I am over-the-moon, beside-myself excited that my quilt, Fanfold, is featured on the cover of the 2021 QuiltCon Magazine. WOW!!!
The pattern for Fanfold is one of 10 in this year’s magazine. This is the second time I’ve had a pattern in QuiltCon Magazine; the last time was Flight Pattern in 2020. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to contribute to the magazine once again! The editorial team are fantastic to work with, and it’s such a privilege to be able to share my work with other modern quilters around the world. I’m so chuffed!!
Fanfold is a simple but striking design that came from Sunday sketch #4, which I posted waaaay back in July 2016. At the time, I had been quilting for less than 2 years, and I still wasn’t super-confident. My designs followed my skills, so they featured a lot of squares and triangles. (The first time I posted a design using curves was two years and more than 100 sketches later!)
You can see that I reworked the design slightly for submission to QuiltCon Magazine. I kept the overall shape of the zig-zagged columns. I kept the spacing, so that adjacent columns never actually touch. And I kept the off-set placement of the zig-zags in the overall frame. But I flipped the whole thing around, so the zig-zags are on the right of the frame. And I added another column. And – most importantly – I added dimensionality to the columns by using two colours instead of one; the zigs (ha!) are coloured one way, and the zags another.
Here’s how I re-drew the design in ElectricQuilt 8, adding colour:
The design was actually super-easy to make. The quilt top came together so fast! The shapes are made from half-square triangles and two types of half-rectangle triangles (2:1 and 3:1). Probably the longest part was just figuring out how many I needed of each colour. Then I cut, chain-pieced, pressed, trimmed using my Bloc-Loc rulers (lifesavers!), pieced into columns, added large pieces of background fabric, and ta-da! Finished quilt top!
I used Kona Cotton Solids (my favourite) in Carrot, Primrose and White. But one of the great things about this design is that you could make it in any colour for the background, with another 2 colours (or 1 colour plus white) for the zig-zags. Lots of opportunity for personalisation!
Fanfold was custom quilted by Valerie Cooper from Sweet Gum Quilting. There’s no way that my own quilting would’ve been good enough to get this quilt on the cover of a magazine, so I’m very grateful for Valerie’s work! I am all about focusing on my strengths and outsourcing the other stuff to people more skilled than me.
I did learn one new skill with this quilt though. I ended up adding a faced binding, rather than my usual standard binding. It was a bit stressful, as I’d never done one before, but I found tutorials from the Silly BooDilly and Cotton & Bourbon super-helpful (just don’t combine them… ask me how I know). Facing really does give a different look to finished quilts, one that’s probably more suited to a ‘show’ quilt. It also worked well with this quilt, as it meant that the zig-zags could run to the very edge of the quilt without being cut off by the binding.
If you’d like to see more of Fanfold, or make the quilt yourself, you can buy the digital edition of the 2021 QuiltCon Magazine on the Quilting Daily website. Print issues will be available closer to QuiltCon Together (Feb 18-22).
If you make Fanfold, let me know! I’d love to see pics! Send me an email or tag me on Instagram (or both, since I don’t always see all notifications).
And if you haven’t already, I hope you’ll register for QuiltCon Together. I’m excited about being able to take part in workshops and lectures from Australia. I hope to get to QuiltCon one of these days, but not this year. Let’s all stay home and stay safe!
I haven’t published a quilt pattern in ages, but I’m excited to show you Diamond Days, which is out today in Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine!
Diamond Days is a paper-pieced pattern featuring a single block that’s rotated and repeated. The diamond shape features 6 facets, which means there’s lots of opportunity for featuring different colours and prints. I used a selection of 6 Kona Cotton Solids: Emerald, Cypress, Surf, Magenta, Dark Violet and Cerise. Definitely not my usual colour palette, but I really love it in this quilt! I also used Kona Cotton Solids in Silver for the background and Black for the diamond outlines.
Diamond Days was quilted by Valerie Cooper from Sweet Gum Quilting. She picked the perfect twinkly design to make the gems sparkle! I love Valerie’s work.
Unlike many of my quilt patterns, Diamond Days didn’t start out as a Sunday sketch. I submitted another design to the magazine, and then-editor Alice Hadley (no relation!) helped me tweak it. Here’s the resulting sketch, designed in Electric Quilt 8. Luckily the fabrics look much more vibrant in real life!
If you’d like to make Diamond Days, you can find Love Patchwork & Quilting in newsagents and online. Issue 94 is on sale from today, 20 January. And no worries if you get the issue online; Love Patchwork & Quilting templates are always freely available on their website.
If you make this pattern, I’d love to see it. Tag me on Instagram (@geometriquilt) or send me an email!
I’m excited to show you my latest quilt pattern, Among the Stars, which is out now in Love Patchwork & Quilting!
This is a simple and fun pattern featuring rows of rockets pointing up and down. As usual, the staff at Love Patchwork & Quilting have styled the quilt really beautifully (don’t you love the cute little rocket on the desk??).
I only posted the Sunday sketch (#182) for Among the Stars earlier this week, although I created the design (which I imaginatively called ‘Rockets’) earlier this year.
As you can see, I started out with a brighter colour palette and a white background. But I soon realised that it would make more sense to use a blue or dark background for rockets. Not to mention that white backgrounds bring their own set of challenges!
So I revised the EQ8 design with different fabrics, and voila!
In the end, I settled on a mix of fabrics from Ruby Star Society: the Speckled and Pop collections from Rashida Coleman Hale, the Spark collection from Melody Miller, and the Alma range from Alexia Abegg. I love how fabrics from the different collections work so well together!
I also loved how closely the fabrics matched their digital swatches – I was a bit worried that they wouldn’t work so well together in real life, but of course they did. And the colours are so vibrant! Ruby Star Society fabrics are a perfect quilting weight and feel really lovely; it was my first time sewing with them, but it won’t be the last.
Issue 82 of Love Patchwork & Quilting is on sale from Tuesday 24 December. You can find the magazine in newsagents and online.
If you make Among the Stars, I would love to see it. Tag me on Instagram (@geometriquilt) or send me an email!