About six years ago I began teaching how I make my floral quilts. At the time I decided to teach the class in such a way that students would learn about value and would have to make their own fabric choices (with some guidance of course). They were provided with a pattern that included the outline of the flower and all it's parts, with letters and numbers indicating the part, as well as a photograph of the original flower to make their fabric decisions from. Many students turned out fabulous works and surprised themselves by being successful with this project. A few were frustrated at not having a pattern that told them where the appropriate value and colour should be placed. My patterns were used exclusively in the classroom and were only available to students in conjunction with instruction.
When I started publishing patterns last year, I knew I would have to publish them for a diverse group of quilters, many of whom would want the pattern designer (me) to tell them exactly where each fabric should be located. I published the Sunkissed Poppy pattern (second photo below), and the result was that some students in the class were working from a new pattern that told them where to place their fabric, and some took on the challenge of making those decisions themselves.
The bottom line is that I have three designs available at the moment for workshops where you would like all the information, where the challenge of choosing values and colours is less pronounced. They are as follows:
(requires 6 values of pink, 6 values of green, and yellow for the flower centre)
(requires 11 values from soft yellow, to stronger yellow, to orange and peach, through several values of scarlett and into a burgundy and purple/burgundy). There is even a colour chart on the back of the pattern, which makes me fear that students will want to have EXACTLY the fabrics I have. The truth is that this poppy will turn out just fine with eleven values from lightest light to darkest dark, plus a colour for the background, and central portion of the poppy, and a tiny bit of green in the centre.
Don't believe me? Well here is the proof. I chose 11 values of blue, from the very lightest all the way to the deepest navy, and followed the pattern. Added an orange and chartreuse in the centre, and voila! So here is another colour option for this pattern.
Below are the four patterns I used when I taught the class in such a way that students made all fabric choices for themselves. Of course they had my quilts there to help with their choices, along with the photograph of the flower.
Queen of the Night