This third quilt in my new pattern series may look familiar to you. That’s because I made a version of this quilt for the QuiltCon exhibit that was held earlier this year. I had lots of pattern requests so I decided to offer the pattern in conjunction with this fabric collection. I think it works really well with the spectrum of colors found in my By Hand fabric. This layout shows the warm colors off a bit more than the cool colors. The pattern, which will be released on Monday, also includes fabric requirements and an illustration for a fabric layout that features the cooler colors more predominantly.
I designed this quilt in EQ8 so I was able to quickly and easily mock it up in many color variations. And, I’ve got to tell you, I flipped back and forth between the images so many times before deciding which I would choose to sew. This cooler color version, shown above in digital form, makes the negative space shapes pop a lot more. But ultimately, I decided to sew the warmer version simply because it had more pink. And I do love pink.
Negativity is a foundation pieced pattern. It’s very easy piecing with no tricky sections. I chose to sew mine in batches by color. I think that’s a good way to break up the project! I pieced and quilted in Aurifil 50 weight thread. The quilting is straight lines, set 1/2″ apart. I love the texture and the simplicity of the quilting.
One day, I dreamed up this photograph with a ladies cruising bicycle with a wicker basket holding a bunch of pink tulips wrapped in newprint. I am so happy that I was able to make it a reality, thanks to so many people. I asked on my town FB page if anyone had such a bike and was overwhelmed with responses from people willing to lend them for this purpose! Then I needed help picking up the bike and maneuvering it…I never realized that ladies cruising bikes are big and heavy! My mom helped me the day of the photographs and we quickly realized that newsprint transfers easily to our hands and to a white quilt so we were so very careful! And of course, I have lovely friends who let me use the side of their gorgeous old barn. It’s quite the group effort! But the finished pictures are so pretty that I think it was worth it.
The Negativity pattern will be available for sale as of Monday! I can’t wait to share it with you.