Making Moose Tracks

This week we launched our latest issue of Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. We are so excited about the variety of fantastic quilts in this issue. You can check out all the projects in this issue in the online Table of Contents.

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I designed a quilt that appears in this issue too! It is based on my block, Triangle Tracks, which appears in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 5.

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Triangle Tracks


I rotated every other block for a woven effect in the quilt center and enlarged units from the block for the border. It’s an easy way to take your design from simple to WOW!

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When I design, I like to work in grayscale first and play with the placement of the values to get different effects. It also gives me an idea of how many different fabrics I may be looking for. This one has 4 values (white, light gray, medium gray and black). Look how different this looks with a dark background instead of the light one above.

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I decided I preferred the striking nature of the dark background. I found some beautiful fabrics from E.E. Schenck, Serenity Taupe Prints by Daiwabo. I am not typically a “brown” kinda gal , but I loved the richness of these fabrics! Awesome, don’t you agree?!

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Next, I played with color placement – much like I do with the grayscale version.  Here are a couple of options I considered.

All brown values with a light background. Hmm, not quite.

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All brown values with a dark background. Getting closer…

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What if I introduce another color to liven it up a bit?

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I think I still prefer the dark background better, but like the idea of another color with the browns. What about…

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That’s it! We have a winner. Here is my finished quilt. I’m really happy with how it turned out.

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The fabrics give it a nice masculine and sophisticated feel. You could easily make it more feminine or modern with different fabric choices. Look at these options for some inspiration!

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Make your own version of  Moose Tracks using the complete instructions in Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Fall ’12. This issue can be found at quilt shops and on newsstands now. Shop local if you can, otherwise it is available at buy the print version or buy the digital (PDF) version. Enjoy!

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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7 Responses to Making Moose Tracks

  1. Donna G says:

    I’m a relatively new quilter and wonder what the difficulty level is for your beautiful Moose Tracks quilt. This doesn’t look to be easy and probably would be rated as intermediate …but, it could also be challenging! I think I’d like to know the difficulty level before I attempt this project. Thanks for responding. Quilt is just beautiful!!

  2. Tony Meier says:

    Love the finished quilt. It’s very masculine and could easily be added to an entertainment room or “man cave”! Do you have close ups of the Serenity patterns you chose from the cap set?

  3. Very cool! I would love to try this in greens and browns for one of my son’s. :-)

  4. Linda LaRose says:

    Love the final look you achieved. Seeing your thought process in print makes my color choices easier, too. Thanks for the extra colorways!

  5. Bonnie Meadows says:

    I love this. What a great pattern using triangles. I have to try this.

  6. Marcia K says:

    I love your version, and the fabrics that you chose to do it in!

  7. Patty Hall says:

    Love this! I’ve been looking for a design for a quilt for my 21 yo son.THink this might be it.

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