Fancy Forest by Elizabeth Hartman
Fancy Forest is a delightful sampler quilt featuring some of my most popular block designs, including Fancy Fox, Hazel Hedgehog, Bunny, Allie Owl (in a new smaller size), Thistle, and newcomer Frances Firefly. The 67″ x 91″ Large Quilt is perfect for a Twin bed or to use as a sofa/large lap quilt. The 35″ x 47″ Small Quilt makes a perfect baby quilt or wall hanging. All blocks are sewn with simple straight and diagonal seams. No templates or paper piecing!
ABOUT THE FABRIC
My quilt is made using fat quarters from my Pacific and Rhoda Ruth collections for Robert Kaufman Fabrics, as well as Kona cotton solid coordinates. The pattern includes a fabric chart with easy-to-follow letter and number codes to ensure that you can duplicate my fabric placement exactly or, if you’re using different fabric, distribute it evenly throughout the quilt.
When selecting colorful fat quarters for the Fancy Forest quilt, choose colorful fabrics in sets of 5 monochromatic fat quarters each. The quilt will be most successful if the fabrics in each set include a value scale from lightest (Fabric 1) to darkest (Fabric 5). A complete list of the colorful fabrics I used is included in the pattern. My background fabric is Robert Kaufman’s Essex yarn-dyed linen blend in Olive. My white and dark block detail fabrics are Kona Snow and Espresso.
Because of the wide variety of blocks and colors used in the quilts, you will not end up using the same amount of each fat quarter and, in some cases, will have fabric left over. If you prefer, you can easily substitute scraps or odd-sized fabric from your stash for the colorful fat quarters. The instructions for each of the block designs include a complete list of cut pieces for each block, so it’s easy to use scraps or make blocks for other projects.