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, June Dudley, QM Editor-in-Chief shares some thoughts about her Arrowhead project.
I was drawn to Robyn Pandolph’s Fancy Hill Farm for RJR Fabrics: very traditional red and green colors, but in roses that give it life well beyond Christmas. The prints have variety in scale from large to small and there are so many coordinates—dots, stripes, solids and tone-on-tones.
After watching Anita Grossman Solomon demonstrate her technique when she visited with Quiltmaker staff earlier this year, I was eager to try it for myself. You really have to try one block just to see how it works. (By the way we’ve been hearing from readers who are questioning the dimensions before they even try the technique—let me assure you that the instructions ARE correct. Please make just one block to see how it works!)
After making my blocks I auditioned several layouts. Most of my blocks had very strong contrast, but I liked the mushy ones that were low contrast as well.
I tried mostly to keep the darkest fabric in the same position from block to block as I laid them out.
First I tried to evenly distribute the darkest blocks across the quilt:
Next I brought the lighter blocks more toward the center:
I kept rearranging the blocks and eventually decided to put the more dominant red blocks in the upper left corner, with the more dominant green blocks in the lower right corner, blending the colors through the center as seen in the photo at the top of this post.
Lesson learned: when working with one block made from a variety of prints, try different layouts. Take pictures along the way so you can compare them to see which one you like best.
Thanks Anita for sharing your innovative technique with Quiltmaker!
Quiltmaker Nov/Dec ’10 is on sale now at quilt shops and newsstands.
If you can’t find it locally it’s also for sale at QuiltandSewShop.com. Update: the print version of this issue has sold out. It is available digitally at QuiltandSewShop.com.