County Fair: A Visit with Wendy Sheppard

 County Fair: A Visit with Wendy Sheppard

Welcome back guest blogger, quilt designer, and author Wendy Sheppard. Wendy’s new quilt, County Fair, is a one-block design full of life and movement, an effect of the multiple colorways used. Try mixing batiks and prints, as Wendy did, to create depth and interest in the blocks. You’ll find this quilt in the McCall’s Quilting May/June 2017 issue. We’re happy to have Wendy here to talk about her quilt!

Hello Quilting Friends, it’s good to be back to visit with you again.  Today, I am happy to share about my quilt County Fair that is featured in the McCall’s Quilting May/June 2017 issue.

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Some of you might not be aware that in my “former” pre-kid life, I had graduated with degrees in Chemical Engineering. In engineering, I always marvel at concepts/equations/projects/etc. built from the ground up, starting with the basics.  I have sort of carried that concept over to my quilt designing process. I love to design with simple elements, and tweak them so that the final design is sometimes deceivingly difficult (which, in actuality, is not the case at all).

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Pinwheels are definitely one of my go-to design elements that I have used in County Fair.  If you look at the quilt block, I had started with the pinwheel unit in the center before framing it. I added flying geese units around the frame. To give the block the movement of the pinwheel, I split the flying geese units using two different fabrics and repeated that in the remaining flying geese units in the block. Having the blocks colored with different colors scattered all over the quilt gives the illusion of a field filled with spinning pinwheels.

In my quilts, I use a really great method to make my pinwheels. With this method, my pinwheels come out with accurately pieced centers. And this method, when executed carefully, will work down to the smallest pinwheel units! I recently made a few pinwheel units that finish at 2″ x 2″.

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County Fair uses Moda’s Sweet Blends fabrics, and it is a mix of regular cotton and batik. I like using a bit of the batik in this quilt that pull in all the colors of the fabrics in one fabric swatch. I know many quilters make quilts strictly with 100% batiks or 100% cotton. Try mixing it up – you might like the effect.

Now, County Fair isn’t the only quilt I have featured in the  May/June  issue. The cover quilt, Village Square, is mine too, and I will be sharing about that quilt with you in a few weeks! Stay tuned.

It’s been great visiting with you.  I wish you the very best in your quilting journey!

CountyFair Book creativenewquiltsprojects 227x300 County Fair: A Visit with Wendy SheppardThanks so much, Wendy! Wendy would like to give away her book, Creative New Quilts & Projects! Leave a comment below before midnight April 13, 2017 and you’ll be entered into our random drawing to win Wendy’s book. The winner will be notified by email with subject line beginning YOU WON.

This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec. 

If you’d like to make your own version of the County Fair quilt, and don’t yet have a copy of the McCall’s Quilting May/June 2017 issue, you can order print and digital versions in our online shop. The County Fair quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download.  

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48 Responses to County Fair: A Visit with Wendy Sheppard

  1. Teri says:

    Such a beautiful quilt! Love pinwheels.

  2. Marilyn Dueckman says:

    I like your patterns and would love to receive the book. I’ve been quilting for just about a year now, and have completed 9 bed quilts and am working on my 10th. I have learned so much already and look forward to honing my skills further with each new project.

  3. mshill says:

    You continue to be so creative with the most usual shapes. It looks so beautiful. I would be most honored to have your book, too. Thank you for the many inspirations.

  4. Marjorie says:

    I, too, have used batiks and other cottons. It makes for an interesting combination.

  5. Joan Jarrett says:

    I love pinwheels!

  6. Janey says:

    Pinwheels, just in time for light spring breezes. Darling quilt. Thank you for the opportunity.

  7. Paula says:

    I like your Country Fair quilt, and the book cover quilt also!!

  8. Mary Jones says:

    I love the fabric, color combinations, they are refreshing and intriguing at the same time. Anxious to see more! Thanks for sharing – Mary

  9. Jennifer says:

    I hopped over to Ivory Spring blog and read Wendy’s tips for matching pinwheel points – great tips! Thanks for the chance!

  10. Dianna says:

    I also love and use pin wheels frequently. Any hints to making them is always appreciated. I really like this quilt.

  11. Cathi says:

    I have followed Wendy’s blog for years and love seeing her designs. This quilt is fabulous – a super spring/summer project!

  12. Kaye M. says:

    County Fair is a beautiful quilt and I love how the block corners and the sashing create a lovely secondary design!

  13. Denice says:

    Love Wendy’s designs.

  14. Cindy Prince says:

    Pinwheels are fabulous! and I am loving the cover quilt on the book!
    Thank you!

  15. Deb says:

    I am enjoying your colorful quilts and instructions. Thank you.

  16. Carol Nelms says:

    Wendy always makes such beautiful quilts, Thanks Wendy and McCalls!

  17. Maryellen says:

    Great post, and such a pretty quilt. Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. lindak21 says:

    Your Country Fair quilt is so pretty. It would be great win your book – I’ve seen it on different blogs and such and it looks like it’s a terrific find.

  19. Nancy Lewis says:

    I love both of your quilts. The fabric choice and pinwheels make them eye catching.

  20. Liz Horgan says:

    I love country fair! I just started a subscription to McCall’s magazine–I hope this will be the first one I get!!

  21. Sue S. says:

    I like the idea of mixing batik and cotton. I’ll have to try that. (My husband is a chemical engineer too and he has a different take on my projects and construction techniques!)

  22. Arlene Kilborn says:

    I use the same technique for pinwheels. I like pressing seams open as I think it is easier to do matching points.

  23. Vicki H says:

    Love the quilt.

  24. Patricia Bandura says:

    Love Wendy’s designs and love pinwheels

  25. Susan Stanton says:

    Thank you for the tip on making perfect pinwheels. I can’t wait to try your method. Would love to take a look at your new book. I have a bunch of precuts that need to be used!

  26. Jennifer Soosay says:

    I just found Wendy and her quilts and I love them and her.

  27. KateT says:

    New to quilting and love pinwheels. Thanks for your tips!

  28. Mary Green says:

    I especially like the quilt in your bright clear colors…so cheerful.

  29. Karen Jautaikis says:

    I like pinwheels as well. Will definitely be trying your HST method. I really like this pattern!

  30. Charlotte says:

    I am fascinated with all your designs. I don’t know how you accomplish so much. Thanks for the lovely pinwheel design!

  31. Nancy says:

    I love pinwheels. You can make so many designs with a simple pinwheel.

  32. Kathie L says:

    I have the McCall’s issue and saw both of your quilts. wonderful designs.

  33. Lori Morton says:

    Loooove the County Fair Quilt!! & the book sounds Awesome too!! Wendy’s tips on pinwheel points is sooooo appreciated too! Thanks Wendy, for all the sharing!! :)
    Thanks too, for chance to win the book! :D

  34. Joyful Quilter says:

    Wendy’s quilts are always so unique and cheerful. Thanks for the giveaway.

  35. Judy says:

    I absolutely love all of Wendy’s designs. Another winner, Wendy!

  36. JennyM says:

    I like how you split the colors in the pinwheel and the framing. Great quilt.

  37. Susie Kroll says:

    Thanks for the great ideas and tips! I am always looking for new and creative ways to use up my stash.

  38. Vicki L says:

    Have followed Wendy’s blog for some time. Love her designs and her handiwork. Thank you for this opportunity to win a copy of her book.

  39. Mary says:

    I enjoyed both of these quilts in my current magazine. Love all of the great pinwheels.

  40. Bonnie Larson says:

    Love the pattern. Thanks so much for sharing

  41. Pahla Dees says:

    Thanks for sharing with us. Always enjoy and would love to win something too?

  42. Kathy says:

    Thanks for the tips~! It is on my list to doi a pinwheel quilt this year

  43. Kathy says:

    Thanks for the tips~! It is on my list to do a pinwheel quilt this year

  44. Debbie Boaz says:

    I really like pinwheels but mine doesn’t always turn out perfect. I will definitely try your method! I’d love to make the cover quilt from your book ” Creative New Quilts and Projects”. It’s just my style! Thanks for the tips.

  45. Kathy says:

    This is so cute – great book!

  46. Karen Addleman says:

    Wendy has such great designs! Love the pinwheels.

  47. Nann says:

    I’m a long-time admirer of Wendy’s designs. (I will be forever grateful for her instructions for New York Beauty blocks which I made into one of my all-time favorite quilts.) I’d love to win a copy of her book!

  48. Vicki D. says:

    What a pretty pinwheel quilt. I really enjoy seeing Wendy’s creations.

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