“Solaris” and “Under Sunny Skies” Published!

If you are a fan of my quilt designs, purchase the July/August 2020 issue of McCall’s Quilting, and you’ll get two for the price of one! That’s right, this issue contains patterns for “Solaris” as well as “Under Sunny Skies.”

“Solaris” looks like a quilt make from two different blocks, doesn’t it? Instead, all 20 blocks are “Peyton’s Star” (designed by Sharon Craig published in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 2). Ten stars are colored with orange centers and yellow star points, and the remaining ten stars are colored with yellow centers and orange star points. Most of the fabrics are from the “Warp + Weft” collection by Modern Quilt Studio for Benartex. Please zoom in to see the textures and prints of the fabrics.

I love the jazzy, contemporary print that I chose for the border. It wonderfully combines the blue, orange, and yellow colors, adding interest to the overall design. For quilting, I used a light yellow thread and the “Malachite” pantograph designed by Patricia E. Ritter and distributed by Urban Elementz.

“Under Sunny Skis” is my second summer quilt featured in this McCall’s issue. About a year ago, the acquisitions editor called for quilts with a summertime theme. At the same time, Rachel Hauser, who blogs at Stitched in Color, conducted a “Dear Dottie” quilt along. (Search online for images of “Dear Dottie” quilts.) The dots were each composed of four large quarter circles; yes, we are talking curved piecing. I combined the editor’s call for quilts with my desire to quilt along with Rachel and friends.

Granted, there is only one dot in my quilt, and that is the yellow sun in the center of the quilt. I pictured the sun’s warmth emanating outward toward the earth, making possible our favorite summer pastimes, lazing at the lake or beach and hiking in the lush green forests. The colors in the quilt represent the ideas of sunshine (yellow, orange, red), water recreation (blue), and hiking (green). I used two different fabrics for each color to add depth and shading to the composition.

For quilting, I chose a light blue thread to match the background fabric and the “Vortex” pantograph designed by Hermione Agee and distributed by Urban Elementz. If you look closely, you can see a circle with swirling rays. This design both reminds me of sunshine’s rays and adds movement to the quilt. Feeling that an intense color for the binding would draw the eye away from the center, I instead used the light background fabric to finish the quilt.

McCall’s has generously given me several copies of this magazine to give away, so leave a comment below if you’d like to be in the drawing. I would like to know which is your favorite quilt, “Solaris” or “Under Sunny Skies.” The drawing will be June 15.

20 thoughts on ““Solaris” and “Under Sunny Skies” Published!

  1. Congratulations, Aby, for having 2 quilts published in the same magazine. It was hard to pick a favorite, I love them both, but I chose Under Sunny Skies as the one I liked a little better.

  2. I love the bright colors of Under Sunny Skies! I would love to make one but I struggle with curved piecing. I’ll have to give it another try.

  3. I love them both, but I think Under Sunny Skies would be the one I end up making.. I love making Drunkard’s Path blocks!

  4. Oh my gosh, I love Solaris!! Blue and orange are my new crush, not to be punny. After a lifetime of insisting that I detested orange, I have been won over, and my eyes are open to its charms. Solaris is a perfect example of putting orange in the spotlight and letting it shine.

  5. Which to choose….BOTH. I love stars and the colors of the fabrics you chose are yummy. That border fabric hits the mark right on. And “Under Sunny Skies” is so rich with color and texture. Not necessarily a fan of curved piecing but practice will help improve my technique. Than you for the opportunity. Congratulations on not one, but two great designs seeing “the light of day.” LOL

  6. As always, you have come up with 2 great patterns. I think the way you used the orange/yellows in Solaris makes that one my favorite although I am probably more likely to make Under Sunny Skies as I need to get comfortable with curves.

  7. Aby,
    Awesome job…two for one!!!! So happy to see just how successful you have become. Have so many fond memories or our quilting together at the Presidio. hugs to you and Ran

  8. Love them BOTH! The interplay of the solaris squares and the contemporary joy of the sunny skies floating quarter circles – and both in such wonderful fabrics! I think under sunny skies would be a great pattern for a throw blanket for Florida in all the beachy colors! Thanks for sharing all you do!


  9. Congratulations on having two quilts published in the same magazine. I think they are both beautiful but since I am a big fan of stars I would pick Solaris as my favorite.

  10. Aby, your quilts are always such a joy to see. Your color combinations and techniques are stunning and add such depth and clarity to your designs. Your designs are refreshing, and your workmanship is truly award winning!

  11. Both of these quilts are stunning. Love the bright bold colors. “Under Sunny Skies” would be a nice modern quilt for my granddaughter. Thank you for the giveaway!

  12. They’re BOTH BEAUTIFUL Quilts. So if I had to choose one, I’d choose “Under Sunny Skies” because the colors you’ve selected remind me of fun sunny days of high school, as those were my high school colors. 😊

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