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.