This next pattern was inspired by a vintage quilt I found in a book. Here’s that quilt:
Have you ever wondered how one of my quilts begin? First, of course, I get inspired by a vintage quilt like above. Then the design process starts on my computer. Once I have come up with the design, I figure fabric needed and what has to be cut. I write the pattern as I go. Below is this quilt in pieces!
The key to making this quilt successfully is labeling all your pieces with the letter in the pattern and keep the pieces separated by color. That way you can pair up the colors you want to make the block. The first step in making the block is making the center star:
Next, add the outer border of the block to make the unique design.
So after making all the blocks, it’s time to lay them out on a design wall or large floor space to get a distribution of color pleasing to you.
Now it’s time to add the sashing and the piece border:
Finally, I am trying to proof the pattern I’ve written ….. with a bit of help from Addie!
She’s always looking for a soft spot to land when she enters my studio! Here is a close-up of the quilted block to show you detail and the beautiful quilting my quilter did. This quilt was quilted by Annette Ashbach of The Quiltmaker’s Nest.
So, here is the completed quilt, Homestead Trail!
In other news ….. I have a new pattern in the Nov/Dec issue of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting!
If you would like to win a copy of this issue, comment below on what inspires your quilting! I will pick a winner next week when posting my next new pattern! **Contest closed. We have a winner! … Marcia!**
Joy Meetis says
My quilting is inspired by traditional designs. I love looking at antique quilts and seeing the beauty in them. I like to think of how long quilting has been around and that is has brought, and continues to bring so much joy to so many.
Donna Robertson says
I love this quilt! Putting it on my list of to dos!
Carrie Mayer says
Just seeing quilts that others have done inspires me! Love seeing all the ways of putting pieces and colors together.
Nancy N says
I have always loved working with traditional blocks, they may be “old” but can be put together or made into so many new and fresh designs.
I gain inspiration from other quilters through magazines, social media, books, quilt shows, etc. Wish I had time to make them all!
Debra Gander says
The classic patterns take me back to all the amazing women in my family tree. I spent many years at the quilt guild meetings at Church. Many memories and sewing skills taught at my Mom’s knee. I brace my addictions to all things related to quilting and sewing. I am a stroke survivor of 14 years, and counting. My stitches are not what they were, seams might be less than 1/4 inch. My passion for my sewing remains in my soul.
Kathy in WV says
I’m probably like a great many other quilters….inspiration is all around…from the colors of autumn to the shape of a maple leaf. Most of my inspiration comes through seeing a beautiful quilt or pattern and wanting to make it my own. Your quilts are beautiful. I don’t have the Nov/Dec LOQ magazine yet….I’d love to make your quilt. The lovely photo inspires me.