Welcome back to another Friday Flashback, taking a look back at some of my favourite classic collections.
This week we are looking back at the Dianne Johnston Violets & More Collection
This is the second collection that I have created based on the amazing designs of Dianne Johnston.
I began this collection at the instigation of my wonderful mother, who had always loved this quilt (no Mum, you are still not getting this one, do your own). Mum had just been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, and was feeling down, and I loved sharing the experience of working on this quilt with her, and sharing with her how it was going.
For the Floral Windows Quilt, I had very much stuck to the original Dianne Johnston format, having all of the flowers in Applique. With this second project, I had a little more confidence in working with Dianne’s beautiful designs, and choose to focus the applique on only the main flower, whilst keeping the secondary flowers and elements in a gorgeous satin stitch design.
Probably my favourite block of this magnificent quilt would be the Frangipani (or Plumeria) block. Mum flowers for her wedding included Frangipani, and it has always been one of my favourites.
The Violets & More collection is made up of 13 different blocks, each having a main focal flower, surrounded by additional violets and greenery. As well as the 13 main blocks, there are 12 half and quarter blocks to make up the design into a quilt.
Some of the issues that I faced when I created the Violets & More collection was in creating the templates. I needed a template for the entire 12.5” block. Whilst I found a software programme which would allow me to do this, all printers behave differently, and we had to give strict instructions to print the template at 100% with no scaling, allowing for different paper sizes from around the world.
The next issue that I had was in finding gorgeous hand dyed fabrics that would work well with the designs. Thankfully I had a great stash of hand dyed fabrics from working with the Floral Windows Quilt.
Whilst it has been out in the market now for more than 10 years, Violets & More Quilt Collection is one of those designs that people still ooh and ahh about. One of the most common questions I get is can I re-jig it for the larger hoops. This is a difficult one for me (as it would be for any designer), as despite what people think, it is not that easy – it would actually mean re-designing the entire quilt from scratch.
Initially we gave one of these magnificent Violets & More Floral designs as the free design (still available HERE). As a thank you to all of our loyal customers, for the next week we are offering a set of 14 different auxiliary designs, created to work with this gorgeous medallion quilt, from this collection, as a free download. Simply click HERE to collect your copy, and keep an eye out on Monday for the instructions for this magnificent lap rug.
Thank you for taking this trip down memory lane with me, I hope you have enjoyed looking at this collection, and that it has inspired you to stitch for a loved one.
Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie.