Make ‘em Green With Envy: How to Use Green Fabrics for Quilting

Posted by on Mar 1, 2014 in Quilting |


Every March, the grass starts grow, trees begin to bud with tiny leaves, spring perennials start to make their appearance and St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. All these changes make this month the perfect time to brighten up your collection with green fabrics for quilting!

Green Quilting Fabric Uses - Craftsy.comPhoto via Stitch & Slash with  Carol Ann Waugh

Get inspired with these uses for your green quilting fabric!

Unless you’ve been busy storing fabrics all winter, you may need to pick up a few extra Fat Quarters or some yardage looking to get that vibrant pop of spring color you’re looking for. Once you’ve chosen some of your favorite emerald, olive and lime prints, you can start exploring challenging and fun new projects like these that highlight your green quilting fabric!

Green Basketweave Quilt - CraftsyPhoto via Craftsy member curlywhirlie

Green basketweave quilt

Turn your solid green quilting fabrics into an improv-pieced quilt and take cues from this delightful Green Basketweave Quilt by Craftsy member curlywhirlie. Made from 16 blocks of different sizes and shapes, this projected was created using her Improvisational Basketweave Quilt Pattern. To get this look, you can pair deep green fabrics with lighter and medium tones, framed by clean white sashing.

Shamrocks St.Patrick's Day Quilt, Pattern on Craftsy.com Photo via Craftsy member Quilts by Elena

ShamRocking St. Patrick’s Day pattern

If you prefer a more traditional Irish quilt, the Shamrocks St. Patrick’s Day Quilt Pattern is another option to utilize your stash of green quilting fabrics. Light, medium and dark green prints paired with gold sashing will be your lucky charms as you whip up this fusible raw-edge appliqué wall hanging. You can also substitute the shamrocks for flowers to make a spring-themed mini quilt.

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Black White and Green All Over Bag Photo via Craftsy member Kamloops Kim

Beautiful black, white and green quilted tote

What’s black, white and green all over? The answer to this riddle could be many things, but our favorite is the Black White & Green All Over Bag! This quilted tote bag is Kim’s class project, made in Tara Rebman’s Craftsy course Quilt-As-You-Go Patchwork Bags When pairing white and black quilting fabrics with greens, try to choose brighter shades, like the spring green pictured, for the ultimate contrast.

Quilted Shamrock CoastersPhoto via Craftsy member artbythebay

Pub-worthy Irish coasters

Celebrate your Irish roots (or your appreciation for green beer) with these machine-embroidered St. Patrick’s Mug Rugs. Emerald and celery green colored quilting fabrics pair well with bright white details. Small projects are the perfect place to experiment with new methods of binding. These beauties were shared as a course project in Finishing School: Edges & Bindings, taught by Mimi Dietrich.

For more inspiration, check out our favorite FREE quilted mug rug patterns.

St. Patrick's Day Quilt on Craftsy.com Photo via Craftsy member babsnjas

Beautiful wild green clover quilt

The Wild Clover Quilt is designed with gorgeous green fabrics in mind, but you can always substitute your favorite spring colors. The pale gold background and green clover-shaped blocks are a subtle reminder of St. Patrick’s Day. Nevertheless, this bedspread can still be used year round. The pattern is quick to piece and is ideal for beginners looking to learn on point quilting.

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Need some help finding the perfect fabric? How about these Mirror Ball Dot 1 yard cuts in Limeade, this Fossil Fern fabric in Spinach or Kona Cotton Solid 4 yard cuts in Tarragon. Or, are you looking for even more ideas? Here’s some of my other favorite green quilts to get you thinking spring!

We’d love to hear about your St. Patrick’s Day traditions, if you have any, in the comments!