Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A Breath of Spring...

When my daughter and my husband admired a quilt similar to this one at a quilt show last fall, I decided to make one to display on the wall in her home. It's such as easy design and yet evokes that pleasant feeling of looking through a window at a pretty view. The quilt starts with a fabric panel landscape scene. Making it requires just enough math to determine the size of the rectangles that can be cut from the panel so you'll know how many rows and columns there will be in the quilt. And the best thing of all is that Jenny Doan of The Missouri Star Quilt Co. has a helpful tutorial to guide you through the math. So once that's out of the way, cutting and sewing the quilt moves right along quickly.

Another good thing about her method is that there are no set-in seams. Traditionally the Attic Windows block requires a Y-seam or set-in seam at each corner where the lattice pieces come together. That's often tricky. But this method relies on half-square triangles at one end of the lattices and you can hardly see the seams, giving it a set-in look without the challenge. I've seen a few other panels that would lend themselves to this type of quilt, including a Santa-through-the-window one and a western-themed one with horses on a roundup. Now that this one is finished, I may decide it's not my last Attic Windows quilt!

I'm heading off to the AQS quilt show in Daytona for a couple of days, so perhaps my shopping with include another panel or two. I'll also be taking a class, so will post photos soon. Ahhh, Springtime!


Robbie said...

I love this quilt!!! I bet your daughter does as well! It really does look as if you are looking out a window!!! Very nicely done!!! Can't wait to hear about the show and see all your find to bring home with you!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I've seen quilts made like this before, but you lost me with your half square triangles (which sounds more like an oxymoron than a sewing term) and Y seams. Guess that proves I'll never be a quilter.

Your quilt is fantastic and I simply adore how you finished it with swirls, too. It's a beauty and I suspect your daughter is quite proud of it.

Have fun at the Daytona Quilt Show and enjoy your class, too.