Today we’re welcoming designer Cheryl Brickey as a guest blogger on Quilty Pleasures. She’s going to tell us all about her Kiku quilt featured in our newest special issue:
Hi everyone! I’m Cheryl Brickey from Meadow Mist Designs and I am guest posting here at Quiltmaker to give you a behind the scenes look at my Kiku quilt that appeared in the Fall 2016 edition of Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.
The Kiku quilt was built from my block called Cloud Burst which appeared in the 100 Blocks Magazine Vol 14. Cloud Burst is a paper pieced block design with some unusual angles and shapes that I designed in EQ7 by utilizing the Kaleidoscope Block function within the Serendipity block design tab. I started with one of my simpler block designs, applied the Kaleidoscope Block function, and then continued to experiment with the design until I came up with Cloud Burst.
One of my favorite things about the block was the secondary patterns that emerge when the block are combined into a quilt top. Kiku combines one column of full blocks along with half blocks on either side to complete the secondary elements. You can see the pattern emerge as the pieced blocks are arranged together.
The pieced blocks were placed on asymmetric negative space for a more modern feel. I think that the darker background makes the piecing pop. The fabrics used in Kiku were Kona Cotton Solids and Crosshatch by Carolyn Friedlander, all generously donated by Robert Kaufman. Johellen George of Cabin Quilt Studio (a super talented longarm quilter in my local guild) quilted Kiku for me in a double loop pattern.
I’ll leave you with a paper piecing tip: If you are making a quilt with a lot of the same paper pieced blocks (such a quilt like Kiku) and you want to speed up your piecing, try increasing the fabric piece sizes slightly by 1/4″ to 1/2″. By using larger fabric pieces, you can be less precise with the fabric placement and therefore piece much faster. Sizing up does waste a little extra fabric, but really speeds up the paper piecing process.
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Thank you for joining us today, Cheryl!
If you’d like to make Kiku and don’t have a copy of our Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Fall ’16 issue, print and digital copies are available in our online store.
A digital pattern is also available for Kiku.