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.
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.
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.
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>
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.
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.
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!
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!!