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Monday, April 23, 2018


It's time for the second stop on the Stash Statement blog tour, and this week, it's all about the Louvered quilt.

With its more rustic colors, this quilt gives a nod to my Louisiana roots.  Brick red, mossy green, robin's egg blue, tan, and antique gold are common colors in French Quarter decor, and I designed this pattern to mimic the way light shines though the shutters that grace almost every building in the Big Easy.

The French Quarter is nothing if not lush, so I thought this quilt needed a quilting motif to fit the mood, and the floral pattern works so well.  I used Aurifil 40 wt. #2920, Light Brass, and it's subtle, but it stands out just enough against the Kona Bone background.

On the backing, I used two French General fabrics.  I didn't get a close up of the red fabric, but the print is actually tiny fleur de lis, and this tan floral from the Le Marais collection is just a perfect fit for the design, and even includes all of the colors.

These colors and fabrics are a little more on the traditional side, but even so, the improv piecing still looks fun and fresh.  It's a technique that really works for any style of scrap fabric you happen to have on hand!

Lindsey at Primrose Cottage Quilts and Diann at Little Penguin Quilts are today's stops on the blog tour.  They each took the Louvered pattern and modified it to make a smaller project.  Since the projects in the book are all scrappy, that's SO easy to do!

Here's the entire blog tour lineup, and if you missed the kickoff last week, be sure to head over to check out the two awesome versions of the Grand Bazaar pattern (and enter the giveaway, which ends on Wednesday afternoon).

Stash Statement Blog Tour Schedule-

4/16- Grand Bazaar    Shelley @ Cora's Quilts
                                      Connie @ Freemotion by the River

                            Diann @ Little Penguin Quilts

4/30- Precarious  Jess @ Quilty Habit                       
                              Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts
5/7- Beach Retreat  Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts                               
                                  Liz @ Savor Every Stitch 
5/14- Fire Pit   Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts                                          
                         Preeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts
5/21- Detour    Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts                         
                         Shelley @ The Carpenter's Daughter Who Quilts
5/28- Murrina    Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl             
                            Leanne @ Devoted Quilter
6/4- Scattered    Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal                      
                           Christine @ Triangles and Squares 
6/11- Bloom Chicka Boom   Chris @ made by ChrissieD            
                                               Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
6/18- Regatta   Susan @ Quilt Fabrication                             
                          Debbie @ A Quilter's Table    
6/25- Catch a Falling Star  Cynthia @ Quilting is More Fun Than Housework        
                                              Anja @ Anja Quilts
7/2- College Prep   Hilary @ by Hilary Jordan                 
                                Lori @ Crossquilt
7/9- Take Flight (free bonus pattern)  Kelli @ Seriously, I Think It Needs Stitches 
                                                             Paula @ The Sassy Quilter

Signed copies of Stash Statement are available in my Etsy shop, and the book comes with the bonus Take Flight pattern.  You can also find it on Amazon, Shop Martingale, or ask your local quilt shop to carry it!


  1. It's gorgeous! I totally get that light through the louvres image - really like the use of the scrappy slabs for the coloured blocks too.

  2. Oh this is beautiful! I like to use scraps organized by color and this is a great way to show them off. I was in New Orleans recently and there is so much inspiration to be had there -- the colors, the architecture, the flowers, etc.

  3. I love your ideas about using scraps, I just never know what to do with them and they do pile up!! Thanks..

  4. I just visited Diann @ Little Penguin Quilts and love her placemats made using this pattern. Your "big" version of this pattern is stunning, especially the combo of modern front with traditional backing.

  5. I love that French General backing -- good way to use your scraps I use scraps all the time too

  6. What a pretty quilt, and the name is perfect! Great photos too!

  7. That is beautiful and would be great for those small bits in the scrap bins. All you need now is a bignette!

  8. Oh how awesome! I am loving the colors & how you put everything together

  9. Fun to see your photos of Louvered, and the backing, too! It's a beautiful quilt, Kelly!

  10. I love the colors! It's such an eye pleasing combination. French General is some of my favorite fabrics, so kudos to your backing.

  11. So pretty and I just love the quilting pattern too. It's fun to see what the other bloggers did with their versions.

  12. I know that this is only the second one from your book that's been featured, but it's my favorite so far!

  13. It`s just fantastic and the quilting caught my eye!!

  14. Another wonderful example of improv piecing --- I am sorting my scraps! :-)

  15. I really like this, and the story you told of the quilt and it's namesake is perfect.

  16. I enjoy this design, as much as the french quarter!!!


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