It's Sew Emma Spotlight: Debonaire - The Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog

It’s Sew Emma Spotlight: Debonaire

hi again jolly jabbers. rachel here from ps i quilt.

if y’all are like me, then you love stars.
i think that stars seem to fit well in both traditional & modern quilting.

take debonaire, for example.
at first glance, one would quickly assume that it’s a very traditional quilt.

but if you just tweak your fabric choices . . .
you’ve got yourselves a very modern quilt.

i love it when designs/patterns can pull off a double life, don’t y’all???

let’s have a little fun, shall we?!?!
we’re going to give FIVE lucky peeps a debonaire pattern of their own.
to enter, go look at fat quarter shop’s coming soon page.
pick two fabric lines, one traditional and one modern.
then come back here and leave a comment through rafflecopter telling us which lines you’d like your debonaire quilts to be.

i’ll go first . . .
traditional: seaside by october afternoon
modern: flea market fancy by denyse schmidt

i’m excited to see all the different combinations y’all come up with.

rachel griffith

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Shop owners, Debonaire can be found at United Notions and Checkers as ISE-111.

Oh ya, one last thing. Don’t forget to check out Sew4Home’s blog for a chance to win a pack of five It’s Sew Emma patterns!


  1. Traditional: Aunt Grace Keepsakes
    Modern: Freedom Star

    To be honest, I don't have a clue to what fabrics make a quilt modern or traditional. I just go with what I like! And, I like BOTH quilts that were demonstrated. πŸ™‚

  2. I love Twighlight Batiks by Hoffman and also Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille for Moda! Lovely as well as the pattern!

  3. I love the star patterns… This is a beautiful quilt pattern! πŸ™‚

    I would pick Lansdowne Road by Robyn Pandolph. Gorgeous depth to the colors and patterns!

    For a modern twist, I would go with Hello Pilgrim by Lizzy House. The colors and designs are so bright and fun!

  4. Traditional – Christmas Spirit
    Modern – A Walk in the Woods

    Wonderful pattern! I'm a bit biased as I love stars!!

  5. I love that pattern! It's fun to think about two different approaches.

    My picks:

    Traditional: Friendship by Howard Marcus

    Modern: A walk in the woods by Aneela Hoy.

  6. I don't think I did the rafflecopter thing right…

    Modern: Lucy's Crab Shack by Sweetwater
    Traditional: Gumdrop Tonga Batiks (although I had a hard time picking this one!)

    Thanks for the chance!

  7. Traditional choice would by Autumn Moon by Faye Burgos. Modern choice would by Apple of my Eye by The Quilted Fish. I didn't see a place to click on rafflecopter.

  8. For the traditional version, I'd pick Vintage Modern by Bonnie and Camille. For the Modern version, I'd choose Abigail by BJ Lantz. Thank you for the chance to win. Take care and God bless, Cory

  9. I too have a hard time with the labels "traditional" and "modern". I'm not sure what they mean. That said, I think By The Sea would be my traditional pick. I love the blues and yellows together.

    Cool Britannia made me laugh out loud. It would be fun as my modern pick….just in time for the London Olympics.

  10. I hope I did it right if not I would choose, friendship by Howard Marcus Dunn for Moda for my traditional one and Trade winds by Lily Ashbury for my modern one.

  11. Great question! Of course, I had to look through every page of the "Coming Soon" to make an informed decision – ha ha!

    Traditional (sort of) – Ginko Stonehenge

    Modern – Joy by Kate Spain

  12. I'd pick Blitzen for the modern quilt – so cute! and Butterfields for the traditional.

    But, boy, was it hard to choose just one of each. I really should NOT have gone to FQS right now because I just keep seeing fabric I want!

  13. For tradional, I pick Vinatge Modern, and for modern I pick Tempo Lime. They both have wonderful color palettes. I would love to receive this pattern, I'm sure it's full of tips to get those star points to come together!!

  14. For a traditional looking quilt I would choose Friendship by Howard Marcus, and for a more modern look I would pick Floral Whimsy by Northcott Fabric.
    I think that the debonaire is versatile and would look great using almost any fabric collection. Thanks for a chance.

  15. I love this pattern! It is one of my favorites!

    If I did the traditional version I would be using the new French General, Petite Odile but if I switched it, I think I would chose the Cosmo Cricket line called Salt Air. That line is wonderful!

  16. I don't get rafflecopter. I clicked on it and signed up but it entered me without letting put a comment in. Perhaps a little more explanation about how to do it?

    But my faves are
    Traditional Nightshade by Tula Pink
    Modern Blitzen by BasicGrey

  17. No idea what Rafflecoptor is so I hope this counts as an entry!

    For traditional I would go with Meadow by Blackbird Designs

    For Modern I love, love, love Cool Britannia by Benartex Fabrics. I think to fussy cut it would be so cool!

  18. I don't know what Rafflecoptor is either…

    traditional – Barefoot Roses Legacy by Tanya Whelan

    modern – Floral Whimsy by Northcott Fabrics


  19. Hmm…vintage….anything by Fig Tree – loving California Girl. And modern….definitely Vintage Modern by Bonnie and Camille – although that kind of blurs the lines:-)

  20. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Traditional: Athill Range by Cabbages and Roses
    Modern: Apple of My Eye by The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake

  21. So Cute!

    Didn't take long to pick the modern! Abigail by BJ Lantz 'wow'

    Traditional… Honest Best Wishes by Dawn Heese

    Would love to win this pattern! Thanks..

  22. I love the Debonaire pattern and think it would make a great Christmas quilt. I would pick..
    Traditional-Sentiments by 3 Sisters
    Modern-Joy by Kate Spain
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  23. I love this quilt pattern! Here is what I would choose:

    Traditional: Friendship by Howard Marcus
    Modern: Anything by Pat Bravo (I love Rhapsodia!), Kate Spain or Vintage Modern by Bonnie and Camille

    Thanks guys!

  24. Traditional:Meadow by Blackbird Designs
    Modern: Tradewinds by Lily Ashbury

    love the pattern, i'm a sucker for stars

  25. I would love to see the quilts in Athill Range, by Cabbage and Roses for Moda and Bluebirds Song La De Da by Erin McMorris for Free Spirit fabrics.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

    abiiwilliams at aol dot com

  26. I would choose my traditional fabric to be Heather Bostic's Bloggers Choice. I love the purples and the tans together! And for the modern I would choose Skyscraper colorway of Grand Hotel. I'm a sucker for a good maroon! πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  27. I love this quilt pattern
    I would choose Honest Best Wishes for the Traditional and Bluebird's Song La Dee Da for the Modern.
    Thanks for the chance to win!!

  28. How delightful! This pattern would be so pretty as a little girls quilt which is why I chose "Friendship" for my traditional and "Flock" for my modern!

  29. I'd use Vanessa Christenson's Blogger's Choice Fat Quarter Bundle for the modern quilt and Cheerful Christmas Time for the traditional

  30. For modern, I am really liking Amy and Vanessa's blogger choices. For the traditional, I like the Aunt Grace keepsakes or Seaside by October Afternoon.

  31. Traditional: Friendship by Howard Marcus Dunn
    Contemporary: (Skyscraper) Grand Hotel by Jenean Morrison

    It was tough to chose! Thanks for the chance to win!

  32. I loved your pattern before and now I love it even more! Very fun look to the stars. I would love FG fabrics… the Petite odile line coming out, because it looks like yours but I am lusting after Lucy's Crab Shack by Sweetwater for a fun beachy look that I think would make a great summer quilt.

  33. I also would pick Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt for my modern. I would pick Lansdowne Road by Robyn Pandolph for my traditional. Yummy for both! Your pattern is darling…love stars also.

  34. Having trouble with the Rafflecopter, but my choices would be:
    California Girl by Fig Tree Quilts for the traditional quilt and
    Rhapsodia by Art Gallery for the modern quilt.

  35. I have no idea what I'm doing in rafflecopter and pretty sure it did not post appropriately, so I'm posting here (as well?).
    Traditional: Friendship by Howard Marcus
    Modern: Joy by Kate Spain

  36. This was hard, and fun too πŸ™‚
    I picked out Frank + Friends for my modern line and Berries Harvest Home for my traditional.

  37. Rachel, you have really hit a home run with this pattern — it's beautiful!

    There are some wonderful new collections coming; I particularly like "All Around the Town" by Nancy Mink and "Flock" by Thomas Knauer.

  38. I used rafflecopter But it wouldn't let me enter a comment.

    Traditional: Friendship Collections for a Cause
    Modern: Hello Luscious By BasicGrey

  39. I don't think Rafflecopter posted correctly either so, I too am leaving a comment here. For the Debonaire pattern in Traditional I choose "Fearless Women of Courage" by Nancy Gere and for Modern I choose "Apple of My Eye" by The Quilted Fish. Thank you!

  40. I'd pick Lucy's Crab Shack for Sweetwater and Summerlove by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery. I couldn't figure out Rafflecopter!

  41. Traditional… I would probably choose California Girl, and for the Modern option, I would go with Vintage Modern or Flea Market Fancy.

  42. Modern:
    Definitely "Poetica by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics"!!! I plan to use this collection for my baby girl's nursery (coming in May!), and I think this will have to be the quilt pattern I use, too!

    "White Christmas Stonehenge by Linda Ludovico for Northcott Fabrics" This would make a beautiful and elegant Christmas quilt.

  43. I would choose Alpine Wonderland -Sherri Berri (modern) and Holly Jolly Christmas by Mark Lake (traditional) thanks!

  44. Beautiful pattern! My traditional would be "Dear Mr. Claus" by Cosmo Cricket and the modern would be "Joy" by Kate Spain. Can you tell I am in need of a Christmas quilt? LOL

  45. Hello Luscious for my modern verision and the Patrotic for my traditional — wouldn't that make a great wounded warriors quilt?!

    Thank you!

  46. This is such a hard decision!!! so, here are my choices :

    Traditional : Friendship by Howard Marcus

    Modern : Cayman Blue Batiks by Island Batiks

    I think I must be one of those modern retro types! I like them all!

  47. Posting here because I couldn't with the Rafflecopter 8-(
    My two choices would be Daydreams III by Stephanie Brandenburg for Camelot Cottons, (Love Love Love!) and Serenade by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics.

  48. I'm having a hard time with modern and traditional, but I think I'd go with Butterfields for modern and Coral Rose Batiks for traditional, the latter which I jkust love the colours of.

  49. Traditional: Women of Courage by Nancy Gere
    Modern: Salt Air by Cosmo Cricket
    And boy it was hard to pick favorites, what beautiful new collections are upcoming!

  50. I'm still very confused as to what a true "traditional" vs "modern" fabric choice would be.

    I think that Ooh La La by BunnyHill would be my traditional choice

    And I'd choose Hello Luscious by Basic Grey as my modern choice.

    It would be awesome if there could be some feedback to some of the choices those of us who say they are confused as to the difference if we chose the correct way so we had some idea if we're looking at it the right way or not. I know that's probably a huge amount of time to spend but it would help those of us who seem to be confused between the two. Thank you so much if someone did have some time to help us out.

  51. So hard to pick!
    traditional: Gumdrop Tonga Batiks
    modern: the Seafoam Symphony colorway of Poetica by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics

  52. I'm always a little fuzzy on the line between modern and traditional design, but here's my guess….

    Traditional: Blitzen
    Modern: Cool Brittania

  53. Oh gosh! I love this pattern. I'm afraid I'll have to purchase this one. In Modern, Tempo Lime by Kanvas for Benartex would be stunning. Civil War Ladies is my choice for traditional.

  54. Traditional: Freedom Star
    Modern: Tempo Lime

    I am very excited about all the new Halloween fabrics and the new Charlie Brown and Peanuts collections!!

  55. I'm with others and am a little confused as to what makes a fabric line traditional vs. modern. But my choices would be:
    Traditional: California Girl
    Modern:Hello Luscious
    Thanks for a chance to win.

  56. The pattern is wonderful! For fabric lines I would pick Equinox by Northcott and Alpine Wonderland by Sheri Berry Designs for Riley Blake. Thanks for a great giveaway.

  57. This was really hard to choose! I think Christmas Classics and Cayman Bay Batiks would be my choices – but so many other gorgeous ones too! VermontPines at aol dot com

  58. For modern I would chose still range and for a modern take I would definitely use flea Market fancy or Tulas new night shade line!

  59. I'm thinking there is a fine line here between my modern and my traditional.

    Traditional: Barefoot Roses Legacy by tanya Whelon

    Modern: Penelope Five by Holy Holderman.
    love your Debonaire pattern and would love to win . thankyou.

  60. Hmm so many choices for such a lovely pattern. I am also a fan of the stars!
    For traditional:Friendship Collections for a Cause
    Modern: Hello Luscious by Basic Grey.

  61. OOoooo Rachel and FQS~
    Love your new patterns πŸ˜€
    Here are my fabric-must-haves:
    *Traditional: Berries Harvest House by Buggy Barn
    *Modern: Heather Bostic's Blogger Choice.
    Thank you for this opportunity to win.

  62. Traditional – I'd choose Friendship Collection for a Cause.
    Modern – I'd choose the Pezzy collection.

  63. Cool quilts! I would choose,

    Modern: Verona Yardage by Emily Taylor

    Traditional:Glacier Holiday Batiks
    by Hoffman Fabrics

    Thanks for the chance at the giveaway,


  64. Traditional: Ooh La La from Bunny Hill Designs

    Modern: Poetica by Pat Bravo

    So much fun looking through all the beautiful fabrics coming soon.

  65. I love stars too! I think for Traditional: Butterscotch & Roses by Fig Tree would be nice. and for
    Modern: Lush by Patty Young

  66. Traditional: Seasonal Little Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings for Moda Fabrics
    Modern: Two to Tango by Exclusively Quilters Fabrics

    I hope I got this right… What a lot of great new fabrics coming out! Thanks for a chance to win! πŸ™‚

  67. Cherry Christmas Yardage
    Aneela Hoey for Moda Fabrics

    Apple of My Eye Fat Quarter Bundle
    The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake Designs

    So many to pick from!

  68. For my "traditional" choice…Barefoot Roses Legacy by Tanya Whelan…Having an almost 2 yr old I am drawn to the lovely pink flowers…but yet not my usual choice of fabric.

    ANd for my "modern" choice…Caspian Seaside Cottage byHeather Mulder-Peterson…How LUSH!! Those colours!!!

  69. Greetings from Northern Saskatchewan CANADA! I love this pattern! Stars are wonderfu!
    Tradidtional would have to be Meadow by Blackbird Designs
    Modern – Butterfields by my fellow Canadian – Margot Languedoc
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  70. First, I want to say thanks for making me feel absolutely obligated to look at each of the "coming attractions" at the FQS!

    My choices would both be Christmas-y: For the modern quilt, I'd pick "Joy" by Kate Spain, and for the traditional, "Sentiments" by 3 Sisters.

    What a fun assignment. Thanks!

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

  71. Traditional would be Barefoot Roses Legacy Yardage
    Tanya Whelan for Free Spirit Fabrics

    Modern would be… 10 Rubber Ducks Yardage
    Eric Carle for Andover Fabrics

  72. First, I want to say thanks for making me feel absolutely obligated to look at each of the "coming attractions" at the FQS!

    My choices would both be Christmas-y: For the modern quilt, I'd pick "Joy" by Kate Spain, and for the traditional, "Sentiments" by 3 Sisters.

    What a fun assignment. Thanks!

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

    P.S. I HATE captcha!!

  73. Okay, so I really like Apple of my Eye by The Quilting Fish for my modern, and Athill Range by Cabbages & Roses for my traditional. I love bright/light colors for things like this!!

  74. There are so many 'coming soon' choices! It was a little hard to choose.
    For the modern, I really like Skyscraper Grand Hotel by Jenean Morrison and for the traditional I really like Friendship Collections by Howard Marcus Dunn.
    Thanks so much for the giveaway. I love the quilt pattern too!

  75. I think I would use California Girl for my traditional and Lucy's Crab Shack for my modern. There are so many good ones to choose from!

  76. So many lovely lines coming soon, it's hard to choose so I have a couple for each:

    Athill Range by Cabbages & Roses for Moda; or
    Barefoot Roses Legacy by Tanya Whelan for Free Spirit

    Gypsy Caravan Stash by Amy Butler for Westminister Fibers; or
    Millie's Closet by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs

    with some Michael Miller Cotton Couture solids in the mix.

    Connie πŸ™‚

  77. It was so hard to pick! But if money were no object, I would pick Tempo Lime for a modern twist, and Women of Courage for the traditional view. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  78. Hi y'all!

    I would use Christmas Spirit by Holly Taylor for the traditional version and Summer Harvest by Hoffman for the modern version.

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  79. Fresh Cut for traditional and Power Pop for a real modern take on a beautiful pattern! Would love to win as I'm getting up my courage to make my first quilt!

  80. What a selection in Coming Soon–after a bit of "debate", I'll choose Scarlet Holiday Serenade by Hoffman Fabrics (traditional)and California Girl by Fig Tree Quilts (modern). By the way, I didn't successfully use Rafflecopter to enter.

  81. Wow that was difficult but so much fun- Fabric makes me happy!- now if you had said pick a favorite from each catergory- I still would have had troubles- I'll take one of each please! I did narrow it down to twoTradewinds by Lily Ashbury
    and Ochre Penelope six

  82. I love this quilt! I really like the "traditional" version, but I LOVELOVELOVE the modern version! Genius!

    TraditionaL: Friendship Collections for a Cause
    Modern: Reunion by Sweetwater for Moda or Domestic Bliss by Liz Scott for Moda, which are my current new line obsessions. πŸ˜€

  83. THAT WAS HARD! I was only half way through the fabrics and I had 8 or 9 choices. I narrowed it down to four……for modern I would use either Blitzen by Basic Grey or Floral Whimsy by Northcott. For traditional I would use Christmastime by Annie Downs or California Girl. Whew!

  84. I would choose Penelope Four and Penelope Five for the Traditional Debonaire pattern.
    And my favorite Flea Market Fancy for the Modern.
    Thank you. Luba

  85. It's a hard choice – Civil War Ladies by Judie rothermd for Marcus Brothers for the old one & and for the modern one "Come Back Butterflies" by Margot Langudeoc For Henry Glass

  86. traditional: Coral Rose by Hoffman Fabrics

    modern: Wild Curiosities By Nancy Halvorsen for Benartex Fabrics

    But its so hard to choose theres so many I love!

  87. A walk in the woods & Hello Lucious by Basic Grey (Not TOTALLY traditional, but I think it is somewhat traditional….. LOVE!)

  88. I would us Friendship Collection for a Cause for my traditional quilt & Seaside Cottage for my modern quilt. It was a hard choice. I love the pattern & would like to make this quilt whether I win or not.

  89. I would love to see Poetica by Pat Bravo for the Modern and Lansdown Road by Robin Pandolph for the Traditional

  90. So many gorgeous fabrics to choose from, but here goes…

    Millie's Closet by Lori Holt for Riley Blake
    OR Floral Whimsy by Northcott

    Apple of My Eye by Riley Blake
    Butterfields by Margot Longuedoc for Henry Glass

    Thanks for the chance to win. Who doesn't let to add more fabric to their stash.

  91. WOW! So many beautiful fabric lines to choose from! Hmmm…tough decision, but I would select Saville Row as my traditional choice. And Gumdrop Tunga Batiks as my modern choice!
    I love, love, love stars in quilt patterns; so Debonaire is a HIT with me! Thanks for the wonderful give away opportunity! πŸ™‚

  92. Okay. I boofed with Rafflecopter, so here goes. For Traditional, I'd choose Sunshine Bouquet. For Modern, I'd pick California Girl by Figtree quilts. That would be lovely and bright. Lots of new lines to look forward to.

  93. Traditional – Autumn Bouquet
    Modern – Sunkissed Summerlove
    tried for five minutes to leave a msg with that other thing didnt work. Guess it was just me.

  94. I love checking out all the coming soon fabric and dreaming about what I can make. I'm liking Penelope Five by Holly Holderman for Lakehouse for the traditional star quilt and Poetica by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics for the modern version.

  95. Traditional: Anything 3 Sisters! Modern: Well, Modern Vintage, of course! Thanks for the chance to win! YEAH! LOVE that pattern!

  96. For the traditional one I would go with Barefoot Roses Legacy by Tanya Whelan – Roses are my favorite flower
    for modern I would go with 10 Rubber Duckys — My daughter who's nickname while working at girl scout camp was "Ducky" is expecting a new little "ducky" in June and this fabric would be perfect.

  97. I adore this pattern…I mean ADORE!!!

    Traditional: Athill Range
    Modern: Dear Mr. Clause

    Dear Mr. Clause is so Modern Vintage and would look great with this pattern. If I don't win this I need to make it !!!

  98. Traditional: Veranda by Verna Mosquera

    Modern: Tradewinds by Lily Ashbury

    Those were very hard to pick as there are so many great fabric lines listed!

  99. Traditional: Veranda by Verna Mosquera

    Modern: Tradewinds by Lily Ashbury

    So many great fabrics!

  100. Well I am in LOVE with the Rouenneries Deux line, so I'd probably use that one for the traditional; and All About Coffee for Modern (LOVE those prints and colors!!).

  101. Umm…I'm actually not quite sure if I really know the difference between traditional and modern. Because I was going to say that I love for my modern choice to be A Walk in the Woods and for my traditional I was going to say Flea Market Fancy. I have issues with traditional fabrics…sorry.

  102. I also picked Abigail and Apple of my Eye, but if Abigail isn't traditional enough, i'd be easily persuaded to pick Tonya Whelan's Barefoot Roses!

  103. skyscraper grand hotel for the modern and verdant lansdowne road for the traditional. that was fun! there are a lot of beautiful lines coming out!

  104. For modern I would choose Heather Bostic's Bloggers Choice and for Traditional I would choose Eiffel Tower Penelope Six. I just love the star pattern!

  105. I'd choose:

    Freedom's Star by Color Principle
    Hello Luscious by Basic Grey

    Love this pattern, Rachel!!

  106. I like Petite Odile by French General for the traditional fabrics and love love love Lucy's Crab Shack by Sweetwater for something more contemporary. I also like Seaside!

    Love the pattern too!

  107. Modern – It's a toss-up between bigail and Songbird

    Traditional – Petite Adile

    Wondering now if I can ask to get notified when ALL new fabric is available! Yikes!

  108. I think I'd choose Hello Luscious by BasicGrey for a traditional quilt and Nightshade by Tula Pink for a modern one.

    Great giveaway, thanks!

  109. hmmmmm….my modern would have to be Blitzen (this pattern would be a fantastic Christmas Quilt) and then my traditional…Friendship Collections for a Cause..the color palette is so warm!

  110. Women of Courage by Nancy Gere for traditional and Jolly Christmas Fun by Lynnette Anderson for more modern, just about all the fabrics would be great. Stars are my favorite quilt to make!

  111. I really like this pattern
    for traditional – I like Aunt Grace Keepsakes. For more modern grand hotel

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