In issue 3, Quilt Now heads to Morocco with the rich colors and graphic patterns. It is kind of fun how this magazine has a theme each issue and the projects, fabrics and photo styling reflect that theme.
I wanted to show this issue in particular today because it has some really quality projects inside. Even though this is only issue 3 of a brand new publication, it already shows a lot of promise in my mind: the projects are actually on the challenging side! Editor Katy Jones (of I’m a Ginger Monkey) isn’t afraid to offer more than the basics and pack each issue full of inspiring sewing projects.
A favorite quilt pattern in this issue: Azteca by Emily Herrick. When I look at this piecing design, my imagination goes wild. It would a perfect use for Jelly Roll strips to showcase a favorite designer collection, or to use up bits and pieces in your scrap bin. The strips are not very big, so you don’t need much of each fabric. I also see a variation where you organize the color placement rather than piecing the feathered triangle units at random. If you have larger pieces of fabric, you could make all the ones pointing the same direction in horizontal rows the same, creating a sort of jagged flying geese pattern.
My next favorite quilt: Medina by Katy Jones. I just like the look of the all over stars, it reminds me of something my sister would make. Katy’s version is really scrappy, which is always great in my book, but it would be fun to experiment with different color placement and organization within the stars. You could also change the whole look by setting the blocks differently: make a medallion around one of the large star blocks, or make five large and four small and then set them nine-patch style.
Finally: this article on Kantha quilting is so exciting to me! My mom and sister have both raved about quilting with perl cotton, using the larger quilting stitches as a decorative element on the quilt. The mini quilts shown in the pictures in the magazine are so fun! It gave me an idea that is a bit less commitment than a whole quilt. I am going to try doing a binding with this! Hopefully I will finish quilting my Hula Girl quilt today and will have time to hand stitch the binding Kantha style before I take it Sewtopia next week.
Obviously making quilts is my love, but looking at others’ quilts is so inspiring! it’s fun to look at projects in magazines like this and dream of how I might make them my own. Quilt Now is available by mail order from Pink Castle Fabrics and The Fat Quarter Shop. It is on newsstands in the U.K., I believe.
full disclosure: I am currently working with Katy Jones on projects to be featured in Quilt Now. The opinions and recommendations are still my own and honest ones. I have no affiliation with Pink Castle Fabrics or The Fat Quarter Shop. Those links are purely for information and convenience to you as a reader.