It is January, but I am thinking of spring with my new Clockwise Pillow published in the Spring 2017 issue of Quilts and More. It is a rainbow of arrows pointing in a clockwise direction and I could not be more pleased.
Here is the current issue of Quilts and More, I even found it at my local Kroger store. In my store, the magazines are opposite the aisle from the eggs and butter, those people shopping thought I was a little strange when I discovered this magazine and yelled “Yay” out loud right in the store.
I started out designing my pillow with Electric Quilt 7, quilt design software.
I usually print out a picture of my project and some of the rotary fabric cutting suggestions. Then I use my own favorite assembly methods and scribble, make notes and write all my updates all over the papers to create my pattern.
Then I start to assemble the blocks trying the ways I think I want to put it together.
Here is the red and orange block coming together. I used different low volume grey prints for the backgrounds.
I really like how it has that clockwise rotation and movement in just the first block.
This is a pretty large block. I love large blocks, less to sew and a they really make a big impact! I am grooving on this apple green.
Here is the top all pieced. The assembly directions are really straight forward and they went together in a jiffy.
I decided to try quilting a large spiral for this pillow. It is a nice look and the texture is great. If you have not tried quilting some spirals, you need to add it to your list. A pillow is a nice size to start and practice spirals. This stunning pillow will be going in my family room.
This is why it took me a long time to spiral quilt this pillow. Oh Cookie cat!
Check it out in the latest issue of Quilts and More Spring 2017.