Quilt pattern: Northern Lights

My latest quilt pattern, Northern Lights, is out now in Love Patchwork & Quilting!

'Northern Lights' by Caroline Hadley (Geometriquilt), Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine, issue 80, October 2019.

I posted the Sunday sketch (#124) for Northern Lights on 11 November 2018 – almost a full year ago!

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #124-2

I ended up changing the colour palette and reversing the order of the colours, with the darkest on the outside. I went with a cool-ish palette: (from dark to light) Navy, Ultramarine, Candy Green and Ice Frappe, all Kona Cotton solids from Robert Kaufman. The backing is Mist from Jennifer Sampou’s Chalk and Charcoal collection, which is also manufactured by Robert Kaufman.

Northern Lights is my first paper-pieced pattern, and it was a steep learning curve for me! The blocks are quite large – 18″ square – and I tried freezer paper piecing before going back to normal paper. Because there are 4 copies of each block, I eventually got into a rhythm of placing, sewing, pressing, trimming, placing, sewing, pressing, trimming….until they were all done. There was a point where I wasn’t sure I was going to manage it, but it’s amazing what a deadline can do to motivate me 🙂

Northern Lights was quilted by Sharni Crossett from Lyrebird and Lamb Quilt Works. Sharni has done a few quilts for me now, and she has taken a huge weight off my shoulders (literally as well as figuratively, haha). I’d love to get better at the actual quilting stage of making a quilt, but for now, it’s an area where I’d rather pay a professional – particularly for quilts that are destined for magazines!

Issue 80 of Love Patchwork & Quilting is on sale from Wednesday 30 October. You can find it in newsagents or online.

Love Patchwork & Quilting issue 80

If you make Northern Lights, please tag me on Instagram (@geometriquilt) or send me an email. I’d love to see it!

 

 

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