From the Vault: Fresh Laundry + Figs & Shirtings

Happy Thursday and welcome to another edition of From the Vault! In this blog series, I’m digging deep into my vault of patterns to find oldies but goodies to update with more recent fabric collections of mine.

Today, I’m bringing out Fresh Laundry. I love the vintage look of this quilt, especially when sewn up in soft colors. The original version was made with Fig & Plum, an early collection of mine that featured a softer color palette of dusty mauve, persimmon, stone, pear, and pond.

(The pattern also featured a second colorway using just the pond, pear, and cream prints for a soft and sweet wintry version.)

Later, we did a two-color red and white version for the Red & White Charity Quilt Show.

And a few years ago, Fresh Laundry was the featured pattern for my annual Vintage Halloween limited edition kit.

OK, so I guess I keep coming back to this pattern! Clearly it is a classic that stands the test of time. But I figured it was due for another refresh—only this time, in a brighter and more colorful palette, using Figs & Shirtings!

What a difference the color palette makes, right? Figs & Shirtings has cheerful vintage colors and prints that really shine in this updated version of Fresh Laundry.

I can just imagine this quilt hanging on a clothesline in the sun!

As you know, I love seasonal quilts as much as scrappy colorful quilts…and since I already knew that Fresh Laundry looks great as a Figgy Halloween quilt, I had to see how it would look as a Figgy patriotic quilt too!

I pulled out the red and blue prints from Catalina for this cheerful patriotic version. Catalina has a great range of blues, from deep royal to soft seaglass, and I wanted to put them all together for this one.

I can’t decide which version I love more…so I will probably have to make both!

Giving Fresh Laundry these new colorways reminds me just how versatile this pattern is. I hope you’re inspired to make your own version of this classic pattern!

You can find the PDF version of Fresh Laundry HERE and the paper version HERE.

 Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I’ll be back next time with a new take on another pattern from the Fig Tree vault.

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  1. Sharon Bennett | 25th Mar 21

    These look awesome in both new colorways! I thought I liked the Figs & Shirtings version a lot…. but then the patriotic one brought fireworks on a summer night to mind…. hmmmm… I can’t decide which one to make now either? lol!

    • | 25th Mar 21

      The choice is hard!! 🙂

  2. Deb Belcourt | 28th Mar 21

    Hi Joanna,
    I’m looking for backing for my Red & Cream BOM, I did’t see anything in your shop. I appreciate your assistance.
    Thank you very much. Have a great week.
    Deb Belcourt

    • | 28th Mar 21

      All we have is in the shop right now. Thanks,

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  4. MaryJane Lehto-Minnick | 15th Apr 21

    I see how I want to use the rest of my Catalina! I hope I have enough of the all those great blues 😀
    Thank you for the creativity and revisiting of older patterns with current fabric lines! Keeps my head buzzing, lol!

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