Welcome back guest blogger, quilt designer, and Etsy shop owner Lisa Bluford of Pieces of Cotton! Lisa’s “fraternal twin” Sparkle & Spin quilts are featured in the March/April 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine.
I was in search of an easier way to make the beautiful hummingbird pattern that I’d seen on other blogs. Any pattern or tutorial I could find relied on paper piecing to make the irregular shaped pieces, but I was determined to simplify it somehow.
My college art instructor encouraged us to use our art supplies freely. He said it would either result in a finished product, or a lesson, but either way it wasn’t wasted. The only wasted paint was the paint still in the tube. We should think of our fabric the same way. I’m as guilty as anyone else of hoarding my favorites, but it’s the fabric still on the shelf that is actually the waste.
In the end, this is what I came up with…Sparkle & Spin!
Once the method clicked with me, I wanted to try to incorporate both types of blocks in one quilt, so I made a small quilt using the beautiful Whitewashed Cottage by 3 Sisters for Moda and Kona charcoal as the background. I started with 7” squares rather than 10” and the end result was a perfect couch sized quilt. I did have a few pieces of the spin triangles left over, but they’re currently hugging some hexagon papers, so there’s no waste there!
If you do make a Sparkle & Spin quilt set for yourself, I’d love to see them! You can find me on Instagram as @piecesofcottonquilting, or at my blog: piecesofcotton.blogspot.com.
If you’d like to make the Sparkle & Spin twin size quilts and don’t yet have a copy of the March/April 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here, or download the pattern separately from our online shop.