By Nancy Purvis
Choosing which design to share today was no easy task, they were all so tempting. I settled on the Mesa pattern, but rather than make a quilt I decided to make pillows as my sister has been waiting for new pillows for far too long! "Pillows for my sister" has been on my to-do list all year, oops!
To make the pillows I followed the instructions in the book to create three pieced sections then added strips of background fabric to bring it up to pillow size. I learnt a new technique in the process, how to make two half rectangle triangles at a time. Nancy's diagrams made it really easy!
I love Nancy's addition of narrow strips at the bottom right of her quilt so I've added those to my pillows too. When it came to quilting, I stuck with my favourite, serpentine stitches using my walking foot. I like the contrast between the soft curves of the quilting and the sharp angles of the piecing.
Background fabrics: Robert Kaufman's Essex Yarn Dyed in Graphite and Black
Feature Fabrics: Liberty of London Tana Lawn in Mitsi C and Growth Pond from Bound by April Rhodes for Art Gallery.
Finished Size: 20"
About the bookNancy has used a wide range of techniques to create her quilt designs (including y-seams, paper piecing, applique and improv) and the book details everything you need to know with clear diagrams and instructions, you're sure to learn something new.
There's a great chapter on finding inspiration and developing your own style and designs. My favourite piece of advice from this section is 'don't be afraid of mistakes', oh yes, very good advice. I plan to re-read this chapter on a regular basis.
And then there're the 16 innovative designs. Here're a few of my favourites..
11/10- Michelle Wilkie of Factotum of Arts
11/11- Hillary Goodwin of Entropy Always Wins
11/12- Karen Lewis of Karen Lewis Textiles
11/13- Anna Graham of Noodlehead
11/16- Rachel McCormack of Wooden Spoon Quilts (you are here:)
11/17- Tara Larson of Rad & Happy
11/18- Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane
11/19- Holly Hughes of Holly Gets Quilty
11/20- Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft
11/23- Pat Bravo of Pat Bravo Fabric Design and Jesse Maloney of Art School Dropout
11/24- Astrid Slagle of Red Red Completely Red
11/25- Holly DeGroot of Bijou Lovely
11/26- Christopher Thompson of The Tattooed Quilter
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Disclaimer: the book was provided by Interweave but all opinions are my own.
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