The title and inspiration for this quilt came from a beautiful scrapbook page I saw somewhere. The asymmetrical arrangement of the snapshots caught my eye, and I love way they engage the edge of the quilt. I framed each improvised panel or snapshot in white, and Angela Walters worked her magic to create a cool secondary design in the negative space.
The quilt pattern appears in the premier issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited. I'm very excited to be a part of a publication aimed at our community of quilters and those interested in what we're all about. The magazine looks great. I am especially interested in Jacquie's atomic quilt. The design is so smart; she's made a complex looking quilt out of just three blocks. Look for it! Maybe she'll offer a preview on her blog. In any case, I hear the magazine should be on shelves in early November.
I was a little disappointed to see that my quilt was photographed sideways, but then I had to laugh. That must be a risk of modern, asymmetric design. I'm just glad the editors thought it looked just as good that way. If you try out the quilt, note that the diagrams are oriented with the shapes along the right edge of the quilt, as I have photographed it here for the blog.
I would love to see some of your own versions of the quilt. The improvised panels are super fun and easy to make. AmandaJean's book, Sunday Morning Quilts, has a wonderful description of how to make what she calls "slabs" like this. Jacquie's book, Quilting Modern, illustrates a similar technique nicely.
If improv isn't your thing or you want to make the quilt a little more quickly, you could always let the fabric do the work for you. Here is a rough digital sketch of how the quilt would look made from Kona Modern Quilts' cheater prints. Fun, right?
Or the panels can be a wonderful place to showcase your favorite large scale prints like Anna Maria Horner's Field Study.
Your fabric choices change the feel of the quilt so much! Okay, now I kind of want to make that Field Study version.