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.
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,
while others are graphic renderings of trees, ornaments and poinsettias.
My favorite print has to be these reindeer!
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.
I’m thinking it could be fun to have a variety of sizes in the same layout. Maybe something like this using 2 sizes:
or this using 3 sizes:
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!