Today we’re welcoming designer Jenny Beck from Bit of Tea & Honey as a guest blogger on Quilty Pleasures. She’s going to tell us all about her red-and-white Peppermint Swirls quilt featured in our November/December 2016 issue. This throw/twin size quilt finishes at 68″ x 82″:
Hello Quiltmaker readers! I am so pleased to be here with you today.
I was inspired by a vintage quilt when I created the pattern for Peppermint Swirls. I love looking to the past when looking for design ideas. What’s interesting to me is that even though a design might be antique, it can look modern if you change the size of a block or the fabrics it’s made with. This quilt fits that bill to me.
I usually look to my own interiors when I am designing – often I decide where a quilt will go in my home (or a recipient’s home) as a guiding point in the design. That’s how the idea for red and white started. My living room is red and aqua.
The mechanics start with pencil and graph paper. I just find that it’s the easiest way: I can erase or change lines easily. Sometimes it requires taping a few sheets of paper together! After I get it just right, I grab my scrap fabric and make some test blocks. If that works I put the design down in a a computer program – EQ7 or Illustrator.
Here’s a quick tip for making this quilt: After you sew your strips together, press your fabric carefully, so as to not stretch or distort your fabric. Then, when cutting your pieces from the strip set, remember to check that you are still square after every two or three cuts.
I really loved making this quilt and hope that you enjoy making one too. Please share your creations with us! And a giant thank you to Quiltmaker magazine for allowing me to share.
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Thank you for joining us today, Jenny!
If you’d like to make Peppermint Swirls and don’t have a copy of our November/December ’16 issue, print and digital copies are available in our online store.
A digital pattern is also available for Peppermint Swirls.