Today we’re welcoming designer Heidi Pridemore from The Whimsical Workshop as a guest blogger on Quilty Pleasures! She’s going to tell us about her I Got the Blues quilt she designed for our November/December 2016 issue:
Hello fellow quilters, I am so happy to be a guest blogger for Quiltmaker. I am also excited to share my I Got The Blues quilt that is featured in the November/December ’16 issue #172.
Our design studio The Whimsical Workshop designs hundreds of quilts a year for many of the major fabric companies in the industry. This gives me the opportunity to see the newest lines that are coming out ahead of the release. There are so many beautiful groups out there that I have to say it is very difficult to choose a group for a magazine feature when they come across my desk.
The collection Flight from Moda Fabrics was unique and contemporary group that caught my eye. One look at the collection and I envisioned a quilt of a contemporary design with large background areas to show off the various cream prints that was how I Got The Blues was born. After the quilt was designed, I loved the way the background areas read as one neutral background from a distance but the closer you look, you can see all the different patterns in the fabrics.
To offset all the different prints in the background, I kept the main part of the block simple with just two blue prints. This creates calm areas throughout the quilt. In a way, the use of fabrics in the quilt are playing opposite roles. Usually the background is one or two fabrics and meant to fade away and the main areas of the quilt have the busy prints to show off. But by switching these roles in the fabric in the design creates a contemporary look. This just goes to show, what happens when you play with the fabrics and the blocks and change the rules.
I can see this quilt pattern working with different types of fabric not just these neutrals. I believe a quilt takes on the personality of the prints used. Though I Got the Blues has a very neutral and masculine feel to it, you could use bright whimsical prints to create a fun kids quilt. Consider using graphic black and white prints with a splash of color to create a very modern look. I hope you have as much fun with pattern as I did. I would love to see what you come up with, please email me the images if you play with this.
Please visit my blog heidipridemore.blogspot.com each month where I will share with you some tips and tricks on cutting and assembling of a free project of the month along with posting the free pattern on our website The Whimsical Workshop.
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Thank you for joining us today, Heidi!
If you’d like to make I Got the Blues 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 I Got the Blues.