The newest issue of AQ (American Quilter) magazine is brand new in many ways, and features a new quilt and pattern designed by me called Skopelos! I made Skopelos last spring with the fabric collection of that name by Katarina Rocella for Art Gallery Fabrics. The colors in these fabrics are so vibrant and the depth of the print designs is signature Katarina. She has proven to be so talented in her brief time in the quilting market…I am so excited to keep sewing with her fabrics! The quilting is by Darby Myers of Quilted Squid, batting is Hobbs Heirloom, and I used Aurifil thread (thank you!).
For the Skopelos pattern, I used my favorite curved piecing, but tried a new template: the rings are slightly square-ish but the circles formed by the navy blue “petals” are still true. I wanted to turn the classic ring motif upside down and did something completely new with fabric placement. I laugh a little and joke that the result looks like steering wheels (-: but the more you look at the pattern, the more different shapes and patterns appear, and I love that! This would be a fun one to experiment even more with creative print and color placement.
This marks the first 2016 issue of AQ, and they have really made improvements…you may have noticed in the past it featured lots of quilting and AQS news and features, but not a lot of projects for readers to make. This issue is packed with quilts and patterns for experienced quilters. So, if you are interested in some challenging piecing and making a beautiful quilt, give AQ another look. The magazine is now available at craft and book stores.
Have a great week (I am going into finals at school…working hard, but really looking forward to the holiday break!)