True Colors

My favorite quilt is always the one I’m currently making. Picking a favorite quilt is … well … like picking your favorite child. Each quilt is special and has it’s own unique story. However, if I did have to pick a favorite quilt from my new book Simple Circles and Quick Curves, it might just be True Colors.

True Colors

True Colors

I had been thinking about making a quilt using black-and-white fabrics, with a splash of color, for a very long time. And, I love combining appliqued shapes and pieced blocks. So, for this quilt, I decided appliqueing a circle in the center of a half-square-triangle block was just the ticket.

True Colors blocks

True Colors blocks

For the circles, I decided I would use 12 colors from the color wheel to create a harmonious blend of hues and then place the circles atop a background of black and white.

Color Wheel

Color Wheel

Finally, it was time to dive into my stash! I have lots and lots of black-and-white fabrics.  And, I needed …err… wanted to use 6″ squares. No problem, or so I thought. I wanted black and WHITE, not black and cream. Turns out I did not have  56 fabrics with a black background and 56 fabrics with a white background. Which meant I needed more fabric! The sacrifices we make for our quilts. <wink, wink>

VIDEO: See my smart tip for centering circles

I use Electric Quilt (EQ7) to design all of my quilts. In my original design , I arranged the blocks on-point so the black background fabrics would create columns behind the circles.


EQ design of True Colors

When I arranged the blocks on my design wall, the columns just didn’t work for me. They were too … something. And, I couldn’t rearrange the blocks since the circles were arranged according to their color. So I scratched the columns and arranged the blocks on-point with the black background triangles on the left. Which meant I needed to change the placement of the border fabrics.

True Colors border

True Colors border

I love how the quilt turned out! And, in case you’re wondering, I didn’t miter the border! I used a half-square-triangle to create the look of a mitered border! Soooo much easier!

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You’ll find the pattern for True Colors in Simple Circles and Quick Curves along with other fun, scrappy quilts that you’re sure to love. If you already have a copy of Simple Circles and Quick Curves, please hop over to Amazon and post a book review. Then come back here and leave a comment. If you post a book review on Amazon, I will send you an autographed book plate for your book and a little something for your next quilt!!

Happy Quilting~Nancy

About Nancy Mahoney

I'm a traditional quiltmaker, teacher, and Martingale author. I enjoy traveling to guilds and events around the country, sharing my quilts, teaching my piecing and machine-applique techniques, and visiting gardens. You can find me on Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest.
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6 Responses to True Colors

  1. Leanne Leckkirk says:

    Beautiful quilt! I love the half square triangle for the mitered corners…wonderful idea. I love the look of mitered boarders but had not tried it yet. Now I will!

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  3. Gabi says:

    Ich bin ein absoluter Fan deiner Seite und deiner fantastischen Qiults!

    Liebe Grüße

  4. Geta Grama says:

    I love so much this quilt that I will start buying black and white fabrics. Thank you for inspiration, I shared your quilt with my readers.

  5. Kathy Harris says:

    I LOVE this quilt so much I’m going to make one just like it. I’ve been collecting black and whites for awhile but (wink, wink) I might need to shop for some more. I love sacrificing like that. LOL

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