Sunday April 20, 2014
Tudor Rose finishes at 14-inches square, a bit larger than some quilt blocks. My layout doesn't use the contrast typically seen for Tudor Rose, because I wanted the darker parts of the quilt block to blend somewhat where they meet. I repeated the fabric used for corner triangles in the small squares, hoping to make the darker areas appear to float above the light, and included cutting instructions for another method that will increase the float.
As always, change the colors and values to suit your own style.
Tudor Rose Quilt Block Pattern
Thursday April 17, 2014
Interlocking Chains can be customized in any way you wish, and each block is sewn with just three contrasting fabrics. My blocks have chains against a light background, but bright quilting fabrics against black would be stunning. A pure white background would give the design a very contemporary feel.
Interlocking Chains is quick pieced -- I've altered its traditional dimensions just a bit to allow easy rotary cutting. Not a template in sight!
Interlocking Chains Quilt Block Pattern ->
Wednesday April 16, 2014
Contrary Wife is a nine patch quilt block that finishes at 12" x 12". It's easy to make, and you can experiment with color and color value to create a block that's either vibrant or subdued. My quilt block definitely falls into the 'subdued' category -- I was experimenting with a border stripe fabric. Choose completely different fabrics to customize your own quilt blocks.
Contrary Wife Quilt Block Pattern
Monday April 14, 2014
Like other quilts, Red Light Green Light can be personalized in so many ways. I love florals, and can see it as a 'watercolor' style quilt, where the florals melt into each other. And batiks would be perfect, too. Simply change the fabrics to customize the pattern.
Elaine made the quilt for her grandson, and added a set of toy automobiles. The quilt's 'roads' are perfect pathways for the little cars. A portion of Elaine's quilt is shown here, and a corner is folded over to show a bit of the embroidery work she added to the backing.
The quilt finishes at about 59" x 79", and straight grain pieces of fabric help make it easy to assemble, since there are no stretchy bias edges.
Red Light Green Light Quilt Pattern
New quilters might want to read a few important tutorials before working on the quilt: