It has been great fun visiting the other blogs earlier this week and seeing how the other designers approached their quilt designs. (And I enjoyed looking at some of their other blog posts to see what they have been up to – all great stuff – but I digress). Today I have a chance to share some insights into my quilt Pinwheels.
I have to admit that “naming” quilts is not my favorite thing to do. Sometimes a name can pop into my head – other times it is agony trying to come-up with something. But in this case it was easy- the quilt when it was finished reminded me of those little pinwheel spinning thingies I had as a kid.
A little back-story about choosing the blocks. We were sent this grid of blocks from the Kansas City Star Collection – and they sure do have a great collection of blocks. I had wanted to play around with the Kaleidscope and Spider Web blocks for a while, and when I saw the Spider Web block in the list, I snagged it..
I started playing around with different strip sets and figuring out how things might look. Paper and pencil are my first “go-tos” and then I move to Electric Quilt (I have EQ 7) to fine tune the design and play with colors.
I was also looking at how could I bring the fabric from the sashing and the corner triangles more into the block. By making the sashing strips the same color as the neutral background fabric it the block it makes the block appear to float on the quilt and helps the edges of the block to disappear. Here is the quilt in process on my design wall
The fabric: – I had been working with the Spin line of basics from Windham Fabrics. I just love the white tonals they have and also the bright primary colors and contemporary tonal prints – they seemed like a prefect match.
Then the next task was – how do I cut out the different components. Do I make plastic templates or I was wondering if there was a speciality ruler out there. Luckily I found out that Marti Michell had a ruler that would cut out the wedges and cut out the corner triangles (The book gives you a template for the wedge shape and tells you the exact size for the corner triangles). I like working with this ruler – it was so easy to use and it would also allow me (in the future) to play around with different sizes for the block.
And there is TRIPLE- TRIPLE –TRIPLE give-away today. Leave a comment below and you have a chance to win a copy of the book, a second lucky person will winl a set of Marti Michell Kaleido Rulers (large AND small)
AND for another wonderful prize from Marmalade Fabrics.
She is giving away a fabric pack that gives you enough fabric to MAKE THE QUILT!!!!