So while I'm putting the finishing touches on Carolina, I'm already thinking ahead to my next project. And this is it, Coastal Lily by Minick and Simpson. I know what you're thinking, "Thelma, another lily quilt?". Yes, another one! Even though I'm just finishing one lily quilt, I'm in the mood to start another one. For some reason I just can't get enough of these bloom blocks.
This pattern doesn't have a date on it but I don't think it's a new pattern. The fabric Minick and Simpson used for their Coastal Lily is Wiscassat, I think that fabric was released in 2007. The good news, the paper pattern is still available from Minick and Simpson, click here for more information.
So even though I'm doing back to back lily quilts, this lily quilt will have a totally different feel than Carolina. For one thing, one bloom block in Coastal Lily is 10 inches, that's a big bloom, 3 times bigger than the blooms in Carolina. I'm going to use fabric from my happy bins for Coastal Lily, and that fabric has more of a modern feel to it, but I think it will suit this pattern perfectly and also give it a different look.
I spent the better part of yesterday selecting my fabric, and even though it was a rainy day, just playing with that bright fabric made me happy.
I'm going with a different fabric for each bloom. For the leaves I'm going to use that stack of grays. For the geese I'm going to use those grays and add navy. The blossom berries will also be navy. A lot of the fabric is from Bonnie and Camille's newest released line Happy Go Lucky by Moda.
If you were thinking about doing a lily quilt, but were a little scared off of Carolina by my constant talk of those fussy points and seams, you may like this pattern better. First off, those bloom points float, you don't have to worry about cutting them off when piecing the blocks together. Also, the stems, ARE PIECED, not appliquéd, that's really appealing to me right now. And finally, no border to speak of, you really don't need any yardage for this pattern. I think any type of fabric would work for this pattern, I think this pattern would look good with totally scrappy traditional fabric, or any 3 Sisters, Minick and Simposn, Bonnie and Camille, Fig Tree, or even French General family of fabric. Really, any fabric you've got laying around your sewing room would work.
Maybe this is just the pattern you need to make your own lily quilt! Come on and join me, couldn't you use a few blooms in your life?