Welcome back guest blogger, teacher, author, and quilt designer Heidi Pridemore of The Whimsical Workshop! Heidi’s striking quilt, Rainbow Lattice, is on the cover of the February/March 2017 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts magazine.
Hello fellow quilters, I am so happy to be a guest blogger for McCall’s Quick Quilts. I am also excited to share my “Rainbow Lattice” quilt that is featured in the February/March 2017 issue. I was so excited to find out that our bright quilt was the Cover Girl for this issue:
Our design studio The Whimsical Workshop designs 100’s of quilts a year for many of the major fabric companies in the industry. This gives me the opportunity to see the newest lines that are coming out ahead of the release. There are so many beautiful groups out there that I have to say it is very difficult to choose a group for a magazine feature when they come across my desk. When I received the files for Timeless Treasure’s Tonga Jellybean, I fell in love with the bright colors and the whimsical name.
I have always loved bright colors and batiks and this group mixed these two loves together. So for the quilt design, I wanted to keep it simple and modern. I kept the blocks larger to showcase the prints. The purple diamonds are created by using purple squares with the stitch-and-flip method on opposite corners of the blocks. Once the blocks are sewn together the diamond chain is created. The quilt looks complicated at first glance but using this technique makes it an easy project to complete. To keep the modern look of the quilt, I choose not to add borders to the quilt. This makes it even easier to complete.
I can see this quilt pattern working with different types of fabric, not just brights. I believe a quilt takes on the personality of the prints used. I think it will look stunning done in dark batiks, black and white prints, or fun 30s reproductions. I hope you have as much fun with the pattern as I did. I would love to see what you come up with; please email me the images if you play with this (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Visit my blog each month where I will share with you some tips and tricks on cutting and assembling of the free project of the month along with posting the free pattern on our website The Whimsical Workshop.
Thanks, Heidi! If you’d like to make your own version of Heidi’s Rainbow Lattice quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the February/March 2017 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine or download the Rainbow Lattice digital quilt pattern separately from our online shop.
We also have a free size chart available for altering this quilt pattern for crib, twin, and queen sizes. Download the chart here.