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.
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).