Monday, July 12, 2010


On Thursday I will start teaching my pattern French Wrens in a couple of workshops. I wanted to show a few options. First, if you don't have a layer cake or your shop doesn't carry them you can very easily get a similar look. Have your shop cut you 10" strips (just an in. over a 1/4 yrd) of ten different fabrics. This will give you the same amount of fabric as a layer cake. It will also give you a good variety. Make sure at least 4 of the fabrics are suitable for backgrounds.
Here I am using Civil War Homefront from Barbara Brackman for Moda. The green on top is from Judy Rothermel. It gives the French Wrens a totaly different look from the original.

Sorry the picture is turned. Stupid blogger..

Below is a photo of my friend Nancy Graviett's version. She used a Beach House by Blackbird Designs layer cake. I think it is gorgeous.

It is so fun to see all the different versions out there. If you have made a verion of French Wrens send me a photo. I would love to see it.

Stay tuned for the finish on the Vicksburg BOM and the preview of the new BOM Mainland.



  1. Nancy's version is wonderful!

  2. Wow I like all three fabric selections, and Nancy, you did do a beautiful job! Thanks Dawn for sharing. Cyndi

  3. I haven't made that quilt, but I should. I really like it!

  4. Oh, both versions are so pretty.
    I better get to work on my last 2 blocks.
    A new BOM! great.

  5. It never ceases to amaze me how color and fabric design can make same-patterned quilts look so different! They are both wonderful! :)