You are among the first to see my latest pattern which I consider a huge accomplishment. Not so much that I made one more quilt, designed one more pattern, but because of the short time I got it completed. It’s amazing sometimes what we can accomplish when put to the test.
I’m talking about the new Block of the Month pattern I designed for Hoffman California Fabrics using many of the new batik designs they are introducing at International Quilt Market in Salt Lake City this weekend. I wanted my first Block of the Month pattern, called Ripples and Reflections, to be a little more complex than the usual design that has 12 blocks set in a grid. I chose to set the blocks on point and put them into larger blocks and put some cool borders to finish things off.
It may sound (and look) complicated, but really, I used just squares, rectangles and triangles sewn with traditional piecing. I think it’s the gorgeous array of jewel-toned batiks and hand paints I chose that really make this quilt eye-catching. While normally I lean toward the rich earth-tones, for this quilt I wanted sparkle – still with a watery/organic feeling. And of course I had to put chartreuse in the quilt! Funky greens are my favorite!
So what made this such an accomplishment? Well, from the time the fabrics I chose arrived a week ago Thursday from Hoffman, I had just 6 days to decide where each fabric would fit in the quilt, cut out and assemble the 90″ x 100″ quilt, all-the-while redesigning to suit the fabrics as I went. Then, travel the 3 ½” hours from Seattle to Portland (and travel home the same day) to have the quilt top photographed by my expert photographer, Deb Hollister, work with Deb and Anne Moscicki, who does all of my pattern covers, to color correct the photo and pop it into a promotional flier for Market and then overnight-ship the quilt to Market so it could hang in the Hoffman booth.
Whew – it makes me tired just writing about it! Oh, and did I mention that I gave 2 lecture/trunk shows and taught a class while co-hosting a 3 day retreat during this 6 days? And, I had to have an unplanned root canal a few days before the fabric arrived, so my mouth hurt for this whole time? Needless to say, I haven’t gotten much sleep in the last few weeks and have eaten a LOT of chocolate to keep me going.
But I am proud of how it turned out so (I guess) it was all worth it. I hope you enjoy exploring the quilt.