Way back in 2002 or 2003, when I was a pretty new quilter, I often read two quilt magazines: Fons and Porter Love of Quilting and American Patchwork and Quilting. I loved how APQ had a quilt tester who sewed up a sample of the featured projects in a different color combination, fabric and layout. These projects were really inspiring and I though the magazine was brilliant for having this feature.
I thought that Fons and Porter ought to do the same thing and I was convinced that was the job for me. (-: I set about taking photos of the quilts I had made so far and wrote a little presentation and sent it off to Fons and Porter asking to be their tester. Now, understand that this was before I had very sophisticated technology, so what I sent were actual photographs and the letter printed on my home printer on pink bordered stationary I bought at Staples. It was pretty rudimentary and now I look back and smile at myself. I never heard from Fons and Porter, but I kept quilting and wishing for that job! (-:
Can you guess what happened? Being a tester and coming up with creative, inspiring variations on patterns continued to be something I wanted to do (and, in reality, what I did every time I made a quilt). At the end of last year (what? 16 years after my first attempt?), I worked up my courage and sent an email to the editor of APQ to ask if I could do testing projects for her. And she said Yes!!
I tell you this story because I think it’s funny. And a bit amazing that I’ve been a quilt maker and quilt lover for all those years and now I have a quilting gig that I have wanted in the back of my mind for soooo many years. If you look through your American Patchwork and Quilting magazines for 2018, you’ll see some of the projects I’ve tested.
I’m also telling you this story because the most recent test project I made is now a free pattern on the All People Quilt website. It’s also my favorite of the ones I’ve done so far!
This basic little design is super easy to sew, but has lots of potential for unique and creative spins. Try rotating the blocks to change up the pattern made by the four patch squares. Play around with value to emphasize some shapes and patterns over others. Use your favorite prints from your stash…this little wall hanging is the perfect way to display and enjoy that special fabric you’ve been saving.
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