I thought it was a fitting time to look back at some of our favorite Quiltmaker patterns this year, so I asked QM staff to share what their favorite quilt is from 2013.
As a new quilter I am intrigued by the simplicity of Peg Spradlin’s fold and sew method demonstrated in Square Roots in March/April ’13. It is easy to understand and execute. This quilt design also gives a lot of room to experiment with color and fabric designs to create a variety of styles.
[Note: we like Peg’s Fold and Sew method so much that we invited her to submit blocks for a new column in our 2014 issues.]
My favorite is Konda Luckau’s Knit & Purl in the Sept/Oct ’13 issue. I love the illusion of dimension created by the colors, values and design. It was fun auditioning the fabrics to see how different combinations worked. (And I’m a terrible knitter—but I could easily sew a zillion triangle-squares with Triangulations.)
Note: Free knitting pattern inspired by the quilt Knit & Purl offered by our sister publication Love of Knitting (kit also available):
My favorite quilt is Crayon Box, designed by Denise Russart. Making each crayon was a little adventure, waiting to see how it looked when it was all put together. I spent a good couple of weekends hunkered in my sewing room, sewing crayons and catching up on Downton Abbey. It was really fun. (Do you know about our Jan/Feb ’14 cover quilt made with fabric inspired by Downton Abbey!?!)
And then, I couldn’t pick just one, another of my 2013 favorites is Bonnie Hunter’s Lazy Sunday. This was a 4-part mystery quilt that started in March/April ’13. I really love the soft Christmas colors in the version that I made–romantic and sweet. It’s one of my favorite quilts now.
If the criteria for favorite quilts includes what you made and sent pictures of, this year’s all time favorites would have to be all of the Seasonal Skinnies from Margie that appeared in March/April ’13, May/June ’13, July/Aug ’13 and Sept/Oct ’13. We saw lots of readers making these delightful small quilts.
If you want an easy way to collect all six of Quiltmaker’s 2013 issues, the digital compilation is the best way to get them all at once from QuiltAndSewShop.com. You’ll find patterns for all of the quilts shown above plus so many more.
What were your favorite Quiltmaker projects this year? Tell us all in a comment below.
From the Quiltmaker staff to all of our quilting “family”, we hope you enjoy your favorite people, quilts and other things this holiday season!