Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Pansies in Paradise



This beautiful quilt was made by Eileen.  It was a whole lot of piecing, but I think it was worth it.  I certainly enjoyed quilting it. 


This is the original quilt kit that Eileen fell in love with.  The pattern is called Pansies in Paradise.  It was a lap size quilt and was available as a kit.  When Eileen was here visiting we got talking about making it for her queen size bed and how that would change the look of the quilt.  I used my EQ7 software to draw up the layout to help visualize things. This original pattern used 12” blocks.  When we put the 12” blocks into the larger quilt, some of the original feeling was lost as it got quite busy.  I suggested to Eileen that she consider scaling everything up and using 15” blocks.  The result has more of the feeling of the original and it would require less sewing!  (30 blocks as opposed to 63!!!) Eileen bought 3 kits, but really only needed 2 1/2 to create the queen size version.

eileen 12  inchelieen 15 inch


I think she made the right choice!  The quilt has some breathing room, and you can appreciate all of the pansy fabrics that she was drawn to originally.


DSCN7277Eileen is one of my clients who doesn’t care for a lot of feathers.  She did agree to this style to highlight the cream frames.  Everything in moderation!


The rest of the quilting in the body of the quilt was continuous curves, curls and loops and a few straight lines.  We decided that stitching in the ditch was not required in the majority of the quilt.  I only used two thread colors for the entre quilt.  Cream in the frames and one shade of purple everywhere else.


The two border fabrics did a good job of hiding what I quilted.  At least you can check it out on the back.



  1. Going larger on the block was perfect! Beautiful quilt and quilting.

  2. Love the look of the larger block on the queen. You have a great eye for these things Lori.

  3. Larger block worked great, pretty quilt.

  4. This is beautiful Lori - kudos to you both!

  5. Does anyone know where I can get this pattern. A friend lost the kit in a fire, I had the same kit and gave it to her, but the pattern is missing.

    1. Hi Konnie, You are sent up as a -no-reply blogger. My client has three kits to make her quilt, so I believe she has an extra pattern she could share. Please let me know your email address and hopefully I can help.


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    1. Do you know where I can get this pattern?

  7. I have the pattern for the lap size but would like to make larger 15" blocks. Are the cutting measurements available for that anywhere?