September 2020

BEHIND THE DESIGN: the art of quilt making, featuring the Marianne Quilt

For a little behind-the-design inspiration, we spoke with Vanessa from our Home Design team to discuss what makes the Marianne Quilt and our quilt collection so special. From pattern inspiration to updating the colors and layout, this is what Vanessa told us about her creative design process:

The Marianne Quilt is based on a vintage Economy-Block patchwork pattern. This traditional quilting motif is named economy, because the various-sized printed blocks help minimize fabric waste — almost every piece is able to be used in the design.

Ours is an updated take on this traditional design. We added solid white borders around the smaller blocks to make this quilt look more open and modern. This approach to the layout helps to keep the rich colors and dense prints feel not so heavy when incorporated into the design. 

The patterns we used in this quilt were specially selected from our archives of vintage prints and artwork. Below, you can see how the prints and patterns evolved through the design process. We played with color, scale, and composition to bring harmony to the design.

We recolored the original artwork to give this quilt a look that’s distinctively ours. The color palette was chosen to help this pieced quilt sit beautifully with the rest of our home collection. It’s a thoughtful mix of Auburn, Ochre, Sage Green, and Navy — designed to effortlessly coordinate with many of our other bedding collections, like our Relaxed Linen, Wrinkle-Resistant Sateen, and Embroidered Percale, Signature Flannel, and more. 

We love the way the design is placed diagonally. This layout adds further interest and gives a sense of movement to the design. Like most of the quilts in our collection, the quilted texture is stitched by hand. This design is finished with floral binding, mitered corners, and backed in solid white for a finished looked. A lot of thought goes into every detail. Take the closure on the back of the quilted sham for instance; it’s finished with fabric-covered buttons, a nice touch that is rarely seen — we love that!

What quilts and bedding styles are you eyeing this season? How would you put it all together to create a beautiful bed and bedroom together? Show us how you like to make your bed by taking a photo and tagging it with #garnethill on social media. For more inspiration, explore our latest collection of bedding and accents for the home.

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