The life and evolution of a quilt pattern isn’t always straight forward and linear. Heck, life isn’t straight forward and linear. I designed Tire Tracks several years ago when I was collaborating with Quilt Theory, but it didn’t translate to the pattern needs of that group. In late 2018, the pattern was selected for the 2020 Quilter’s Planner. It might seem crazy, but it takes a lot of planning ahead for publication. The Tire Tracks quilt was made in 2019 and photographed by Kitty Wilkin @nightquilter in Costa Rica for the 2020 Quilter’s Planner. This month, the rights to the pattern have reverted back to me allowing me to release the expanded Tire Tracks digital quilt pattern today.
The quilt itself seems to be a representation of the path it has taken in the evolution from design to reality to pattern. It reminds me of my 5 month trip to the Arctic with my husband in 2019. And it also seems to represent how we continue to adjust and rise to the needs of 2020.
Tire Tracks was originally published in the 2020 Quilter’s Planner in the baby size. The full Tire Tracks pattern lets you choose from six sizes: mini, baby, lap, large lap, twin, and queen.
Tire Tracks is a modern, two color/fabric quilt design. Use the coloring sheet included in the pattern to color and plan your layout or find inspiration from some of the alternate colorways, like the Navy and Lime example shown here. Tire Tracks could make the perfect graduation gift made up in school colors or be just the project for you to explore a favorite color.
To celebrate the Tire Tracks digital pattern release, it will be on sale through Sunday, June 7th.