Modern Quilt Pattern–Sneak Preview

Hello Everyone,

I was one of several quilt designers chosen to make a modern quilt pattern for Fat Quarterly Magazine–an ezine that you can also buy in print!  The challenge theme was Curves and we were given free rein to make whatever we liked using that theme.

I decided to use curves in piecing my blocks.  The quilt pattern will be forthcoming in an issue this summer but here’s a sneak preview.

The wonderful folks at Fat Quarterly sent me some fat eighths and I auditioned other fabrics from my stash.  The palette was quite lovely–full of dark greys, teal, chartreuse, green, off white/tan and black.

Fabric received from FQ

Fabric received from FQ

Fabric pile

Other fabrics I auditioned to add








I found a focus print in my stash that had a Paris theme.  Since Fat Quarterly is based in the UK, I thought this fabric was quite appropriate.  For my neutral, I used a mottled grey from Moda.

Here are some glimpses of my process and the finished quilt.

Making improv curved block

Making an improv curved block–one of my favorite improvisational blocks.


Auditioning blocks

Auditioning blocks for the layout. See the Paris fabric peeking out on the lower right?











I used a size 8 Perle cotton thread for the handquilting.  I used three different colors–a gold, dark teal and aubergine.  There are large areas of matchstick straight line quilting with my walking foot–no marking, all improvisationally done.  I also followed the curves in some of the blocks for curved line quilting.  All of this was done on my Janone 9000 with my walking foot and Superior thread in a medium grey that disappeared so beautifully into the quilt colors, leaving just the line.

Quilted by hand and with walking foot

Quilted by hand and with walking foot

One Response to Modern Quilt Pattern–Sneak Preview

  1. Lenore Loftus April 10, 2015 at 8:30 pm #

    Looks great Carole!!

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