24. March 2014 · Comments Off on Pattern Testing: Modern Gears · Categories: pattern review, quilts · Tags: , ,

a031014_0276I am not a quilt designer. Yet.

I have ideas for quilt designs, but I haven’t taken the time to learn how to properly write a pattern that someone else can follow. It’s on my To Do list… I am so inspired by what others create, and it is fun to see how simple shapes likes rectangles, squares and triangles can be arranged to make so many interesting designs.

I recently had the opportunity to do some pattern testing for my friend, Elizabeth Dackson, of Don’t Call Me Betsy. What fun! I still need to piece a backing and quilt it, but the piecing was really straightforward, and I chain pieced most of it, so it went really quickly!

I love the way Elizabeth writes her patterns. She provides yardage and cutting instructions for multiple sizes, essentially doing all the quilt mathematics. There’s no guesswork if you decide to make a size other than the one she made. And, she even includes a coloring page so you can audition your fabric selections before you commit.aIMG_5038I went with Kona charcoal for the background, a turquoise kona (can’t remember the name of the shade, and I can’t get my hands on a color card right now…), an absolutely luscious gray cross weave, an orange mini gingham from Michael Miller and the purple is Newsprint stripe, part of the Collage collection.  I also used some purple ombre dots by Riley Blake and some scraps of a green dot print.

a030514_0279I’m not usually a fan of pressing seams open, but I like how nice and flat the blocks are with the seams pressed open. I admit, I still pressed the seams of my hst’s to one side.  Old habits die hard, I guess!

aIMG_5098I love turquoise and orange together. Such bright, happy colors!

a030514_0280Honestly, the purple was a real stretch for me. I am usually sewing for boys, to pink and purple are not even on the radar! But, this quilt, when it’s finished, will be mine. I’m the only girl in the house, and it has purple.  Therefore, it is mine. YES!

a031014_0270My only regret with this quilt is that I didn’t make it bigger! I just might make 4 more blocks to extend the quilt a bit before I quilt and bind.  We’ll see.

It’s a great pattern, Elizabeth! Thanks for letting me test it for you!

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