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06

Quilt Inspiration and Making Yours Unique


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Gossamer quilt, pattern by Sharon McConnell

This post is a bit of a throwback (only about a year), but I realized I never shared this finished quilt! I wanted to show the quilt today as an example of one quilt inspiring another and how you can make small changes to patterns to fit your needs or make it unique for you.

As background, I created this quilt design specifically to show off “quiet” or light color fabrics. I had a collection in my stash of these beautiful pastel prints, and then Art Gallery Fabrics released a collection called Minimalista, which I fell head over heels for. That stash, plus the Minimalista prints needed a quilt design that would  help them shine.

Gossamer quilt, pattern by Sharon McConnell

I made this quilt, not sharing it along the way in hopes I could maybe submit it to be published at some point in a magazine. It turns out that it became the design that my Gossamer quilt was based on…a perfect showcase of the Gossamer fabric collection (also by Art Gallery Fabrics and Sharon Holland) when it was released late last year. The Gossamer quilt was then published in Quilt Now last March (see post about that Here).

I tell this story because some patterns are so perfect for specific fabrics (or types of fabrics), just like the Gossamer pattern worked so well with my stash of light fabrics, and then for showcasing the collection it was named for. Finding the right fabrics for your quilt pattern is so important.

I did make some changes. As you can see, this quilt (I tend to call it my Minimalista quilt) has a darker print square on-point between the cross shapes (above). This adds a slightly different design element and focal point that isn’t present in the Gossamer quilt.

Gossamer quilt pattern by Color Girl quilts

If you decide to make the Gossamer pattern, or any other pattern, try looking for secondary patterns within the piecing, or potential places to add your own spin. In this case, the squared pinwheel shape gives Gossamer (above) a scrappy look, but the on-point square in the other quilt offers an added geometric piece to the quilt, as well as an opportunity to use some small scraps of fabric.

I find myself doing this with lots of my own quilts. As I am making them, I think: “next time I would do that differently” or “the pattern changes when you switch the value or color of these two pieces”. Some of my patterns include these suggestions so you can make yours unique or try out one of the ideas I didn’t have a chance to do.

Happy Sewing!

Sharon

 

 

 

 


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  1. pam hansen September 6, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    I really like both quilts and look forward to making my own.

  2. Jacqueline Skarritt September 6, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Your quilts are always such a pleasure to see! I simply love your designs and color choices….. Wish I had the time to make them all! Are you by any chance coming to Glamp Stitchalot (Pink Castle Fabric sponsored) in November? I’m attending and would love to meet you if you are attending!

  3. Velda September 6, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    You know what, this is one of my favourite quilts. I would love to have a stash like yours.

  4. Helen LeBrett September 7, 2015 at 2:31 am

    this is just beautiful!! I hadn’t noticed the spinning around the square, but love it now that I see it! You do have such a great way with quilt design and fabric placement!! This is another I’d love to make, but I need to do the other 2 patterns of yours that I have first!! 🙂 Hugs, H in Healdsubrg

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