Happy Mail! This month’s issue of Love Patchwork and Quilting is a particularly good one, so I thought I would share my favorite projects and inspiration with you.
The cover quilt is by Nicole Calver (@snippets101) and is quite creative in the way it is put together. I noticed when I saw the whole quilt photo that the stars seemed to overlap…they weren’t pieced in your typical square and then set together in a grid. I read the pattern and loved how she put this together! Such a creative way to get a quilt without an obvious “block”. There is also a really pretty pillow pattern made with the triangle scraps left from cutting the star points on the quilt.
My favorite project in the magazine: “Summer Berry” by Laura Pritchard (@dimplestitch) made with Kaffe Fassett print fabrics in wonderful hot colors. I love the relatively simple design of a classic zig-zag, but the way she made it with the strips inserted is so creative! What a great quilt for using some of your most precious fabrics…big pieces show off the prints and the crisp white background makes the color pop.
I would like to try this with different background colors, too. How about alternating each ziggy row with a different solid color that contrasts with the prints? or….alternate the zig zags in black and white, with the background being the opposite, so each row alternates black on white, then white on black. Would be a striking modern piece.
How sweet is this foundation paper pieced quilt by Jo Avery (@mybearpaw). This totally reminds me of my mom…low volume print background with pretty candy colors for the blocks. This quilt would be easy to adjust for a variety of sizes by making more or fewer blocks…even a cute table runner or pillow!
I love how Jo used a spectrum of shades of the same color in each block. This creates such great movement. It would also be really pretty to make each block in a rainbow, like color wheels! Or add color to the center circles so they look more like suns or modern dresden plates.
I enjoy browsing quilting magazines each month…so fun to see the variety of quilting designs as well as the “newsie” stuff about fabric and new books. Love Patchwork and Quilting issue 24 is definitely worth a look this month.