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.
This week’s sketch isn’t terribly original; I’ve done something a bit similar myself, and I’m sure others have too. But I felt like I needed a design where I could play with colour a bit.
This design could be made into a quilt pattern using simple stripes, or even half-square triangles if you were feeling industrious.
Back to some basic shapes this week, manipulating half-square and half-rectangle triangles to create some block-y wedges.
I think there’s enough movement in this design to distract from the fact that it’s just 2 units repeated: an ‘A’ shape (without the cross-bar) and a ‘V’ shape. The rows are horizontally offset just a little bit, which the intervening whitespace helps to hide (I think).
This sketch could be translated into a quilt pattern easily using HSTs and HRTs. It would make a great two-colour design, but could also be pretty interesting with some bold prints too.