Today begins our Gypsy Romance Series: seven bright, bohemian projects created from Pillow & Maxfield's wonderful Gypsy Bandana fabric collection. We swirl out of the gates wrapped in a lush patchwork throw with pom pom embellishments and velvet accents. The generous 56" x 56" square features nine different fabrics arranged in an explosion of intoxicating color and pattern. Those horizontal strips are actually topstitched in place over the panel seams... so don't be scared off thinking you'll have to do teeny, accurate piecing. In signature S4H style, we make it easy to create a dynamic finished product.
This cuddly plush throw is framed with patchwork and pom poms. Even if you've never tried the quilting technique of patchwork, you can totally make this project. The fun part is picking all the squares – 72 of them in this case. It's like coloring with fabric; you mix and match, combining colors and patterns from square to square. The Heather Bailey Pop Garden & Bijoux fabrics we used create a vibrant and playful border, but you could shuffle your choices to be more subdued or even more zany. You know what I did once? I cut out my squares, then tossed them all up in the air, and picked them up in random groups. I stitched the groups together exactly as I'd found them. Kind of the '52 Card Pickup' of sewing.