Summer Blog Tour - Quilted Living

Welcome to Day 5 of the Quilted Living Summer Blog Tour brought to you by the Fat Quarter Shop!

Have you been following along and checking out how the other bloggers have made one of their favorite designs from my book, Quilted Living, their own?

Here's a quick highlight of the week so far:

Jennifer from neverjustjennifer.blogspot.com kicked us off with a bang by creating not 1 but 2 FREEDOM quilts.  Check out her blog post to see who the lucky recipients are!

Chelsea from patchthegiraffe.blogspot.com zeroed in on X-ceptional and truly made it a stand out.  Read about the assortment of fabrics she used to create her own quilt.

I LOVE the reason why Melissa chose Streamers for her design.  She writes about it in her blog happyquiltingmelissa.com.   

That brings us to Day 5:

Planted Seed Designs - that's me!

Since I designed and made all the quilts in the Quilted Living book, I wanted to shake things up a bit and play around with different fabrics and fabric placement to see how such a simple adjustment can change the looks of the design. 

Basketweave, as it appears in the Quilted Living book, on a white background with fun, clean, clear bright prints for the blocks.

I took a very different approach and switched it up a bit by making each background block a different neutral print with a textured cream print for the blocks (fabric - the Steel Collection available NOW at the fatquartershop.com)

Isn't it amazing what a simple change in focus can do to a design?  Do you love the original or the alternate better?  I'd love to hear your comments.

X-ceptional in its original colors and layout (above).

X-ceptional tweaked and dressed up a bit!

Just like Basketweave, I reversed the focus of the background and block prints, REMOVED the sashing strips and sashing stones and added a mitered outer border (fabric - Classic Elegance COMING SOON (Sept/Oct) to the fatquartershop.com).

I love how a second and third design element emerges simply by removing the sashing strips and sashing stones; can you see them?

Well, what do you think?  I'd love to hear your comments on this one as well.

The tour isn't done just yet, please stop by:

Paula of The Sassy Quilter
and
Jane of Quilt Jane

to see what they've done with their favorite design from the Quilted Living book!=

WAIT!! The most important stop is at the Fat Quarter Shop to register to win an amazing prize.  I hear 2 lucky winners will be rewarded!

Make sure you read carefully what and where you need to go to enter to win! fatquartershop.com.

Good Luck!

Gerri