Workshop Wednesday: Panel Parade!

A lot of my work recently, both at the office and in my own quilting projects, has revolved around using fabric panels. I can’t get them off my brain; there’s just something (OK, several things) about them! They’re attractive just as they are, they’re easy and fun to use in a quilt, and they make quick work of most projects. The panel projects I’ve been working on for McCall’s will have to wait to be shared until they’re published, but I can share my personal panel project at the end of this post (I’ve been sharing it a lot recently; forgive me if you’ve seen it but I think it’s pretty neat!)

There’s lots of different types of panel prints and I would consider any fabric whose design runs from selvage to selvage to be in the panel print category as well, like ombre print fabrics where it’s very light at one selvage and very dark at the opposite. Lots of panel prints are a collection of images, with one larger central print and several smaller blocks. I like them all; do you have a favorite type?

So the first thing you’ll want to do when using a panel print is to cut it out accurately. This may be old news for some, but I like to think that someone, somewhere wants to start quilting today and I’d like to be a good resource for him or her, so I’d recommend this short video about fussy cutting from Sara Gallegos. I’m a big fan of fussy cutting, panel print or otherwise, so I found it interesting.

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Another really cool and kind of adventurous technique is to splice the panel and insert fabric strips to get a unique, graphic look. Sarah can walk you through that process too!

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Once you’ve got the panel cut (and spliced, if you care to), then it’s just a matter of figuring out how you want to frame it! The sky is the limit for this step, really, and one is only limited by their imagination. There are plenty of patterns to refer to, which I’ll get to in a bit, or you can try designing your own using basic piecing techniques. Here’s Sarah again, showing us how to make a piano key border, which would be an excellent choice for framing a panel.

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You could also use your favorite blocks, a combination of blocks, a series of border strips, and probably other ideas I haven’t even considered yet. Luckily, I’m not the only one thinking hard about working with panels. Many of the designers we work with like to use them as well and there are quite a few patterns available at Quilt&Sew Shop. But since a number of panel patterns can be pretty specific to the featured panel, sometimes kits can be a better choice. There are some great kits available too!

With the holiday season just around the corner (no, really, it is, especially in terms of sewing projects), I wouldn’t mind easing into it with this colorful, cozy quilt, Midnight in the Pumpkin Patch, designed by Elaine Theriault. I love the look of bright colors glowing against a dark background and this project does it perfectly.

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Midnight in the Pumpkin Patch by Elaine Theriault

The holiday season doesn’t slow down for anyone, so once this one is done it’s time to start thinking about Christmas! Christmas lovers are lucky since there are so many choices for them. Here are a few of my favorites–Frosted Holiday and The Magic of Christmas. I think the images are really cute and I especially like the border treatments on both.

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Frosted Holiday by Katie Doucette

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The Magic of Christmas by Sue Harvey and Sandy Boobar

Panels are especially great for kids’ quilts too. However, I came across the Ready for Takeoff kit and I am just about ready to buy it for myself! I think Renae used all the different elements so well, and the illustrations on the panel are great. I hope you agree!

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Ready for takeoff by Renae Lindgren

Speaking of kids and Christmas, have you seen this little Disney movie called Frozen? Did you like it? Do you want to build a snowman…quilt? We are lucky to have an exclusive kit design for Love of Quilting featuring that Olaf from Frozen and it’s pretty cute.

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Frozen Olaf Quilt

And since you’ve made it this far, I assume you like panels, and maybe even Frozen! So I should tell you about another panel that’s available, featuring sisters Elsa and Anna from the movie. It’s not a quilt kit, just a panel, but it’s currently on sale for about $5. I know many quilters don’t care about fabric bargains (LOL) but I’m letting you know since you may be the exception (LOLOL).

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Disney Frozen sisters panel

At the top of this blog I said I’d share my recent project using panel prints. I didn’t use them in a traditional way, though, I cut them all up! Read about my version of Santa Fe Sunrise here.

Happy quilting, panel print or otherwise!

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Design Wall Tuesday – Quilting with a Walking Foot

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday!

Thanks for stopping by to see what the editors of McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker have been up to in our sewing rooms. We’ve been busy!


From Content Director, Carolyn Beam:

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As I was organizing my sewing room, it became very obvious that I’m building quite a collection of quilt tops. I decided to tackle my pile and machine quilt one of them. I chose the I Spy quilt I worked on last week. Up to date, the machine quilting I’ve done on my domestic machine has been freeform. I really wanted to try some quilting using my walking foot, and this was the perfect top for it. I used the guide on my foot and quilted lines down the center of the sashing and 1″ inside each novelty charm square. It was easier than I thought.

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From Associate Editor, Gigi Khalsa:

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I’m making a lot of progress on my version of Santa Fe Sunrise! I wrote about my design, color choices and building of this quilt earlier, read about it here. I finished cutting the outer squares and I’ve started thinking about borders. I may do a dark inner border, then I have some beautiful gradient fabrics I could use for the side outer borders, which will fit the theme and look perfectly. I’ll have to think about an outer border for the top and bottom though. I’m going to leave this up on the wall for a while and think about it before I make a final decision.

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Santa Fe Sunrise


From Acquisitions Editor, Lori Baker:

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I started making a pieced back. It’s primarily pink and brown but there are a few green and blue fabrics too. When I get things sewn together a bit more, I’ll put the pieces on my design wall and if any of those green and blue fabrics “jump out at me,” I’ll either remove them or cut them into smaller pieces so I can spread them around a bit. What’s it for???I’m not sure. I just wanted to do some mindless sewing and improv piecing is super easy for me.

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From Associate Editor, Mary Kate Karr-Petras:

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Here’s a peek at the final units in production for my “I Love This Quilt!” remake of Geese in My Kitchen. I’ll be blogging about the completed quilt top soon (ICYMI, here’s my first blog post about this quilt).

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Flying Geese

From Associate Editor, Tricia Patterson:

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My big sewing project for the weekend was to make some bed pillow covers.
They’ve been on my To Do list for quite awhile. I made eight covers to complement
quilts. I currently have on the beds. I don’t typically tuck pillows under the
bedspread or quilt, instead leaving them outside, propped against the bed’s
backboard. A regular pillow cover, if fitted to the pillow size, exposes the pillow
inside. Not the best look. So, to get a nice almost-sham appearance I extend one side
of my pillow fabric 11” and use the extra length to create an envelope for the pillow
to fit into.

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I hope you’re getting some sewing done this summer. Let us know what you’re working on, and we’ll see you next week.

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Winter Galaxy Lap Quilt Pattern

Winter Galaxy Large1 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Winter Galaxy Lap Quilt PatternIt may be summer now, but winter isn’t *too many turns of the calendar away…as the year begins to wind down and we watch winter settle in, seize the freeze, slash your stash, and make a wintry lap quilt!

This week’s Friday FREE pattern download is for a 65½″ square lap quilt version of Winter Galaxy (the image to the right is of a bed size version). In this free project, four large Star Blocks combine with a clever sashing to create nine sparkling stars. Strip sets made with 4 width-of-fabric strips also make quick work of the 16-patch blocks.

Click here for the link to download the FREE Winter Galaxy lap quilt pattern.

Not *quite feeling like giving in to the call of cooler weather? While the Winter Galaxy quilt *does look great in icy batiks, you could always consider something different: multiple colors instead of monochromatic, or a different color palette altogether. What do you think?

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quilting Sept/Oct ‘17

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McCall’s Quilting Sept/Oct ’17 | On the cover: Night Brigade by Pam Boswell

Stars are the focus for McCall’s Quilting Sept/Oct ‘17 issue and we have a stunning variety of traditional and modern designs to share with you. Learn how to applique with felted wool while making Jo Moury’s elegant design Fall Stars. You will also find twenty-two different color combinations for all seasons, in patterns from table runners to bed runners and throw quilts to bed quilts. Let’s preview some patterns featuring curves, arrows, kaleidoscopes and more!

Night Brigade: Stars, stripes and a patriotic color scheme—what could be better? Pam Boswell’s clever design looks more complicated to make than it is. The units are made with basic patchwork techniques and it comes together quickly and easily. The stripes continuing into the 2nd border is a great finishing touch.

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Fall Stars designed by Jo Moury

Fall Stars: Jo’s lovely bed quilt embodies all the best things about fall—the warm, inviting colors, fluttering leaves, sparkles of golden light and comforting coziness. Wool leaf appliques add a warm, dimensional effect to the quilt. This design finishes at
93 1/2″ x 93 1/2″.

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Hocus Pocus designed by Jen Daly

Hocus Pocus: This Halloween table runner is no trick and all treat! Traditional blocks come together to make a frightfully delightful entertaining centerpiece that everyone will die for. An eye-catching composition makes this versatile pattern suitable for any holiday just by changing the color choices. Kit available.

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Up designed by Elaine Theriault

Up: With a quilt this dynamic, you’ve got nothing to hit but the heights! Easy Fast Flying Geese grouped according to a gradation of color and value create an uplifting pattern in this large 60″ x 72″ modern throw. Pattern includes alternate layouts and design option ideas for you to make your own version of this fun and easy quilt.

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Dreamcatcher designed by Denise Russart

Dreamcatcher: Finally, an extra long twin size quilt pattern to make all your dreams come true! Large blocks and basic piecing techniques mean that this modern, stylish bed quilt sews up fast finishing at 72” x 96”. The dynamic block design works with any prints or color combinations. If you’ve dreamed about a fun pretty bed quilt pattern that you can make in a snap, this may be just the pattern for you!

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Sprockets designed by Tammy Silvers

Sprockets: The Space Age may not have brought us flying cars or robot maids, but it did give us the fun and quirky sense of design seen in this batik throw that gradates from light to dark. A mix of easy foundation piecing and template piecing creates the Kaleidoscope Blocks. Kit available.

There’s much more inside McCall’s Quilting Sept/Oct ‘17 issue; preview all the patterns for a more complete look.

Giveaway!

We are giving away print copies of McCall’s Quilting Sept/Oct ’17 to three lucky winners! Leave a comment about what you find most inspiring from the Sept/Oct ’17 issue preview, by midnight July 31st. Winners will be chosen and notified on Tuesday, August 1st.

Winners of the Sept/Oct ’17 Issue Giveaway are: Nancy Lewis, Kaye M. and Cathy Cavagnaro. Winners have been notified by email.

Warm Greetings,
The McCall’s Quilting Team

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Workshop Wednesday: Selecting Fabric for Scrap Quilts

In a recent Workshop Wednesday post, I wrote about the basics of selecting fabric for a quilt. This week, let’s take things up a notch and talk about selecting the right fabrics specifically for a scrap quilt.

I can hear some of you saying, “But if it’s a scrap quilt, then why do I need to worry about how to select fabric? Anything goes when you’re making a scrap quilt, right?”
In theory, yes, you’re right. In practice, however, there are a few things to keep in mind.
You may have heard the quilters’ maxim, “Color gets all the credit, but value does all the work,” and boy, does it bear repeating in terms of scrap quilts. The best, most sparkling scrap quilts prioritize a fabric’s value—how light, medium or dark it is—over color and print every time.

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Case in point: the 1940s bow tie quilt I found in my local thrift shop a few years ago. I truly love this quilt and the fantastic variety of vintage fabrics in it, but it’s a great example of how putting fabrics together willy-nilly actually detracts from their effectiveness and makes it harder to see and appreciate them. Continue reading

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Design Wall Tuesday – Snowflake Quilts

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday!

Thanks for stopping by to see what the editors of McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker magazines have been up to.


From Content Director, Carolyn Beam:

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IMG 1105 300x225 Design Wall Tuesday   Snowflake QuiltsHi! I’m working on a new blog series for Quiltmaker—be sure to check it out starting August 4th. The biweekly series will focus on charm squares and I’ll be including tips, techniques and free charm quilt patterns. I worked on a quilt for the first blog. It’s a cute little I Spy quilt and went together really fast.


From Acquisitions Editor, Lori Baker:

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These two makeup bags were step-outs for a class I taught a long time ago. I’m never sure why something like this winds up hanging around unfinished in my sewing room for so long. It will take about 10 minutes to finish each one. Then I won’t have to think about them any more.


From Associate Editor, Tricia Patterson:

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PattersonTuesdayBlog 2017 07 18 300x225 Design Wall Tuesday   Snowflake QuiltsI can honestly say I had quilting on my mind all weekend. We’re in the process of remodeling a room to become the Fabric, Embellishments Room. I’m calling it that right now instead of Quilting Studio because I spent the WHOLE weekend negotiating plastic boxes: moving them, sorting fabrics and other materials into different boxes, discarding items to trash bags and placing items in donation boxes. I had boxes in the dining room where I’m currently storing them and the parlor and the kitchen. Fabric stacks everywhere. As I lovingly ohhh and ahhh over all the fabrics I’ve collected I generated new project ideas and boxes. At one point, my husband asked me—probably because he’s watched this crazy obsessive behavior a countless number of times— if I sorted differently now that I’m working for Quiltmaker and McCall’s. It’s a good question and caused me to pause for consideration. I think I was probably more intentional compared to the past to organize a single color way in one box for all the print fabrics, and separate boxes for solids and tone-on-tones and themed fabrics (e.g., reproduction, 1930’s). From my photo, it doesn’t look like I discarded many boxes, but I really did eliminate 10 large plastic boxes. And, now I’m all ready to move them straight into the new studio when it’s finished!


From Video Content Strategist, Caitlin Dickey:

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Block 2′s – units in progress

I made some progress on my snowflakes quilt. The unpressed units I shared a bit ago have now been pressed and joined into half blocks which I’m going to square up a little before sewing into full blocks. The second block of the two block quilt also has a whole bunch of units-in-progress. Since the seams don’t overlap on the two patches which needed joined after the last pressing, I’m sewing both patches on before taking them back to the iron. The pile in the upper right has the first of those two patches added. The pile in the lower left has both patches added already.

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Block 1′s – half blocks


See you next week when we share more of our weekend sewing! We’d love to see what you’re working on as well.

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PIGS: Focus, focus, focus – Observations about Finishing PIGS

PIGS = Projects in Grocery Sacks. Most of us have them. You may call them UFOs (Unfinished Objects) or WIPs (Works in Progress) but chances are good that you have a few or maybe more than a few stuffed in a drawer somewhere.

My personal goal is to finish one PIG a month but I’ve come to realize that I take more than one partially done project home from work each month so if I am ever going to catch up, I need to do more than one PIG a month. To be brutally honest, I’d have to do eight a month to finish the ones on my PIGS inventory. And the first item on that inventory is Orphan Blocks. I have no idea how many orphan blocks I have. Continue reading

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Catherine Redford’s Machine Quilting Guide

When a really good book comes along offering excellent instruction on how to quilt your quilts, we want you to know about it. Modern Machine Quilting by Catherine Redford is one of those books—we give this one 5 stars! Not only is the information indispensable, you’ll find it uses a dynamic visual approach to innovative finishing techniques.

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Catherine offers details on walking-foot quilting and free-motion quilting, but she also tells us how to make good quilting choices for successful outcomes, offers projects to put your new skills to use, and includes a gallery of quilts for inspiration. The book is designed to optimize learning how to use your home sewing machine for quilting and to be used as a journal, recording your stitches, making notes, jotting down ideas, etc. It covers all of the quilting bases—the perfect quilting companion. But, raving about this book isn’t going to give you a complete picture. We need to show you why we love it…

Walking-Foot Quilting

Catherine starts from step one and works her way up from there. She covers machine basics, getting started, quilting straight lines, incorporating more elaborate designs and she includes special details that make a big difference in how you quilt, like how to stitch over nesting seams. She answers those questions that don’t always get answered in books like this, such as, “What do I do if the standard hand position doesn’t work for me?” Finally, some options!

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Free-Motion Quilting

Catherine covers the basics of free-motion quilting so you feel you have a strong grasp on the concept. She also discusses, and illustrates, unusual designs that you may enjoy. And, after she’s given you the tools, it’s time to practice! As she notes in the image below, “A good way to practice your free-motion stitching is to use a suitable printed fabric on the back of your quilts and quilt from the back, using the printed design as your route map.”

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Designed for Quilting Success

You’ll find charts included in this book; remember, it’s meant to be a workbook, a one-stop shop. You’ll find charts, like the one below, for recording tension settings and stitches used. Referencing this information for future projects, alongside your quilting guidelines and instruction, will be a snap—it will all be waiting for you in one place. Brilliant!

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Inspirational Quilt Gallery

You’ve practiced your new skills, now it’s time to apply them. If you’re anything like us, you have plenty of UFOs awaiting finishing touches—in the unfinished pile because, other than stitch-in-the-ditch, we weren’t sure how to quilt them. After all, a Log Cabin quilt represents hours upon hours of hard work and we need to be sure that we have a solid plan when we go to quilt it. Catherine’s gallery shows you complimentary designs for your quilts, and now that you have the skills, your UFOs will become beautiful finished quilts!

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Still Not Convinced? Try This.

We’ve raved. We’ve explained. Now you’ll just have to try it for yourself.

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Instantly download this FREE quilt pattern—a lovely table runner brought to you by Catherine Redford. She recommends changing out your table runners according to the season and varying your quilting motifs for some valuable practice.

We can’t wait to see your designs! Share your machine quilting photos with us on our Facebook page. And, let us know how you like Modern Machine Quilting in the comments below.

Happy Quilting!
The McCall’s Quilting Team

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Polka Tot

Polka Tot 600px 300x300 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Polka TotQuilters love baby quilt patterns! So it’s no surprise that Abigail Dolinger’s Polka Tot baby quilt from the August/September 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts proved to be a quilter favorite. With simple blocks, adorable polka dot fabrics, and fun border treatment, it’s a real winner!

But what could be even bigger and better than a baby quilt full of polka dots? How about a twin size version of the same design? This week’s Friday Freebie is the twin size Polka Tot quilt pattern!

Download the FREE Polka Tot twin size quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

Have you missed any of our previous Friday Freebies? Click here to find them all!

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I Love This Quilt!: Santa Fe Sunrise

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Santa Fe Sunrise by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith

Have you looked through the new McCall’s Sept/Oct 2017 issue yet? On the last page, I talk a little bit about how I love the quilt Santa Fe Sunrise, deigned by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith. I think this pattern has so many possibilities for customization, just by switching up the fabric choices. So I decided to make a version of this quilt that is as different as possible from the original. Let’s see how I did! But first here’s a reminder of what Santa Fe Sunrise looks like. You can also click on this link to download the pattern for free, so you can make your own version.

This quilt is constructed from the center out, so that’s how I started planning. The first exciting part of my plan was realizing that the center square finishes at 18″. I have quite a few blocks on hand that I’ve designed and made for other projects that finish at 18″. So I decided to use a block I’d already made for that center square, rather than using yardage. It was a fun choice that would definitely affect all subsequent design decisions.

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Birdy block that finishes at 18″. Designed and made by Gigi Khalsa.

Once the center square was decided, I had to figure where to go from there! I had a few panels from Hoffman featuring beach scenes that were thematically and chromatically consistent with the center square. The style of the prints are very different, but I figured I might be able to fussy cut my way around that.

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Block with some panels and ombre prints

I was happy with the way the fabrics looked together so I started cutting. I had two of the panels on the left (I call it the serene one) and three of the panel on the right (This one I called dramatic), so I could definitely fussy cut around to get the colors and effects I wanted.

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Building the center medallion.

You can see that the top and bottom triangles don’t quite match up but it actually worked out great. One thing I really appreciate about this pattern was how the center medallion is trimmed to size before the pieced borders are joined. You can kind of see the line I marked for trimming. I needed to fussy cut all those big triangles to achieve the effect I wanted, rather than cut one big square and divide it into triangles. So the top and bottom triangles are a bit smaller than the pattern recommends, but large enough to get what I needed and still have a bit extra for trimming to size. Then it was time to plan the pieced borders!

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Center medallion with pieced borders.

And plan I did! I basically cut up the remaining ‘serene’ panel and one of the ‘dramatic’ panels to get most of the squares in the borders. The corner stripey squares are fussy cut from the panels from Robert Kaufman’s Vivid collection. I also have a few space-print squares cut from the Artisan Spirit Expressions panel from Northcott. I’m realizing I used a lot of panels in a very non-panel-y way to make this quilt!

Next are some more large triangles to be placed on each side of the diamond, along with some more piecing. I fussy cut the triangles again, to achieve a specific look.

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Growing quilt!

You can see how I had to introduce yet another print for those bottom triangles. Even though the print is very graphic and nothing like the photo-realistic panels, the colors were just right in my eyes and I decided to make it work. The big space print triangles were perfect for the top. The surrounding squares are more patches fussy cut from the panels. I have a few randomly sized patches left over from the panels, but I’ve pretty much used them all up at this point. And this is where I am now.

I’ve got to finish cutting the small squares for that outer border area, and I have a pretty good idea of what’s going there though it could change a tiny bit. The big thing I’ll have to consider next is what the heck I’m going to do for the final borders. I have a few ideas but nothing is for sure yet, so please stay tuned! I may have to do some piecing in the borders to continue the flow of color and stick with the theme.

I think it’s pretty wild how different my version looks from the original quilt! It’s the exact same pattern, besides that center square. I love it because I had an vague, kind of out there aesthetic in mind that I wanted to explore, and this pattern gave me a structure in which to do that. The piecing is pretty standard and the pattern is easy to follow, so all I had to think hard about were my creative choices. The large patches and the wonderful way they’re arranged gave me lots of creative freedom for personal expression; I really do love this quilt!

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