Quilting With Solids – Bloomin’ Quilt

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Blog, Quilts, Tutorials

Part 2 of my venture into the world of solids.

We had a bout of grey days here a few weeks ago and I’m one of those people who feels the lack of natural light down to my core. Needing a pick-me-up, I decided to create a quilted garden in my sewing room.

tamara kate - bloomin quilt

Like the Cobblestone quilt, I kept the shapes and layout simple and graphic so that I could really just play with, and highlight colour.

tamara kate - bloomin quilt detail

On a bed of white, I opted for a range of pinks, from cool to warm, light and soft to deep and rich and everything in between. Then I contrasted them with a range of greens. They are all luscious shades of Michael Miller Fabrics’ Cotton Couture line. The result just makes me happy.

tamara kate - bloomin quilt detail3

The quilting was achieved by tracing a large gradual arc with a stylus, then quilting with a walking foot. The Janome 8200 that I sew with has a gizmo attached to the walking foot that can be set to any width to echo quilting lines. I was thus able to create lines set 3/4″ apart with great ease and rapidity. I repeated this process in 4 or 5 spots to keep the eye busy and to create interesting shapes where the arcs intersected.

tamara kate - bloomin quilt detail2

When it came to binding, I was undecided as to which soft colour to choose so I randomly cut a number of colours and patched them together to create a little more happiness.

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There is a free tutorial for the Bloomin’ Quilt on the Michael Miller site here with a list of all the yummy shades I used.

Happy Quilting!


  1. Kitty
    February 19, 2015

    Love this happy Bloomin’ Quilt!! Thank you for the tutorial reference!

    • Tamara
      February 22, 2015

      So glad you like it Kitty!

  2. Josée Carrier
    February 24, 2015

    Again, such a lovely quilt. I really like how you played with colors.