HST units to 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″, and then construct the rest of the block like this:
For each Block A and Block B, I made a variety of color combinations, mostly two colors with a neutral, and several with one color and a neutral, and even a few with neutrals only.
Arrange the blocks into 6 rows of 6 blocks each, twisting and turning the blocks until you find an arrangement that makes you happy. Sew the blocks into rows. Sew the rows together.
For the backing, I pieced together the leftover neutral yardage (Milk, Dove, and Fog, plus my first practice block) and then used the remaining Linen for the binding.
Make the quilt sandwich by placing the backing wrong side up, followed by the batting, and then the quilt top, right side up. Baste and quilt as desired.
I opted to have the quilting done by someone else. To complement the sharp points, my machine quilter, Darby Myers of Quilted Squid
, chose a curvy Baptist Fan design.
I hope you enjoy making your own version of Delta Breeze!
Soho Limited edition collections are designed to coordinate with a special print collection from the same season, so be sure to check out the Enchanted Plume
and new Paris Rendezvous
print collections as well, and mix-and-match prints with solids to your hearts desire!