Almost a year ago, the editor of Quilters’ Companion magazine (based in Australia) asked if I would be interested in creating a quilt for their issue on using Pre-Cut Fabrics. I was totally blown away and thrilled at the invitation, so of course I accepted, and this month the special issue was released containing my new pattern, Sparkle. Sparkle uses 5″ charm squares, a popular pre-cut widely available from many of the major fabric manufacturers. What I like about these pre-cut packs is that you can get a sample of fabric from an entire collection of prints without breaking the bank, or over flowing your storage space!
For my sample of Sparkle, I didn’t actually use a complete set of charm squares from any one collection. Instead, I started with charm packs of the Zen Chic collection, “Sphere” (spring 2014, from Moda) as my color inspiration, but added lots of other scraps from my stash to round out the prints and color variety. So, the quilt would be equally great made with actual pre-cut charm squares or scraps or stash fabrics, too.
This issue of Quilters’ Companion is also kind of a fun read…each quilt design and pattern is accompanied by a profile of the quilter who created it. It was pretty crazy to read an article about myself in a quilting magazine…Awesome does not even begin to describe it!
The writers did a wonderful job of describing my style, bio and love of quilting. There is even a peak at a brand new quilt design, featured in an upcoming issue of Quilters’ Companion that I think you all will love, but I won’t spoil the surprise! It was also fun to see RachaelDaisy featured along with a quilt she designed…one of my favorite ladies in the quilting world for her unique style.
The magazine is filled with great quilt patterns, many of them you would never guess were designed for pre-cuts. I love this “Exploding Hexagon” quilt by Kim Bradley. It is beautiful in the soft colors as shown, but I also think it would be a lot of fun in bright colors, or to play around with the placement of value to make different patterns within the patchwork.