Meet guest blogger, quilt designer, and author Kate Colleran of Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs. Read on and don’t miss the fabric giveaway contest at the bottom of the article.
Hi! I was so happy when McCalls’s Quilting asked me to be a guest blogger; of course I said YES! I’ve been quilting since I was a teenager. It started with a baby quilt I made for a cousin’s baby and I have not stopped since. Though I do admit to slowing down at times, especially when the kids were little and I was working full time as nurse.
Three years ago when I moved to Colorado from my hometown in Connecticut, I had no idea what the future might hold. I knew I was going to take a break from nursing and see what I could do with this quilt business that I had started a few years back with my friend Elizabeth. Now we have a book coming out with C&T Publishing in May, I teach an online class at Craftsy called 3 Blocks, 30 Quilts and I am designing quilts for fabric companies and magazines, including McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts.
For the May/June 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting, I designed a quilt using fabric from a line by Timeless Treasures called Imperial Garden. The fabric has just a wonderful feel in addition to being beautiful. The design started with the panel; I had not used a panel before in my quilts. But I like a challenge!
Do you ever wonder about the inspiration behind a design? As I was looking at the fabrics, I was thinking about pagodas and shoji screens. The clean lines, the architecture of these iconic Asian symbols seemed to be the perfect inspiration for my design. I had been to the Japanese Garden in Portland a couple of years ago and the fabric reminded me of the flowers and beautiful buildings and bridges there. I wanted the design to be symmetrical so the panel was put front and center and I built the other elements around it. The vertical rows on either side of the panel were built as overlapping squares with small contrast squares to provide depth and interest. The top and bottom rows finish the framework around the panel and the navy background allows the fabrics to really stand out.
Be careful when marking your mitered border!
The quilt goes together fairly easily, though be careful when adding the mitered borders. Have you done miters before? They really aren’t hard, one just needs to pay attention. McCall’s Quilting has included great directions in the magazine; I will admit that I drew my lines wrong on the first border. Do you know what happens when you draw a 60 degree line instead of the 45 degree line that follows the angled edge of the quilt? I will tell you- you get a border with a lump in it!
I hope you have a great time making your Moonlit Reflections quilt. I would love for you to come visit me at my blog; we are having a book blog tour starting April 21st with giveaways and other fun stuff! The book is called Smash Your Precut Stash (C&T Publishing). I bet you have a precut or two in your stash that maybe you were waiting for just the right project. We’ve got you covered! You can also see the patterns from my pattern company, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs.
Thanks, Kate! And thanks to the folks at Timeless Treasures Fabrics, we are giving away 4 fun fat quarter packs from assorted fabric collections. Leave a comment below before midnight May 14, 2015 and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. Four names will be drawn on May 15 and notified by email. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.
If you don’t already have a copy of our May/June issue, you can order print and digital magazines in our online shop. The Moonlit Reflections quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download. And there are still a few Moonlit Reflections quilt kits and backing fabric packs available, too!