Pat Bravo asked if I would like to make a quilt featuring Legacy by Angela Walters. Of course I would! I had a lot of fun. I loosely based my design on one of the prints in the collection called Grand Mosaic (seen below).
I chose to use straight strips and drunkards path blocks to create nested rounded squares. While looking to see if there was a proper name for the rounded square, I bumped into the term squircle. I think it’s so funny that it’s actually a mathematical term that I had to use it even though the rounded square and squircle are slightly different mathematically. They are nearly the same so I am going with it. I hereby name this my Squircle quilt. The drunkard’s path blocks were cut using my Sizzix Big Shot and the drunkard’s path arch and quarter circle dies. Using these dies, a finished drunkard’s path unit is 4″. I based the rest of my calculations on that, yielding a 60″ square lap quilt.
I requested my favorite prints from the collection to use in this quilt. I particularly like the confetti-like print called Geneology so I used it in the Oro colorway on the quilt top and for the majority of the backing and in the Azul colorway for the binding. I also really like the blue print called Drawn Destiny in Denim. You can find the whole Legacy collection at the Fat Quarter Shop and Sew Fresh Fabrics. I love the oceany feel that this collection has. Now, I am thinking that it also has an icy feel. That could be due to the snow that is blanketing every surface here at the moment.
This was a quilt that was almost not shared till spring due to the difficulty taking pictures. Just to give you all a laugh, I will explain that I trudged through snow that was a foot high while carrying the quilt, my camera and a ladder. I walked through the snow, the kind that is frozen on top so you momentarily think you will be able to walk on top of it till you fall through and the snow goes over the top of your boots. I set up the ladder while my fingers froze in temps in the single digits. I then trudged down the hill in the snow and set the ladder up again to stand on it to take the pictures. After coming in and warming up, I sent the pictures to my husband at work. Pictures in the snow are tricky because snow seems to cast a bluish hue. My husband told me that he didn’t like any of them at all.
This led me to drive to the beach the following morning, when my car thermometer read 3 degrees, to try taking more pictures. The lighting wasn’t great and it was more or less a wasted trip where I froze my fingers nearly to the point of tears. It was then that I decided that my pictures are good enough and my husband is a harsh critic from his cozy office! With a little editing, the color is better. And I am inside now and warmer.
These last two pictures show the quilting. After a lot of deliberation, I decided to quilt in a meandering boxy square. I think it works. I also like how the simple, modern design of the quilt top works with the modern fabrics in this collection.
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