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Sunday, May 6, 2012

American Gothic is Ready!!

I'm very proud to announce that another new spring pattern,  American Gothic, is all done.
I can't tell you what a great time we had making this quilt.  If you love scrap quilts and think
"the more fabrics ~ the better", this is the quilt for you!

American Gothic features a very old, traditional block called the Cross X block.  It has long been a favorite of mine and I've been anxious to use it in a pattern.  I love the simplicity of the block design, and how it allows for a fun mix of fabrics, which then makes for a very striking quilt!

The pattern uses either Fat Eighths or Fat Quarters to create the colorful mix of Cross X Blocks.  I set the blocks with a wonderful old "Prairie Dirty" black shirting from my Heart of the Prairie fabric collection, (Marcus Brothers Fabrics) to complete the vintage look!

While the quilt looks to be scrappy all over, there is a hidden color theme in the quilt.  Notice that in the diagonal rows (photo above), there's a row of green blocks, red blocks, and blue blocks.  The triangles denote the color of the block.  Just a little surprise to catch your attention as you take in the quilt.

 Here's a close-up of my black "Prairie Dirty" shirting.  Love, love, love how it softens the quilt and gives it that luscious vintage look!! The Cross X blocks can be pieced traditionally,
or paper pieced, if you prefer. 

As for the name....we're all familiar with the  American Gothic painting, featuring the man (with his pitchfork) and the woman standing in front of the house with the gothic window.  A bit of fun history reveals why the painter chose to feature an 1800's American couple living in a midwest prairie state as the subject of his painting.  My pattern tells you more details about whom the man and woman were, and where the painting was created!

Click here to order my American Gothic pattern and create an American classic of your very own!  

Thanks for stopping by to visit with me today!



  1. Love the fabric line, I think the quilt is adorable. The house is neat to see in person. I have great photos of me in front of it. Grant Wood was a wonderful painter. (IMHO)

  2. The quilt is so beautiful! Love the fabrics,the shirting used, and the quilting!

  3. Beautiful pattern, really like the design and the fabrics.


  4. I love your new pattern...scrappy is always good. I can see where this one would be fun to make...I will be looking for it:)

  5. Another awesome pattern. Scrappy is good, as it seems that during the night my scraps multiple. :-)