Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Sometimes you do need a quick easy and effective pattern

Most of us enjoy the challenge of a more complex pattern, or an original design, and the process of working through the steps slowly, watching the overall design build up. But sometimes you either need or want to make a quilt quickly, fairly easily, but still with some design punch.

These two patterns, made freely available online could fill that brief, and will be filed for use in our community quilts program. They are ideal for precuts (layer cakes, precuts) waiting for an idea, or to cut from yardage or scraps:

Layers of Charm, from The Fat Quarter Shop. Images of the quilt made up a wide variety of fabrics, with colour, value and print/solid choices giving different looks have been appearing on social media - a few examples are here (Kitty Wilkin, Night Quilter), here (Elizabeth Timmons, and pins) and here (Daisy, ants to sugar), for starters.

Double Slice, from Missouri Star Quilt Company. The video tutorial dates from 2011, but the pattern is still attracting new makers, in all kinds of fabric combinations. Poppyprint made hers in the very popular Cotton and Steel range. A Maiden Hair Fern gives a picture tutorial in a recent range, Comma, from German fabric designer, Zen Chic.   This version, in cream and black prints was posted by the long-arm quilter.

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