The pandemic has affected a number of things that we once considered ‘normal’. Many print magazines, including the one I contribute to (Quilt Now) have had to slow production, since editors, printers and distributors have been on furlough and shops have rightly prioritised the sale of food and other necessary items. But some things are beginning to return to our new normal and I was pleased to see that issue 76 of Quilt Now has been published.
Inside are two of my quilt projects. The first is a large medallion quilt. I was inspired by antique and vintage versions of this style of quilt-making, where the design begins at the centre and then ever-increasing bands of pattern take you to the outside edge. I devised a bold, modern version with aqua (a colour I keep returning to), this time mixed with raspberry – a deep reddish-pink (or pinkish-red?). A soft ice-cream pink was added, plus plenty of white. It’s a big quilt – double-bed sized.
The other quilt in the magazine, by contrast, is a small quilt, perfect for a play-mat or a throw for a child’s bedroom.
I used snowball blocks to make the most of the pretty fabrics, which all came from the same collection: ‘Best friends forever’ by Stacey Iest Hsu for Moda. It’s a charming set of prints, that I came across at the Festival of Quilts last year.
It has been so sad to see playgrounds empty and locked during the lockdown in the UK. The main fabric (with a pink background) has such cheerful playground scenes (you can get a glimpse of this in the central circle in the image above). I am so looking forward to the day when the playgrounds are (safely) full again.
I don’t have playground images in my own fabric designs, but I do have some mermaids playing under the sea with small fishes…
You can find this design here