A little over 3 years ago, I made a quilt I named “Downstream” for the Quilt Design a Day QuiltCon exhibit. I used paper piecing to make the quilt, so when I considered writing a pattern for it, I struggled with how to offer it in sizes larger than the wall hanging size I created due to the ridiculous scaling the paper piecing templates would require. After a few years of percolation, I finally settled on a compromise method, but I clearly needed to make sure that it worked as well. So today I am happy to share my newest version of Downstream and announce that the Downstream digital quilt pattern, which includes instructions for 6 different quilt sizes, is now available!
The pattern uses 4 fabrics and creates a striking, off-grid modern quilt. When making my fabric selection for my test version, I was inspired by the temporarily green hills and bright orange poppies blooming here in California. Note that I didn’t use any of the new Kona Cotton bolts that I purchased; I was able to get all of these fabrics from my previous stash, haha! I selected Kona Cotton in Bluegrass (Fabric C), Candy Green (Fabric B), Snow (Fabric A), and Tangerine (Fabric D).*
Downstream, I have no idea what to expect tomorrow, let alone in the rest of 2020. But I know that if I can get a few moments of time with fabric or interacting with quilters in a day, I will feel more renewed and better for it. What actions are you taking to help yourself out downstream?
In the photograph that was the design prompt for the original Downstream quilt, there is a bright orange sign which reads: “We live downstream from our stuff.” Downstream in Grays: Kona Cotton in Snow (Fabric A), Shale (Fabric B), Charcoal (Fabric C), and Carrot (Fabric D).*
I used color matched 50wt Aurifil to the Kona Cotton I selected for this version of the #DownstreamQuilt. 2865 (Emerald) for Kona Bluegrass, 2835 (Medium Mint) for Candy Green, 2021 (Natural White) for Kona Snow, and 1104 (Neon Orange) for Kona Tangerine.
I knew I wanted to photograph the quilt with blooming poppies, but I didn’t want to drive far or trespass onto anyone’s property. Thankfully my therapist has a huge front yard bursting with poppies right now, and she gave me permission to take these photos a few days ago.
I’m especially drawn to the areas where the colors bleed out and drip down the quilt. Especially right now, it reminds me of the way our lives are interconnected and that what we do in one capacity affects us in others.
To celebrate the digital pattern release, Downstream will be on sale through Sunday, May 3rd.