Peace, Love and Understanding

(I couldn’t resist, I’m a bit of an Elvis fanatic).

It’s my day to share my version of Rene’s Peace Quilt Pattern!

Peace Quilt Pattern Cover

Rene is one of my Grubers Retreat buddies, she lives in Florida, and spends time in the Montana mountains, where I suspect she travels to just to get awesome quilt photo backdrops.  Seriously, though, she is a genuine and generous friend ~ and as it turns out, a pretty good pattern writer!

Rene showed her first Peace Sign quilt in April 2010 when she revealed the finish of Feeling Groovy:

Feeling Groovy Peace Sign Quilt

I love how the purple background fabric sets off the spectrum of pinwheel colors!

The pattern is written for three sizes, with the pinwheel blocks adding another design option.  I made the Baby size (30″ x 30″) and decided to make my background the stand-out fabric (“Peace Flowers” by Michael Miller), which in turn, makes the aqua blue Kona Cotton peace sign POP!  (sorry, we still have Winter grey skies in Iowa, so these are the best photos I could get with my Ott-Lite straining to provide some “sun light”).

Peace Quilt 1

I added two borders, the first one a 2 1/2″ border of the background fabric, and a border of aqua blue.  The verse is a Walt Whitman quote, I was inspired to add it after seeing this:

peace is beautiful

from here.

Eventually, I think this quilt top needs some utility quilting, perle cotton style; and I know a girl who would love this, so I may add some blocks and make it into a twin size quilt.  Stay tuned, it remains to be seen.

PeaceFlower

PeaceQuilt3

The pattern is laid out in vertical strips, and provides very clear, easy-to-follow diagrams for piecing it together.  I cut it out and pieced it together in one day.

Rene has generously offered to give a PDF copy of the Peace Quilt Pattern to one of you lovely readers!  Just leave me a comment before Friday, February 1st ~ if you were to make a Peace Sign Quilt, what fabrics or colors would you use?

UPDATE:  The winner of the pattern is comment #3, MarthaB!  

Don’t forget to visit the other blogs celebrating this Pattern Party:

Monday, January 21 –  Katie at KT Quilts
Tuesday, January 22 – Michele at  Nostalgic Cafe
Wednesday, January 23 – Cindy at  Live a Colorful Life
Thursday, January 24 – Michelle at  Frustrated Quilter
Friday, January 25 – Stephanie at Peas in a Pod
Monday, January 28 – Terri at Terri’s Notebook
Today – Me–here at Made by a Brunnette
Wednesday, January 30 – Mary at Mary on Lake Pulaski
Thursday, January 31 – Shelly at Prairie Moon Quilts
Friday, February 1 – Visit Rene’ at Rene’ Creates (http://www.renecreates.com for a give away!
*one more note: All of the fabrics came from my stash and scrap basket:
Stash Stats year-to-date:
Acquired — .75 yards
Used — 8.49 yards
-7.74 yards
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19 thoughts on “Peace, Love and Understanding

  1. Love your quilt! I would have to make it rainbow colored for sure, with lots of different modern fabrics, like pearl bracelets, Tula pink, Denise Schmidt, etc.

  2. Doris, how clever to make the background the “fun” fabric and the little squares to be the solid. I love it! And your added border with applique is really fun. I can totally see the relation to your inspiration piece. Very cool. I think your idea of adding more rows/borders to make a twin is a great idea. Can’t wait to see where you go with it!

  3. Doris, how clever to reverse the color palettes. The flower fabric is an unexpected background for the peace symbol. It is a keeper! The Walt Whitman quote is a sweet addition.

  4. I love everyone’s Peace Quilts!!!! How awesome to see you all do it! Beautiful choice and awesome quote. WAY TO GO ON the fabric destashing! :-)

  5. Doris, you rocked the peace design! Love the reversal of prints and solids to form the peace sign. The artwork with Walt Whitman’s quote looks identical to your fabric, and to think you already had that in your stash! I love how you really made this quilt yours. Beautiful!!!

  6. Wow! Another amazingly beautiful version of Peace quilt!!! For me, I would like to try rainbow colors but have no idea what fabrics I want to use exactly. Thanks for the giveaway.

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