Hello Quilty Friends! Sarah here for another sew along, and this one is a favorite of mine! Maypole quilt is a Suzy Quilts classic and for good reason. It is super modern and super fast, making it a go-to for so many quilters.
Part I of this two-part sew along is all about fabric. While I love the process if choosing fabric for a quilt, sometimes I get a mental block because there are just so many choices out there! Using this simple trick, I will show you how to narrow down your choices using a cohesive color palette.
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I live in a wooded area outside of St. Louis and find ample amounts of color inspiration just walking around outside. I also love visiting the Florida beaches with my family. The blues of the ocean, white sand beaches, and even brightly color swimsuits and towels speckling the shore inspire me in exciting ways. I like to snap photos of any color palette that sparks my creativity for future use later.
When I don't have a personal photo on hand, I also find lots of inspiration online. Sites like Pinterest are unlimited resources of colorful images. Check out my fabric selection for the sew along, along side the images that inspired them.
For this blue Maypole, I went with a gradient of color but included a print and a woven fabric to provide more visual and tactile interest. The blue Maypole kit is available here.
For this lavender Maypole, I wanted to throw in an accent color to compliment the gradient of lavender and pink and peach. The warmth of the terracotta was the perfect choice, mirrored in the image of the sunset. Again, I used a combination of woven and quilting cotton.
The lavender Maypole kit is available here.
For tips on sewing a Maypole quilt with woven fabric, come back for Part II.
With the layout of Maypole, I love using a blend of similar colors and sometimes add in a complimentary one, too. I chose images that was drawn to because the colors just made me happy. Then I grabbed my Art Gallery Fabrics color card, and with a little trial and error, I picked fabrics based on the images.
I put together the following mock-ups using Art Gallery Fabrics, and the colors for each mock-up are listed. The throw size Maypole quilt has fabric requirements in the perfect amount for ordering from an online shop.
In Part II we'll go over tips that'll make sewing your Maypole a breeze!
Both quilts pictured were quilted by Lilo of Trace Creek Quilting.