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.
* I’m pretty sure I always say that! But it’s true 🙂
I recreated last week’s sketch in Electric Quilt 8 so that I could play around with colours. But it was too difficult to design a quilt with offset blocks – or, I was too lazy to figure out how to do it – so I ended up making minor changes to the design, creating several slightly different iterations instead. Here’s a few.
These are very basic shapes repeated in a fairly simple pattern, so I wouldn’t be surprised if someone somewhere has created this design before. I usually search through my own Pinterest boards to double-check that I’m not posting something that’s similar to anyone else’s work: I don’t want to tread on anyone’s toes, and I’ve got plenty of other designs that I can post instead. I couldn’t find anything the same or similar, but of course, my boards aren’t exhaustive – how could they be, with so many amazing quilts out there?
Treating this more as a block-based design and alternating the block colouring makes it a bit more complex, with a lot more movement.
I can’t decide which one I like more!
There are a few ways these designs could be made into quilts. Probably the easiest would be to work on point: tilt your head 45 degrees to the left (or right) and you’ll see that it’s just a grid of squares – some solid, some half-square triangles, and some quarter-square triangles. Easy peasy!
If you’ve followed my Sunday sketches (here or on Instagram) for awhile, you’ll know that I often reuse the same shape in different orientations or arrangements. This week’s sketch uses the same shape as Sunday sketches #138 and #139 – a sort of origami chevron.
Because of its angles and lines, the shape nests in really interesting ways. With this design, I started at one end of the page and meandered towards the opposite edge with no real plan in mind.
The rows of shapes alternate in direction – pointing up or down – which could be highlighted using different colours or fabric combinations.
This week’s design would be slightly easier to make than last week’s, as it can be broken down into separate rows – particularly if the shapes are made using flying geese and quarter-square blocks.