Skating on Frog Pond

I have exciting news! I designed this paper pieced iceskate block and pillow pattern for issue 8 of Fat Quarterly. The issue is all about paper piecing. I took a quick look through the ezine and there are some great projects in there!

My project was inspired by a New England tradition, skating on Frog Pond at the Boston Common. I designed a paper pieced iceskate; the traditional white figure skating sort.

I really enjoyed embellishing it. I added eyelets and brads and embroidery for laces.

The iceskate block is bordered by a “frame” using drunkard’s path blocks at the corners. I used my Accuquilt Go Baby for those. I love the way that the “frame” worked and can see using that again in combination with other blocks.

Issue 8 was sent to subscribers today and is available for general sale on Tuesday, January 31 right here. There is still time to sew this wintery pillow before spring! If you make one, please add a picture to the During Quiet Time flickr group and the Fat Quarterly flickr group.


  1. So beautiful!

  2. Ooh, love how the quilting looks like it’s been done by skates twirling around, congrats on the publication too :o)

  3. Wonderful!

  4. I love this! You are so incredibly talented. Got my issue today! Did you have to reinforce the holes you cut for the brads so the fabric didn’t tear later?

  5. this is beautiful, beautiful! i love the skate & the quilting tracks it made in the ice …

    and i truly love the “frame” that makes the best churn dash block! Churn dash (monkey wrench, etc) is my all-time favorite.


  6. Oh, I LOVE this!!!! My daughters take ice skating lessons so this is a perfect block to turn into some pillows or totes for them. Thank you, it’s perfect!!

  7. Amy, this is amazing! I don’t see how you come up with this stuff. You are turning into a real paper piecing master.

    Between your project and Krista’s, I think I need to buy this Fat Quarterly issue.

  8. This is so gorgeous Amy! You really nailed that skate. Think I will have to buy this issue!

  9. Wow! This is gorgeous – the skate is so pretty!

  10. Love seeing those brads up close. Such a great shape- totally a vintage skate!

  11. Oh my word you are a talented lady. It is just perfect!

  12. Amy-
    This is sooo beuatiful. I love the lace details!

  13. You amaze me! Your creative productivity is through the roof. This pattern looks so crisp and pretty.

  14. Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts says:

    Amy this is such a great block. I love the embellishment. Congratulations on being published!

  15. It’s a wonderful pattern Amy! It would be such a great gift for a figure skater…I can see a whole quilt all done with different coloured skate boots!

  16. This is just fabulous, Amy! The details are so special and the overall shape is spot-on.

  17. Hooray for you! I was looking at the new issue last night and saw that my two favourite bloggers had patterns in it. I bought the stitch magazine today with Krista’s pillow in it. I can get her to sign my magazine but I have no idea how I would get your signature on an e-zine!!
    The skate pattern is perfect, you really captured the strong shape of the scate and the frame is wonderful!

  18. Nice job, Amy! The skates are marvelous. Too bad I don’t paper piece. 🙁

  19. This is totally awesome! I love that e-mag!So clever using those brads!!

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