The Nov/Dec ’10 issue of Quiltmaker features a clever technique from Anita Grossman Solomon in a block called Anita’s Arrowhead. Our staff was eager to try it out. Each staff member chose Christmas fabrics from one manufacturer to make a unique version of Anita’s Arrowhead. All the quilts contain 42 blocks and measure about 51″ x 60″. Below, Carolyn Beam, QM Creative Editor, shares some thoughts about her Arrowhead project.
I was drawn to the interesting motifs as well as the colors in the Fruitcake collection by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics. My Christmas palette is normally the traditional red and green, but the addition of teal and brown added a lot of variety and interest. So I was up for the challenge of working with fabrics a little out of my comfort zone.
The collection has different motifs ranging from the more classic, including snowflakes and holly, to a little more whimsical with snowmen and ornaments.
I also chose a couple of the stripes and tone-on-tones.
When organizing the fabrics for each block, my goal was to never pair the same fabrics twice. I was pleased with how the variety of motifs worked well together in different combinations. When I was arranging the blocks into rows, I tried to distribute the stronger tone-on-tone red and the dark brown evenly to keep your eye moving all over the quilt.
This block was so much fun to make—I’m anxious to work with it again!