I’m always excited when I see one of my quilts in a magazine for the first time. I tend to be a little unsure about my work when I send it off… does it look OK? Will the editor be happy with it? Festive Flocks – out now in the latest issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine – is no exception. I’ve never made a quilt that’s so white before (hello, bleached batting!), and I just wasn’t sure how well it would photograph. But as usual, the team at LPQ have done an incredible styling job!
You can see two-thirds of the quilt on the wall (it has 9 big circular blocks in total), plus a snippet of a mini in the reverse colourway on the bed (white arrows on a red background).
Do you recognise the pattern? Festive Flocks is based on Sunday sketch #80, which I posted back in early January.
It’s mostly squares and half-square triangles, so the quilt top comes together really quickly. I used a mix of bright red fabrics from the Basics and Smitten collections by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics. They mix and match so easily, and look so sharp and vibrant!
This issue of LPQ has a Christmassy theme, mixed with some Scandinavian style. Check out the mittens on the cover!!!
Issue 66 of Love Patchwork & Quilting is on sale from Thursday 4 October, in print and digital formats.
I’m so excited to share a new quilt pattern with you – Sound Maze – which is on the cover of the July/August 2018 issue of Modern Patchwork magazine.
Sound Maze was based on an Excel design that I created last year but never posted on Instagram.
I was playing around with the idea of repeating a single block (with minor variations) so that a single line could be traced around the quilt from one end to the other. In the image above, you can see that the white line starts at the top left and ends at the bottom right (the only two places where the white line meets the quilt edge). The square waves made me think of sound waves, hence the name.
The quilt top is all strips, so came together really quickly. I used Kona Cotton Solids in Riviera and White, with a Carolyn Friedlander widescreen on the back.
Because the quilt is much bigger than I’ve made before (86.5″ square), and because I had a tight deadline, I knew I couldn’t quilt it myself. Instead, I went to Carolyn Murfitt of Free Bird Quilting Designs. Carolyn’s known for her beautiful, colourful appliqué designs and her intricate custom quilting, but she also offers edge-to-edge quilting services and could squeeze me in at short notice. Carolyn was so helpful, offering lots of advice (and encouragement, since I was super-nervous!) on the best design and thread colour. I’m so happy with her work, and so pleased that it could be showcased on the cover of Modern Patchwork.
If you want to check out Sound Maze, the July/August 2018 issue of Modern Patchwork is on sale now (and will hit newsstands on June 26).
I got two lovely surprises today – not only is my latest quilt pattern in the current issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting, but it’s also on the cover!
I wasn’t expecting to see Raspberry Crush until issue 61, but schedules get updated, things get shuffled around, and I get to see my quilt all styled and pretty a month early. Yay!
I also wasn’t expecting the name, as I’d submitted the quilt under the title of ‘Heartbreaker’! This quilt was based on a hand-drawn sketch, but for some reason (which escapes me now), I never posted it online as a Sunday sketch. I tried using PowerPoint and even Excel to mock up a coloured version, but it wasn’t until I bought EQ8 that I managed to do it justice.
Can you see why I called this pattern ‘Heartbreaker’? Tilt your head to the right a bit, and you can see that each group of 3 half-square triangles makes a heart shape.
I made the quilt using all Kona cotton solids on the front, and ‘XOXO’ from Margaret Berg’s ‘Love’ collection (another Robert Kaufman fabric) on the back. It’s all HSTs, so my BlocLoc HST rulers came in very handy!
If you want to check out my Raspberry Crush quilt pattern, Issue 60 of Love Patchwork & Quilting is on sale now.