Even after a lifetime of quilting, I am always amazed at how changing the colors of a quilt pattern can drastically alter the visual effect.
This morning, when curating Internet articles for my SunbonnetSmart Newsflash, I found a wonderful post by AnneMarie Chany, the genius behind the web site and blog, “Gen X Quilters.” The timing on the post couldn’t be better as, with a theme of, “chocolate,” who can complain? This is definitely the season for visions of sweets and sugarplums, and, even better, AnneMarie’s annual Chocolatier BOM, or Block of the Month, Quilt-A-Long beginning in January, 2017.
The Original Chocolatier BOM Quilt
Sharing an annual Chocolatier BOM Quilt seems to have become a tradition with AnneMarie. She has several variations displayed, the original that she made, herself, and two others by friend quilters. Because all three quilts are the same pattern, it is fun to see the differences in visual effect, just because the fabrics and colors have changed. In her Original Chocolatier BOM Quilt, above, AnneMarie used solid colors.
Dipped Strawberry Chocolatier BOM Quilt
Here is a variation, called “Dipped Strawberry,” made with the The Jinny Beyer Palette, using more traditional prints, so says Anne Marie. The interplay of the white, black and gray are striking and unusual, making for a great conversation piece. The name of Dipped Strawberry creates interest as it aptly describes the pinks, reds and browns providing an elegant, and satisfying, mental image.
Cherry Cordial Chocolatier BOM Quilt
The third variation, “Cherry Cordial,” is a favorite of mine, because the colors do remind me of my FAVORITE candy, Chocolate Covered Cherries! Malam Batiks in succulent reds, pinks and warm browns make me want to RUN to my favorite candy store. Oh! And, yes…hee-hee…I DO have one and here it is! I wish we could go together to the Candy Kitchen, in Frederick, MD. The sweet shop has been there since I was a kid and has been our “Go-To” candy store all those years. H-m-m-m, why am I going to the kitchen to raid the Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Baking Chips?
But, OOPS! Back to quilting…
AnneMarie is beginning her Block of the Month class on her Chocolatier pattern on January 1, 2017, which is coming soon. If you like this LeMoyne Star pattern base that makes up into a 72″ x 72″ square, signing up to join in might be lots of fun. AnneMarie structures her tutorials in a very user-friendly, detailed manner. Read her blog post giving lots of specs on her Chocolatier BOM course to see what I mean and see if it might be a good fit.
AnneMarie delights is sharing her methods and fabric lines, so that if you want your work to exactly mirror hers, you can. The fabric colors are listed and yardages given so you have a head start on getting things ready for class. Her teaching piece this year will be a Chocolatier in a rainbow color variation, which you can also mirror, if that’s what you’d like to make. LOTS of possibilities in this smaller project of six blocks!
Why not take on a brand new project for the New Year? This one has a nice history, and the bugs are worked out and long gone!
AnneMarie Chany is a well known quilter, author and teacher who enjoys sharing her patterns. AnneMarie’s book, Sister Sampler Quilts, encourages readers to design their own quilts using 25 interchangeable sister blocks and 3 sampler quilts that challenge traditional grid layouts with fun, innovative settings
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