Monday, October 24, 2011

Lovely Lark.....

I couldn't wait to find a way to use the new Amy Butler fabric, Lark.  It recently arrived in the shoppe and my brain was in over-drive trying to blend the right quilt design with this fabric. 

At first I thought a pickle-dish quilt would allow me to showcase the beautiful red and white Souvenir.....

Lark PWAB068-Ivory Fabric by Amy Butler

And I still think this would be beautiful, but then the other fabrics from the collection would be used in small blades {maybe not showing off their full potential}
 I noticed that the inspiration for the collection was Maxime de la Falaise....who???

So I did a little reading.....

Maxime de la Falaise

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Maxime de la Falaise
Maxime de la Falaise (25 June 1922 – 30 April 2009)[1] was a 1950s fashionista, model,[2], and underground movie actress.[3] She is also remembered as a cookery writer and "food maven"[4] and, at least occasionally, as a clothing designer[5] and as an interior designer who decorated the homes of friends.[6]   

So now I have a time frame....the 1950's.  When I think of art and design from the 1950's, I think of angular forms and lines.  I think of mom performed with a local group of singers, dancers....real troubadours {heh,heh} in the 1950's.  This was before my time, but I do remember playing with some of her costumes and one had a harlequin pattern....real cool daddy-o!!!

My thoughts about this quilt and fabric then turned from the arcs of a pickle-dish to more angular or triangular designs....

And I have decided on this for the Lark Quilt....

The quilt will consist of LARGE pieced diamond shapes....

Each diamond consists of 32 equilateral triangles.....

I think this works well with these fabrics....

What do you think?

Happy Monday!


  1. I think YES!!! WooHoo!!! A fabulous pattern for lovely Lark and love it. I've had my delivery of Lark. My favourite print is that green lantern. Thanks for telling us about Maxime, she sounds like great fun!

  2. oh my gosh! Mary, it is practically perfect in every way. i LOVE her new line.

  3. Beautiful! I haven't seen it in person yet, but I'm so excited about it. Great job, Mary!

  4. beautiful! A great way to show of the fabric and a nod to the history :)

  5. I want to be Maxime when I grow up : ) Love your diamond design and thanks for the research...makes things so much more the fabric has new meaning to me!

  6. This is going to be stunning! (Not sure how I missed this earlier?) I am continually amazed at your skill and creativity!

  7. i love that you laid your thinking bare for us. it's fabulous! i can't wait to watch it grow!

  8. Yes of course it works Mary - are you showcasing that large print as an unpieced diamond or just sticking to the pieced ones?

  9. Great idea. Thanks for the background information too. It adds so much to the project.