Meet guest blogger, quilt designer, and author Kathy Flowers of Pieces of Dreams Quilt Designs. Kathy’s Strawberries & Cream lap quilt is featured in the September/October 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine. Read on, and don’t miss the fabric giveaway at the bottom of the page!
My love of fabric started while I was in high school. I made many of my own dresses, skirts, and jackets and when my daughter was born, I began making her clothes too. I was introduced to quilting and made my first quilt, a small doll quilt for my daughter, in 1974. I began designing my own quilts in 2010 and sold my designs through a local quilt shop. My first design was published in McCall’s Quick Quilts in 2012.
I design using both quilting cottons and wool appliqué. Sometimes I mix the two. When starting a new design , I sometimes start with a block in mind and sometimes a fabric calls my name. EQ (Electric Quilt software) is my best friend when designing a traditional quilt. My wool appliqué quilts are sketched by hand.
When designing Strawberries & Cream, I started with a simple block and used it in three sizes. I used two block sizes in the center and a third smaller block in the border.
I love two-color quilts and turned to my fabric stash to see what I could find. With red being the dominant color in my stash at that time, I began by auditioning many fabrics at once. Two colors were chosen, with the darker mottled red from a Christmas line and the small red/cream print fabric from a reproduction line.
I use my design wall to display the quilt blocks as I sew. Although I use EQ to design, it is not unusual for me to make changes to a pattern as I sew. I place all the blocks on the wall until I’m sure I’m satisfied with the layout.
Once the quilt center is sewn in rows, I audition border designs. I tend to play with border designs, sometimes for several days until I find the one that frames the quilt nicely.
I love designing my own quilts! It’s a great feeling knowing my grandchildren and great-grandchildren will never be cold!
Thanks so much, Kathy! If you’d like to make the Strawberries & Cream lap quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the September/October 2015 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.
To celebrate the release of Strawberries & Cream, Kathy is giving away a pack of fat quarters from the Simply Colorful II collection by V and Co. for Moda over on her Facebook page. Follow this link to enter for a chance to win!