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Thursday, 23 February 2017

Celtic Twist Quilt Block | Step-by-Step Tutorial

celtic twist block pattern monica curry
Celtic Twist Block | 17" x 17" (42.5cm X 42.5cm) 
Welcome some Luck o' the Irish into your home this St. Paddy's day with this elegant Celtic Twist table runner. My mother was Irish, so I have a strong affinity for anything Celtic. I particularly love Celtic knots. So, just in time for St. Patrick's Day, I completed my Celtic twist table runner for my coffee table. I'm a big fan of neutrals and used the Woodland Wonder fabric line by Sarah Summers. I love the warm neutral tones in the Woodland Wonders fabric design and couldn't wait to use it to cheer up our living room. All those little woodland creatures are adorable.

Luck o' the Irish Table Runner 
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Luck o' the Irish Celtic Twist Table Runner pattern

CELTIC TWIST BLOCK TUTORIAL

This tutorial is for the 17" x 17" Celtic twist block shown above. It may look complicated, but it's simple to put together. There are no Y-seams and no templates to worry about. The block consists of two 6 inch units (one is a snowball block) and two different sized triangle units; that's it! You can make one block or add more units to make a quilt or table runner. I love this block for showcasing big prints. If you want to print this tutorial, there's a printer friendly button at the end of this post.

These are the four units you will need to make the block.

MATERIALS NEEDED FOR ONE BLOCK
(All measurements include a 1/4 inch seam allowance)

Unit 1 - Makes 4
[8] 5" x 2" dark print
[8] 5" x 2" light print
[4] 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" medium print

Unit 2 - Makes 4
[1] 7-3/4" solid

Unit 3 - Makes 4
[2] 7" solid
[4] 2" x 2" dark print

Unit 4 - Makes 1
[1] 6-1/2" x 6-1/2" large print
[4] 2" x 2" light print

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Polly makes my pencil quilt

One of the most rewarding things as a quilt designer is seeing how other quilters interpret my patterns. I was so pleased to recently see one of my most popular patterns, Pencil Me In, created by Polly at Aunt Polly's Porch. I think she did a beautiful job with this pattern. Her colour choices are stunning, and I love the hanging tabs she put on the top.

pencil quilt pattern by monica curry
Image from Aunt Polly's Porch Blog

Pencil Me In Mini Quilt Pattern
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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Kandinsky Revisited: Inspiration for a new art quilt

When I first started my blog a couple of years ago, I posted an art quilt I created that was inspired by the art of Wassily Kandinsky. Get the post HERE.

Kandinsky inspired art quilt mystic bird

I've recently been itchin' to try something different, so I thought I'd revisit my Kandinsky phase; I'm glad I did. Recently, I found other quilts inspired by Kandinsky and discovered Kandinsky quilts are quite a thing in the quilting world.

Below are a few examples of the Kandinsky quilts I found recently. You can see that Kandinsky's art translates extremely well into art quilts. If you want some inspiration for your own Kandinsky quilt, check out artsy.net where you'll find a catalogue of Kandinsky's artwork.

This Kandinsky quilt pattern is one of three patterns by quilter and fabric designer Patricia Bravo.

Kandinsky Quilt by Patricia Bravo

Check out these gorgeous Kandinsky quilts at the Lollyquiltzs Kandinsky Challenge.

lollyquiltz kandinsky quilt challenge


Kandinsky and Me by Carol J. Floyd. This is an award winning Kandinsky quilt from the 2010 American Quilt Society Quilt Show & Contest in Des Moines, Iowa.

kandinsky inspired quilt by carol j. floyd


Inspired by the Kandinsky classic, Color Study, Squares with Concentric Circles. This quilt was created by Rebekah at Don't Call Me Becky.

kandinsky quilt by rebekah


Kandinsky Goes to the Bahamas by Daniela Schupp for the Art Quilt Association Inspired by the Masters Show



Kandinsky Goes to the Bahamas by Daniela Schupp