Please join us in welcoming designer Kate Colleran from Seams Like a Dream as a guest blogger on Quilty Pleasures today! Kate is going to tell us all about the design process for her beautiful Pixie Pathways quilt from our spring ’17 issue of Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.
When I was thinking about created my original block that was in the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine, vol 14, Pixie Hearts, I wanted to create a heart that was made from squares. I also knew I wanted a chain element. I love blocks with chains in them. They draw the eye and help it move around the quilt. I designed my block with those two ideas in mind.
When I decided to make the block into a quilt, I chose to make the block a little smaller and move some elements around. The basics of the block are still there; the red heart shape formed with a square and a rectangle. But I moved the secondary hearts around. And, instead of one of them being pink, another a traditional heart color, I made the two secondary hearts blue and green. Those little changes, along with the stronger navy color in the chain section, really made the red hearts stand out.
The stronger chain color also helps the chain become a more visible secondary element. And using white sashing with small sashing squares in red, well, now there is a third element to see! I really love how this quilt came out!
The fabrics are from Bonnie and Camille’s Basic line for Moda and they compliment the pattern beautifully. My original block also used their fabrics from a line called Ruby. I guess I like their style!
Of course, you don’t have to copy my style with the fabrics. You could go more sophisticated with the a black, grey and white version with just a pop of red.
Or, if you like the fall colors, how about greens and browns with a pop of orange?
Or you could pick from the colors of summer, yellow, blues, greens and maybe a pop of hot pink.
Another favorite design element are blocks that can make the quilt look different just by turing them different ways.
You could make the chain squares form a horizontal zig zag.
Or a vertical zigzag.
Or make them into straight lines on the diagonal.
There are lots of possibilities.
I would love to hear what colors and what setting you will choose for your Pixie Pathways quilt!
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Thank you for joining us today, Kate!
If you’d like to make Pixie Pathways and don’t have a copy of our Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks spring ’17 issue, print and digital copies are available in our online store.
A digital pattern is also available for Pixie Pathways.
For more quilting fun with Kate, check out her online course: Creative Quilting for Home Decor. Kate will show you how to make quilted pillows, table runners, table toppers and placemats during this fun online learning experience!