Today we’re excited to welcome designer Sharon Parcel as a guest blogger on Quilty Pleasures! Sharon is going to tell us about her beautiful Skip to My Lou quilt patterned in our May/June 2017 issue of Quiltmaker. This lovely design combines a traditional block with modern playful fabric. The quilt finishes at 57″ x 63″, and we’ve also included ideas for alternate sizes and color options in the magazine!
Hello! I am Sharon Denney Parcel, a long time quilter and an aspiring quilt designer. I am happy to be able to share my quilt, Skip to My Lou, which is in the May/June 2017 issue of Quiltmaker.
The inspiration for the quilt came from an article written by Gerald Roy. In the article, he shared a picture of a Bird in the Air quilt, circa 1880. The quilt had never been finished, and the top was put away rather than completed. Mr. Roy speculated that it may have been because it was not set in the traditional style or the color was neither practical nor popular at the time.
I clipped the article and saved it … thinking that I really liked the setting. There are no patterns available to for the quilts in the Pilgrim/Roy collection, and Mr. Roy hoped that the quilts would inspire one to create a quilt of their own.
As you can see, it is a simple 6” Birds in the Air block. When Art Gallery Fabric’s Playground line came out, I knew I wanted to sew up a quilt with it! I love to play with lots of fabrics and decided to do it in a controlled scrappy theme. You might think this is a lot of Half Square triangles, but listen to an audio book or a podcast and you will have them sewn in no time!
When I make HS triangles, I cut my squares larger and trim down with my Tucker Trimmer. I quilted it with a simple wavy line on the diagonal on my Janome Horizon 7700. The border is filled with free motions scrolls.
It really is a sweet quilt and I know you all will come up with your own ideas … and I hope you share them with me on Instagram with the hashtag #skiptomylouquilt.
A huge thanks to the editors for the article showing their variations of settings with the block. I wonder what you might come up with.
Please stop by for a visit to my blog, YellowCatQuiltDesigns.com. My helper, Bella, aka the yellow cat, is usually curled up asleep nearby on whatever I happen to be working on.
Grace and peace,
Thank you for joining us today, Sharon!
If you’d like to make Skip to My Lou and don’t have a copy of our May/June ’17 issue, print and digital copies are available in our online store.