September 23, 2016

Bloggers Quilt Festival: Original Design

Welcome to my Blogger's Quilt Festival post. If you're brand new to my blog, I do hope you'll look around a little. I'm a graphic designer turned quilter with a love for strong graphics, bold colors and an affinity for large scale prints. Thank you ever so much for stopping by. I also want to give Amy a big round of applause for putting on this virtual quilt show twice a year. Love it every single time.

Now on to my entry . . . I'd like to introduce Interweave, a brand new finish that I haven't even shared on my blog yet. I am entering it in the Original Quilt category.

Interweave quilt pattern, Springleaf Studios, Kaffe Fassett

Interweave is the fourth version of a new quilt design I've been working on and I have to tell you . . . it's my favorite. I love it!

The black and white prints were part of a cherished fat quarter collection I'd been saving and this was the perfect design for them. I only wish I'd had more fabric because I think it would be amazing as a bed sized quilt. It's a small lap size made for my new guest room which is mainly black and white with pops of bright color. Doesn't it look great with the black and white chair I redid last summer?

Interweave quilt pattern, Kaffe Fassett


I thoroughly enjoyed the design process for this quilt. The initial concept started with an exploration of weave patterns. Basket weaves. Fabric weaves. I enlarged the weave pattern and played with the sizing of the different elements. Since I love working with large scale prints, the horizontal rows were sized specifically to show off big prints.  The vertical columns are narrower to contrast with the wide rows and make a good place for either large prints like I used for this one or smaller prints as you can see further down the page.

It was a challenge to figure out the piecing method but it really isn't complicated. Essentially it's a row quilt and is quite easy to piece.

When I first started the pattern idea, I wanted to explore color schemes and a simple use of fabrics. Lush garden blues and greens with purple accents. The pattern is being written with this quilt below as the primary design, but I'd really love to know which one of all these is your favorite.

Interweave quilt pattern, Kaffe Fassett

The one below is a variation featuring a single fabric in all the horizontal rows. It has a real beachy feel to me because of the colors. Now if only there was a beach in Colorado.

Interweave quilt pattern, Springleaf Studios, Amy Butler


As you can see, there are lots of possibilities with the design. That's what I absolutely love about designing . . . exploring all the variations of a single concept. I still have other ideas that I haven't had time to try yet. Right now I'm toying with a green on green idea for my family room and possibly an all solid one with waves of color from both top to bottom and left to right. Solids would provide some amazing areas to show off machine quilting.

The Interweave pattern should be finalized and published soon. Please let me know which one of these three is your favorite. I'm curious since each new one I make becomes my latest favorite.  : )

I love designing my own quilts. Most are for my home and family plus some charity work through my local modern guilds. I turn a few of my designs into PDF quilt patterns that are sold through Craftsy and Etsy in case you're interested.

Thanks again for stopping by. Hope you are enjoying all the beautiful quilts in the festival. You can see my other entry here.

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21 comments:

  1. Hi Anne,
    I can't decide between the black and white or the big colored flowers. The color play in that one is amazing! I like them so much I tried to follow you again (even though I just got this blog post notice via e-mail). HA! HA!

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  2. I always enjoy your work, but you're right, the featured quilt is the clear winner of the bunch in this new design. I feel like there's another good name for this just out of reach in my brain just now, but I'll come back and share it if it comes to me (and it's any good, ha-ha).

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  3. I love this Anne! I love a pattern that looks complicated but isn't! Are you sure there are no 'y-seams' here? Maybe another name could be "Entwine"? It has a similar meaning but is a bit less used? Or "Warp and Weft"- that's a weaving term, isn't it? As to which one I like the best, that is a toughy- I love the beach, I love green but the first one is the one I keep coming back to look at and admire! Love the pinks and the contrast between the blacks and whites. I am definitely lining up to buy THIS pattern!

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  4. This is beautiful, Anne. I love the fabrics you used in it too. Lovely design.

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  5. Fantastic design, it will make a great pattern because it is so versatile. I like both the colorful and the B&W versions.

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  6. I love this design. The first one is my favourite.

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  7. I really love the graphic feel of the black and white with pops of color. It really seems like drops of color are weaving in and out which is delightful. As for names, I do think Woven is lovely, but if it is taken... how about Interwovern? Beyond that, I'd go to the weaving wikipedia page and read around (personally). :)

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  8. Stunning design Anne - soon as you have it in the shop I'll be buying the pattern!
    Now my favourite, of course, is your lush green and blue with the bright pink accent strips!

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  9. Lovely quilt, and I love all the possibilities! I think I'd call it "Behind the Bars" because it appears that the horizontal fabrics are woven behind long bars.(??) (lynnstck(at)yahoo.com)

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  10. Oh my. I think you may have just created the new go-to design for large scale prints. Absolutely stunning. Like Mystic Quilter, I will be buying this.

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  11. Love this Anne! What a way to showcase those large scale black and white print with pops of color. Looks great in any colorway!

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  12. What a gorgeous design! I love the first one, but the possibilities! Thanks for sharing the different versions!

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  13. I love the first one with the black and white. How about "Trellis" or "window trellis" or "looking into the trellis". Cannot wait until the PDFs is available.

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  14. The black and white version is my favorite, but I'm a big fan of the second one, I really like the colors in that one.

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  15. Hi Anne! I haven't had a minute to comment on your blog post until now, but I want you to know that I voted for your "original design" quilt, for Viewer's Choice. I do love it, and that bit of black makes it pop. It looks perfect on your black chair. And gosh, all your basketweave designs are super. I like the last one best... the one with the vertical darker blue that's off center. Just perfect. Sigh. Once again, I'm blown away by your talent. I hope you win something from the Blogger's Quilt Festival! Best wishes!

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  16. I voted for you! Love this one and all it's different color ways. It's such a great way to show off large swatches of fabric that you don't want to have to cut up into tiny little bits

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  17. This is a gorgeous design, Anne. So simple and striking.
    I voted for you.
    Preeti.
    http://sewpreetiquilts.blogspot.com

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  18. LOVE LOVE LOVE! (And I voted for you :) )

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  19. It's a tie for me...love the black/white one and also the "beachy" one :) LOVE this pattern and can't wait for it to be available.

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  20. So......I'm very late to the party ; ) I don't remember this quilt but it's fantastic! The black and white make the colours pop. Bravo!

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  21. I saw your initial idea for "Woven" a couple years ago on your blog when your idea was still in its infancy and hoped to see the finished quilt. Well worth the wait! All these versions are wonderful and I especially like the black/white/and bright version. So glad you're making a pattern of Woven, too!

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