DDQAL stands for “Designer Duo Quilt Along” and it’s kicking off today with Designers, Nancy Rink & Sarah J. Maxwell. I’m thrilled to have been asked, along with Tiffany Hayes of Needle In A Haystack Quilt Shop, to be a guest designer. What does that mean? It means that Tiffany and I recolored the Kaleidoscope Quilt that is the pattern we will be making in this quilt along, and we will also be providing discoveries and tips resulting in those discoveries as we’ve been making our quilts.
I chose to recolor it using the “Around Town” collection by Sarah Golden for Andover Fabrics and a selection of colors from the “Linea” collection from Makower Fabrics, and distributed by Andover in the U.S. When I recolored the quilt design I ended up loosing the optical illusion of circular movement that is so special in Nancy, Sarah, and Tiffany’s versions. The repeated block with the triangles create this effect along with the four patch blocks. My version became very retro yet modern because of the fabrics. I also ended up altering the actual shapes within the six featured block designs because of fabric placement. It’s interesting how placement and fabric selection can play differently in a quilt design. I love it and I love the possibilities with the Kaleidoscope quilt.
As block construction gets underway I will be providing some tips that I always utilize when constructing half square triangles (HSTs) and flying geese (FG) units. To start with, I always round up the cutting measurements at least an 1/8″. For example, when cutting the strips in block one that eventually create the A triangles, I cut the strips at 3″ instead of what it calls for. This way I have a little more room to square up my HSTs and make them as perfect as possible. This is also useful because not everyone’s machine makes true 1/4′ seams. This way you are sure to get your HSTs to be consistent and then everything lines up beautifully when you assemble your blocks. It’s just one of those things. Most importantly, remember to have fun and make something beautiful!