This week I am working on my Broken V quilt. The pattern is by Christa Watson, and is featured in her new book, “Machine Quilting with Style”. The book is in stores in September, but Christa sent me an e-copy so that I could try out one of the patterns.
I have to say, there are not many quilting books I actually Read. I am more of a picture girl! But as I have mentioned, my free motion quilting skills could use some work for sure…so I read the tips and ideas Christa uses in her book, and I was really impressed! A well written book that also features neat quilt patterns.
The pattern I chose uses rhomboid (or parallelogram) shapes, made by combining half-square triangles, with a single row of larger triangles forming a type of flying geese pattern. I have some of the pieces laid out above to see how it might start to look.
As I was putting together my pieces, I thought it would be fun to experiment with different ways to put these unique shapes together. I discovered that you can get a LeMoyne star with eight of the rhomboid shapes.
Of course this is just a fun scrappy free-form layout. But I do like the idea of laying the rhomboids out side by side for a basic scrap quilt with a twist (think smooshed rectangles!). This is a new shape for me…will be fun to sew up the quilt (I am following the pattern…this time) and then maybe experiment with other patterns using this shape in the future.
So next time you start a new pattern, before you sew it all up, try rearranging your pieces. You might discover a completely new design layout that is uniquely yours!