Earlier this year, I came up with a very quick design in EQ8. Sometimes it takes me ages to settle on a design I like; other times, I hit on something pretty quickly.
I had seen a sort of rocket shape somewhere, so played around with it a bit, altering the width and height of each rocket as well as the layout. I settled on this design – it just felt simple and fun.
I didn’t post it as a Sunday sketch at the time. I liked the design so much that I contacted Love Patchwork & Quilting to see if they would be interested in a pattern based on the design – and they were. Fast-forward ~6 months, and Rockets* will be published this week in issue 82 🙂
The actual quilt that I made looks a bit different from the design shown here. Given that it’s all about rockets, it seemed more logical to use a dark background, and a slightly different colour scheme. (And when it comes to quilts, dark backgrounds pose fewer challenges than white backgrounds, for me at least!**)
Check back later this week for a post about the published quilt pattern. I can’t wait to see how it looks in the magazine!
* Often magazines will change the name of submitted quilts, depending on what they’ve published before and what else is in the pipeline. So I’ve no idea if this is actually what they’ll call the published pattern!
** I find that quilts with white background fabrics require a few extra steps: seams with brightly coloured fabrics sometimes need to be trimmed back, so that the colours don’t show through the white fabric; all the stray threads on the back need to be trimmed before basting and quilting, so they don’t break loose and show up through the white fabric; and I need to skip my usual unbleached batting for a pure white batting that will keep the brightness of the white fabric. Of course, all this is doable, but I’ve found that I avoid white backgrounds if I can!
My latest quilt pattern, Northern Lights, is out now in Love Patchwork & Quilting!
I posted the Sunday sketch (#124) for Northern Lights on 11 November 2018 – almost a full year ago!
I ended up changing the colour palette and reversing the order of the colours, with the darkest on the outside. I went with a cool-ish palette: (from dark to light) Navy, Ultramarine, Candy Green and Ice Frappe, all Kona Cotton solids from Robert Kaufman. The backing is Mist from Jennifer Sampou’s Chalk and Charcoal collection, which is also manufactured by Robert Kaufman.
Northern Lights is my first paper-pieced pattern, and it was a steep learning curve for me! The blocks are quite large – 18″ square – and I tried freezer paper piecing before going back to normal paper. Because there are 4 copies of each block, I eventually got into a rhythm of placing, sewing, pressing, trimming, placing, sewing, pressing, trimming….until they were all done. There was a point where I wasn’t sure I was going to manage it, but it’s amazing what a deadline can do to motivate me 🙂
Northern Lights was quilted by Sharni Crossett from Lyrebird and Lamb Quilt Works. Sharni has done a few quilts for me now, and she has taken a huge weight off my shoulders (literally as well as figuratively, haha). I’d love to get better at the actual quilting stage of making a quilt, but for now, it’s an area where I’d rather pay a professional – particularly for quilts that are destined for magazines!
Issue 80 of Love Patchwork & Quilting is on sale from Wednesday 30 October. You can find it in newsagents or online.
If you make Northern Lights, please tag me on Instagram (@geometriquilt) or send me an email. I’d love to see it!
It’s been a couple of months since I posted a hand-drawn sketch. I’ve been sketching less lately. Often I start with a dot pad and quickly move to EQ8 when I’ve decided on a motif that I want to explore further. Other times, it’s just easier to start with EQ8. Hand-sketching can require a level of concentration and thought that I don’t always have. But of course, concentration and thought take practice, and they’re easy to lose if you don’t nurture them with time and attention. A gentle reminder to myself that I should make time to sketch, even when there seem to be easier alternatives.
Anyway…! Here’s what I was working on when I last opened my dot pad.
I’ve explored this idea of ‘folded ribbons’ before – see Sunday sketches #74, #75 and #76, for example – and it’s the sort of thing that could spark a thousand more designs. But this time, I wanted to play with the idea of the ‘folded’ bit being a feature, creating its own path.
I ended up designing quite a few variations, with different canvas shapes (square-ish above; rectangular-ish, below), or numbers of lines in each group, or proximity of lines.
Imagine using a really bold print for those lines in the foreground. Wouldn’t that pack a punch?
I’m still working through this idea in my head and on paper, so I may have more of these to show you sometime soon (assuming another design idea doesn’t grab my attention in the meantime!).
This design could be translated into a quilt pattern using long strips (and some careful cutting to maintain the proper angles) or even a lot of triangles.