For our second day of Nel Whatmore’s designer challenge we welcome Rosanne from the UK to the blog.

Rosanne made 2 different blocks using Nel Whatmore fabrics

Rosanne says;

‘The sunburst is from the centre of the California Dreamin’ free design from Free Spirit  All I’ve done is substitute royal blue Klona  as the contrast colours for the prints to allow them to sparkle.  Once finished, the ray section has the centre fabric appliqued to it and then again appliqued to the ground.  The nice thing about this block that it is very versatile. In face I think it would be a fairly simple project to remake the quilt with this range plus a solid.  Also you could embellish this design, either with embroidery or beads or both.  As it is, there is a Swarovski bicone at the top of the points which really sparkle in the sunlight’.

‘The second is a Pyramid of Pinwheels.  This reminds me of those huge public displays on Bonfire Night where everything is overdone. More rockets, more Roman Candles, more ooh’s and aah’s.

Why Royal Blue instead of navy?  Because all of the navy blues I saw were too dull for this project. They were very flat in colour with no life to them.  I wanted a vibrant night sky to set off these beautiful fabrics.  I had in mind a colour of Gloriana Silk Thread I have called Velvet Night Sky—Velvet-Night-Sky-Gloriana-Silk-Floss__GLN-GOS023.aspx

Many thanks to Rosanne for her 2 beautiful blocks. You can visit Rosanne’s blog at

Nel Whatmore will be showcasing her latest fabric collection at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham this week from Thursday until Sunday on the Cotton Patch stand. Stop by and say hello if you are there! And visit Nel’s new website for more details on her work!