Growing up, one of my favourite childhood films was the Disney classic, Mary Poppins. Even now, all these years later, I love, love, love it!! Yep, I’m a Mary Poppins fangirl and proud of it ;).
The magical world of Cherry Tree Lane tells a beautiful story, full of joy, hope and wonder. And let’s not forget the awesome song and dance routines…
When it comes to inspiration this film speaks to my heart on so many different wavelengths.
Some of you may remember this post from 2016 –
At the time I mentioned the possibility of a ‘Step In Time’ pattern as a follow us to my Cherry Tree Lane pattern (shown above). A few days later and I had a design sketched out on paper. My only hurdle then was finding the right colour palette to convey the inspirational scene.
In case you are wondering what I mean, here is a little cinematic refresher…
At first glance there isn’t a lot of colour in the scene – it’s night time, and the scene is devoted to soot covered Chimney Sweeps. But look again and ignore the night blues, and you will see rust, tan, peach, pink, yellow, a tinge of green, white and lots of charcoal.
Much to my surprise and excitement I found many of these colours in the perfectly curated Fig Tree & Co. Bella Solids Bundle.
For a moment I played with the idea of keeping the background in the block dark, but then I came to my senses and remembered inspiration doesn’t have to be so literal, and instead I decided to lighten the background with low volume prints and allow the solid colours to be the design statement. And I am so glad I did because the quilt has a vibrancy about it that makes me smile.
And as for the actual design – an interpretation of the classic Jacob’s Ladder block seemed to be a perfect representation of Chimney Sweeps dancing on the rooftops of London.
Are you a Mary Poppins fan?
Are you as excited as me for the new movie being released in December!?!?!
Would you like to see more Mary Poppins inspired quilts in the future?
Or maybe a Mary Poppins fangirl swap??
Let me know, and I will see where inspiration takes me this time ;).
The Step In Time Quilt Pattern…
can be found in the pages of the newly released Fat Quarter Favorites compiled by Karen Burns for Martingale.
Hope you are having a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious day :)!!
Lisa LeBlanc says
I LOVE this Step in Time quilt, and am also a fan of Mary Poppins. 🙂 Will this pattern be available as a stand alone, as I really think I would only make a couple of the patterns in the book, and this is number one?!
Hi Lisa – thanks so much. The pattern won’t be available as a stand alone until 2019. If you love a couple of the patterns then the price of the book is in my opinion worth the investment – that is one of the great things about a compilation book :). xx
What a clever name for the quilt, as well as a thoughtful process, using the blocks to mimic the chimney sweeps! Love it. Now I want to watch Mary Poppins again! The quilt is just lovely. The fabrics are so pretty – Fig Tree fabrics never disappoint!
Angela Coleman says
I love love love Mary Poppins. In my top 3 favorite movies ever! I love this new quilt just as much 💗
I’m a huge fan of Mary Poppins, it’s one of those great movies that I saw as a kid and can still remember the excitement and awe I felt as a child. I’m hoping the new one is fantastic but secretly, I’m not sure it could ever live up to the original. Your quilt is gorgeous, I might need to start collecting some low volume prints – as if I need an excuse to buy more fabric. I would love to see more Mary Poppins inspired Quilts – that scene in the park with the chalk drawings and all the singing and dancing is one of my favourites.
I love that film! And I love your quilt <3 The Step in Time scene was my boys favourite and the only time they were allowed to jump on the furniture and any visitors were encouraged to join in – dancing that is, not jumping on the furniture – so this quilt has such resonance for us…I’m going to have to buy that book!!! xx
Ann Sands says
Love the pattern! Would love to see more MP inspired quilts! My teen daughter is working right now as a mentor on a production of Mary Poppins through our local Childrens Community Penguin Project (provides theatrical opportunities to artists aged 10-22 with special needs and allows them to step to center stage and shine in Broadway-style musical productions). Production plays in September and I might have to make a couple quilts for my daughter and her artist. Thank you for the inspiration!