One of my favorite quilts from the past year, Ring Around, is now available as an individual pattern! Click here to visit my quilt pattern shop to order the pdf download now. Ring Around was originally published in Quilters’ Companion magazine in Australia, so for those who couldn’t get hold of that magazine, you can now make the Ring Around quilt, too. This is a new variation on my favorite ring style quilt, with a slightly more square-ish curve…it’s just as easy to piece as your usual curves, but really creates a unique and dynamic finished design. If you like curved piecing…even if you want to learn…you must make this quilt!
For fabrics, my sample was made with bits from my stash, no specific collection. There are a lot of Cotton and Steel prints and Art Gallery prints from various collections, too. Color-wise, this was one of those projects that came together over time and collecting, not specifically planned for this quilt. I think that we often do our best work when this happens…kind of spontaneous, like, “I am going to start a new quilt, and blue looks good today!”. I did a lot of the piecing in the fall of 2014 and finished the top at my first Sewtopia retreat in Salt Lake City.
Quilting on my sample was done by Darby Myers of Quilted Squid, and I used Hobbs Heirloom Batting and Aurifil thread. I would say we all make a great team! (-:
As far as the pattern…I hope to see some new color and style versions of this quilt. The pattern includes instructions to make a quilt like mine, which is 48″ square. I am planning to use mine for a wall hanging, but it would also be a fine baby or lap quilt. You could adjust the size easily by making more or fewer blocks. The pattern includes full size templates, just print and cut them out and you are all set.
I hope you are all warm and enjoying a brand new year wherever you are! I started classes again this week, and I am so excited about all the new things I will be doing. Thank you all for your kind comments and continued support when you buy my patterns. Life is crazy, but wonderful, too.