I hope you had a chance yesterday to watch my Fresh Quilting Season 2 segments. When I was contacted about the opportunity, I pitched ideas for filming one design segment and one technique segment, and both were accepted!
For the design segment, I really wanted to talk about color value, transparency, and how to use those techniques to take a traditional quilt block and create a modern quilt. As a result, I created the Cross Check mini quilt which is based on the King’s Cross block.
One thing that I was really passionate about showing through this mini quilt is how prints can be used for color value play, and these Alison Glass prints work brilliantly. If you have watched my transparency design segment, you already know this, but I even talk through what to do if ordering fabric online results in fabrics that are too similar in value. The binding was supposed to be the medium value in the quilt but it didn’t work as intended so I substituted a new light value into the quilt instead. Also, a million thanks to Renee from Quilts of a Feather for buying a yard of fabric for me so I could make step outs for filming the weekend before (I had just enough of the light value print in my stash to make the mini quilt, but I did not have enough for step outs)!
I used my hera marker to mark the echoing lines that I quilted for the Cross Check mini quilt (using 50wt Aurifil thread, of course!). I like how the echoed lines help emphasize the pattern. The Cross Check mini quilt finishes at 24-inches square.
For my technique segment, I wanted to discuss tips for precision piecing hourglass or quarter square blocks. I have a few pattern designs that use these blocks, and I decided to downsize and modify my Sunburst pattern and created what I call the Single Burst mini quilt. The Single Burst mini quilt finishes at 18-inches wide by 25-inches tall.
It was in quilting Single Burst that I decided I needed to do some thinking about using my walking foot on my Juki. I think I ripped quilting lines and re-quilted this mini quilt about three times over. Just a few weeks later I purchased a Janome walking foot that works beautifully on my machine. It’s a relief to know I won’t be fighting walking foot quilting like I did for this mini quilt finish in the future!
I am really pleased to share that I am releasing Cross Check and Single Burst mini quilt patterns in a combined PDF today. As I am sure you are well aware, I am passionate about color value and transparency design, and I want you to feel confident using the technique and selecting your fabric.
If you have been hesitant to pick up any of my other transparency patterns, these mini quilts might be the perfect place to start: small projects with minimal fabric requirements might help free you from the fear of fabric selection. Both quilts only require three main fabrics (instead of 4 or more), and between the detail included in the mini quilt pattern release, my Fresh Quilting Season 2 video segments, several of my free tutorials, my Quilting Jetgirl Facebook group (where you can easily post photos and ask questions), and the upcoming Wayward Transparency Quilt Along, I hope you can find the encouragement and support you need to give transparency and color value selection a try!