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Use Stonehenge Gradations Brights to add texture to your quilt


What a challenge to design with such bright and dreamy colors in the middle of a Northern Ontario winter! This quilt came out of my wish to see spring flowers – soon! I combined my wishing with the Amethyst colorway of Northcott’s Stonehenge Gradations Brights to create this end of winter/beginning of spring quilt.

The new colorways have 5 different fabrics in them so if purple isn’t your thing (or you love pink tulips!) you can easily switch out one Gradations Brights colorway for another. Hibiscus and Sunglow would also create flowers and stars with texture to cast a spring glow on your quilt.


Wish upon a star for spring quilt
Wish upon a star for spring quilt


Fabric Requirements

Quilt finishes at approximately 52″ x 68″

Fabric A – 2⅝ yard (39300-62) for background fabric
Fabric B – ½ yard (39301-85)
Fabric C – ⅜ yard (39300-85)
Fabric D – ½ yard (39300-84)
Fabric E – ½ yard (39303-84)
Fabric F – ½ yard (39302-85)
Fabric G – ½ yard (39302-72)
Fabric H – ⅜ yard (39303-71)

Fabric E – 4¼ yards (39300-84) for backing and binding

56″ x 72″ of batting


Close up of one large tulip
Close up of one large tulip


The Northcott Gradations Brights work well in this design because I don’t have to worry about the direction of my pieces – any way I put them together glows! Join me tomorrow as we start cutting the pieces to make the quilt.


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I love to play with color and *quilts* are my playground! A self-taught quilter, I've been designing quilts for almost 20 years. I'm inspired by happy fabrics, selvages, traditional blocks and nature. I'm also a wife, mother, and elementary school teacher, and enjoy drinking coffee on my front porch in northern Ontario.


  1. Shirleyann Graff

    I like the watercolor effect on the lovely spring colored fabrics.

    • Thanks for commenting, Shirelyann! These fabrics add so much to the quilt – beautiful texture to enjoy up close:)

  2. Kathy E.

    This close-up photo really shows off the Stonehenge fabrics! The mottled look gives the fabric a texture-like look and would look great in any quilt! I’m looking forward to adding some to my “collection”.

    • Yes Kathy, the fabrics are beautiful in person. Enjoy adding to your collection and making something beautiful with them!

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