I have been loving the 3-yard quilt books from Fabric Cafe. First I was borrowing them from a friend but I asked for (and got) the entire set for Christmas. I have since added the newest title, too. I haven't gotten any of their fat-quarter books though.
When I have more than one set of fabrics that are using the same pattern I do all of the cutting at once and piece the tops in tandem. That way I only have to figure out the pattern steps once!
These two quilts are from the pattern - Topiary - in the book Magic of 3-Yard Quilts.
This first is with three coordinating fabrics I picked up in Juneau Alaska. I liked the look of the florals all being done in beadwork.
The pink and blue background fabrics are standard print but the gold has a metallic shimmer to it.
The quilting pattern is a large feather pantograph called Maidenfern. I stitched in blue thread as the backing is blue and the top and bottom threads could match.
Here is a closer look at the fabrics.
And a closer look at the quilting pattern of interlocking swirls.
These quilts are called Beaded Topiary and Aloha Topiary.