Saturday, May 9, 2009

What to do with Bright Swirl Fat Quarters

Margaret, from a quilt forum that I read, writes:
I'm in a quandary--I've recently bought a set of fat quarters that are the same swirl pattern in about 12 colors. and haven't the vaguest idea what to do with them. I just liked all the colors....Can anyone suggest a specific block or pattern that I can use without it looking like a mess when it's finished? the colors are your basic six--red,orange,yellow, green, blue, purple-- plus brown and a couple of extra shades of green & blue & pink. But it's all the same basic allover swirl pattern.

Thanks for any suggestions.


I used to create one possible pattern using black as a background fabric. I used a simple Double 9 Patch quilt block. Each block uses two contrasting bright swirls with the black for an overall striking effect.

You could replace the black with white. You would also use to try out other quilt blocks and approaches.

This quilt design is in the Quilt Gallery at You may copy and play with it for free.

Happy Quilting!