I’m still submitting quilt patterns to magazines, because a deadline seems to be the only way to motivate me to sew! My latest pattern is out now in Quilt Now, a UK-based quilt magazine. Meet Whirlwind!
Whirlwind started life as Sunday sketch #119, which I posted on Instagram on 7 October 2018. I had sketched out an idea of interlocking curved arrows on paper, then figured out the actual construction in Electric Quilt 8.
It’s actually a lot easier to make than it might look*: some rectangles and squares, a few curves, and a few quarter-square triangles. My Instagram feed from around that time shows a few other variations you could easily make – for example, by replacing the arrowheads with rectangles (#120) or going monochromatic (#121).
I used all Art Gallery Fabrics – Pure Solids in Canary, Burnt Orange, London Red, Raspberry Rose and Snow for the front, and Squared Elements in Citrine for the back. I’d used Art Gallery Fabrics before, for Loophole, so I knew they’d have a lovely look and feel. And the range of colours in the Pure Solids collection meant that I had no problems picking the right shades of yellow, orange, red and pink (still one of my favourite combinations!).
And I decided I’m not going to stress over machine quilting anymore! I am thrilled to have found a fantastic edge-to-edge longarmer, Sharni Crossett from Lyrebird and Lamb Quilt Works, to quilt my quilts for me. I used to agonise over the cost, but I’ve finally realised that it’s more than worth it: sending my quilts out saves me not only lots of time, but also lots of stress, panic, anxiety, and more stress. I think edge-to-edge quilting patterns look much nicer and more professional than my go-to grid quilting, too.
If you make Whirlwind, I’d love to see it! Tag me on Instagram or send me an email.
Issue 63 of Quilt Now is on sale from Thursday 16 May. You can find it in newsagents or online.
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I submitted my last magazine quilt earlier this year, and now it’s out in the latest issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting! I’m really pleased to present Stepping Stones.
I designed this quilt in Excel, which I find really easy for creating rectangle-based designs. Here’s the original design:
The design was inspired by Indian stepwells – massive, ancient stone wells in which the water is reached via hundreds of stone steps. This is the Chand Baori stepwell in Rajasthan, India:
Isn’t it beautiful? I’ve been fascinated by these structures for years.
This design is all rectangles – strips are pieced together in blocks, which are then pieced together in rows. The quilt top comes together really easily, and I quilted it in a simple grid pattern.
I used a mix of Cotton & Steel basics from the Netorious, Sprinkle and XOXO collections. I recreated the colour palette of my original design pretty closely, apart from adding that pop of mustard instead of the smoky grey. Because who can resist a pop of mustard?!
Issue 68 of Love Patchwork & Quilting is on sale from Thursday 28 November, in print and digital formats.
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.