The story of Groovy started with a request from my local guild, the Desert Quilters of Nevada, to design a quilt for their 2023 retro themed retreat. I debated for several weeks about how I wanted to highlight the style and colors of the 60's and 70's. My decision was made when I saw a photo of a plate of cookies on pinterest. The cookies were flowers, smiley faces, and peace signs, all done up for a retro themed party. I just had to make those cookies in quilt form. I mean, how can you not love a quilt that smiles back at you?
I'm going to tell you lots about this quilt including color options, layouts, construction, etc. If you're just looking for the coloring pages (which are free), skip to the end of this post for the link to download them.
I started my hunt for retro floral fabrics at Sew Yeah Quilting where I was thrilled to find the orange floral print "Marje Melon" from the Bee Vintage Collection by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs and the Cherrywood hand dyed solids to match. Then I went on a day trip to St. George, Utah with some quilty friends to shop hop and found the green floral print "Green Doodles" by Kimberbell for Maywood Studios. With that I was ready to make this quilt! Avocado green + burnt orange = RETRO! 😍
If you look closely at my finished quilt, you'll see that there's a second green floral (Sweet Baby Jane by Me and My Sister Designs for Moda) and a cherrywood green solid. I worked out the kinks in the flower block using the Kimberbell fabric and ran out! Thankfully, I had the other two fabrics in my stash so I could finish the quilt in time for the retreat!
When I got to cutting the fabric, I decided one orange solid was enough so I went with the lighter Cherrywood orange called Marigold and used it for the binding too. This was the first time I've wor