Today we’re welcoming designer Jessie Kurtz as a guest blogger on Quilty Pleasures! Jessie designed the Everlasting Memories quilt featured in our Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Fall ’16 special issue.
It’s a pleasure to be a guest on the Quiltmaker blog today! I’m Jessie Kurtz, pattern designer at Harding Hill Designs.
I’m excited to share my quilt Everlasting Memories from the Fall 2016 edition of Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. It’s a quilt that evolved from a block I designed for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11. called Hopscotch.
One of the things I love about this quilt is the secondary design that’s created when the blocks are sewn into rows. The center medallion also adds a great focal point, but comes together quickly!
When I’m designing a block or a quilt, I start in Adobe Illustrator with shapes and colors. I usually spend hours playing around with placements and design. After I’ve designed the block, I do the same thing in Illustrator with full quilt layouts using the block. At this point I’ll add and subtract different design elements such as sashing, borders, or secondary borders, along with color and value changes to different elements. It’s fun to see all the changes and how one element can have such a big impact on the final design. I love when everything comes together!
It’s fun to show people how different a quilt can look just by color choice or the orientation of a block. During several blog tours on my blog for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks issues, I’ve showed different layouts and options for each block I’ve had included in different issues. From those blog posts, which you can read here, here, and here, came the idea for my first book, One Block Remix. The book includes 10 different quilt patterns all using one block. Each quilt has it’s own unique look, but the foundation is the same strip-pieced block. It’s always exciting when people see the book and see all the different ways one quilt block go. People see that the sky’s the limit when it comes to their own creativity!
I hope you all enjoy this issue of Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks (I know I am!) and use it to create something unique and special to you! Remember … your quilts don’t have to be perfectly sewn to be perfectly awesome. Keep quilting, keep sewing, and keep creating!
Cheers and happy quilting!
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Thank you for joining us today, Jessie!
If you’d like to make Everlasting Memories 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 Everlasting Memories.