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’m really stuck on triangles at the moment. When sketching for this week’s post, triangles soon morphed into diagonal lines…which created stripes… which presented the opportunity to mix direction and shading to produce some interesting movement.
There’s some real potential for striking colour play here too, but of course it’ll take me a while to explore that 🙂
This sketch is a little like Sunday sketch #34, which I designed using Excel. They both feature diagonal, crossed stripes, but #34 had blunt ends whereas these are angled. I’ve also mixed these blocks up rather than arranging them in a sawtooth star configuration.
This design could be made into a quilt pattern using half-square and quarter-square triangles, but I’ll probably use a foundation paper-piecing template instead. I’m not convinced that I’d achieve the required precision using normal piecing. I’ve also struggled to sew strips perfectly straight with regular piecing; I always seem to end up with a slight curve.
I’ll probably refine this sketch further, as it actually has a mistake in the bottom right (chevrons pointing right instead of left). Although it may look like a random design, there is (or is supposed to be) an underlying structure! You know I can’t do spontaneity without a plan 🙂