Anita’s Arrowhead Staff Challenge: Robert Kaufman Fabrics

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, Denise Starck, QM Graphic Designer, shares some thoughts about her Arrowhead project.

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Never one to be called “traditional,” I was drawn to the unexpected color palette of this Robert Kaufman fabric line; red, lime green, pink and blue. At first glance, it’s not blatantly Christmas which I really like. The tone-on-tone fabrics really balance out some of the large-scale prints and help to give your eye a place to rest.

Many of the prints are geometric,
geometrics Anita’s Arrowhead Staff Challenge: Robert Kaufman Fabrics

while others are graphic renderings of trees, ornaments and poinsettias.
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My favorite print has to be these reindeer!
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This technique is so ingenious – I don’t know how Anita thought it up! I was inspired to see if I could make this block in different sizes. Here are my samples. They are 3″, 4.25″ and 5.5″ finished.

differentsizes Anita’s Arrowhead Staff Challenge: Robert Kaufman Fabrics

I’m thinking it could be fun to have a variety of sizes in the same layout. Maybe something like this using 2 sizes:

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or this using 3 sizes:

arrowheadlayout2 200x300 Anita’s Arrowhead Staff Challenge: Robert Kaufman Fabrics

or…
okay, okay, I’m getting a little carried away – but I just have so many ideas! Pick up Quiltmaker’s November/December ’10 issue and see for yourself!

A kit is available with these fabrics and the kit includes the pattern!

About Denise Starck

I am the Graphic Designer for Quiltmaker. I really love what I do and being able to combine my two passions, graphic design and quilting, into every day is fantastic! I've been quilting for over 14 years and enjoy all types of quilting.
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8 Responses to Anita’s Arrowhead Staff Challenge: Robert Kaufman Fabrics

  1. How do I get a Nov/Dec 10 quiltmakers mag. for the arrowhead pattern?

  2. How do I get a Nov/Dec 10 QuiltMakers mag.

  3. J Cchristoffel says:

    Try as I will, I cannon get 8″ squares to sew & trim any larger than 8.5″. The instructions say I should be able to ‘center and trim the block to 9″ x 9″. WHat am I doing wrong, or are the cutting or final trim measurements wrong? jchristo88@att.net

  4. This quilt was why I bought Quiltmaker at the grocery store last week. *grin* I dig the variations…. lovely!

  5. lisa says:

    I saw this one and I have to make it for my girls! I think they shoudl each get a special christmas quilt for their beds. I think I will be doing a print and a solid in each block instead of two prints.

    As far as your question goes, I like the layout of the three sizes best

  6. Claudia says:

    The third idea gets my vote. Overall, they all look like Christmas candy.

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  8. Carla says:

    I like the variation of the blocks better than the original pattern! I think I want to try a few of these blocks as a table runner. Can’t wait to get some sewing time!

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